You may eventually tire of fancy bathroom furniture which at first seems stunning, so it’s often best to stick to something fairly simple and go to town on the decoration instead. Repainting a wall is cheaper than buying a new bath!
Since a bathroom is a private place, and you don’t actually live in the room, colours, patterns and styles which you couldn’t tolerate elsewhere in the home can be used to good effect. (Don’t, though, get too carried away: check that the materials you want to use can resist heat, damp and steam.)
Lighting can reinforce the atmosphere – bright lights for a high-tech effect or glowing lighting for something more intimate. Also, consider the positioning of the bathroom furniture – a bath at right angles to the wall can make an interesting focal point. Similarly, an ordinary bath can be transformed if the surround is fully tiled, panelled, or carpeted. A sunken bath invokes a feeling of luxury – and if you can’t sink the bath into the floor, build up the floor instead.