What is your favourite colour for a bathroom? Nicky Haslam:
I just saw a bathroom by Robert Moore in House and Garden. It looked wonderful - the walls are deep blue, and everything else is white. I’d like to do a blue bathroom. I tend to do them in off white or pale pink. As my friend Nan Kempner used to say ‘Give a woman a pink bathroom and she’s happy’ - as it makes you look so wonderful.
How do you warm up a chilly bathroom? NH:
Heated towel rails do it pretty well! It would be quite fun to do a bathroom in the House of Hackney Palmeral print. That would be rather wonderful – to make a bathroom look unlike a bathroom.
What are your bathroom essentials? Bath or shower?NH:
I think bathrooms look funny without a bath, there’s something weird about it. I did a house for a client who didn’t want a bath, so she had a huge bathroom with no bath – and it seemed so wrong. If you’ve got the space then certainly both.
Do you have a bathroom storage secret? NH:
The key is to have plenty of it! Wash bags from House of Hackney all lined up would be nice.
What gives a bathroom glamour and how do you create drama? NH:
I’m not sure drama is what one wants in a bathroom, but glamour certainly. Being able to see oneself perfectly, every pore, is a good place to start. Good lighting is the essential element of a bathroom I think. As well as very hot water and plenty of towels!
What are your favourite materials to use in a bathroom? NH:
You’d be a bit mad to use satin in a bathroom. It might be rather beautiful though. I like chintz bathrooms. Bathrooms that don’t look like bathrooms are rather wonderful.
How do you decorate a small bathroom such as a downstairs loo? NH:
Use the largest scale print you can, or largest size whatever. It takes your eye to something bigger than the room is.
JD: What would be your basin of choice?
NH:The loo is more important really. The Westminster is the prettiest loo ever made. It has a basin to match, I think. It is slightly octagonal, it’s a very pretty basin.