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Create your own hotel chic with a stylish bathroom; YVONNE JONES Interiors.

THERE are a number of key features that make a home appealing to buyers.

One is the kitchen, the hub of the home, the garden, especially in this fine spring weather, and the bathroom, which has come a long way from being a functional space.

Opulent bathrooms have become the ultimate must-have. Many people sacrifice a bedroom in order to create their dream space.

If you want to create a bathroom that rivals anything a luxury hotel could conjure up, then take a look at designer bathroom specialist CP Hart's range (www.cphart.co.uk).

For greatest impact consider placing a free-standing bath in a central position within the room.

CP Hart's Stone One bath is beautifully streamlined, and makes a stunning feature in the room. Combined with a twin washbasin, for his 'n' hers ablutions, and a huge gilt mirror and a chandelier, this is the ultimate in luxe.

All of this can be scaled down to suit a smaller space. Don't worry about putting a chandelier in a compact area, I think overscaling works brilliantly.

A strong colour also works in a confined space, creating drama rather than making the place look hemmed in.

Taylor's Etc. has a beautiful collection of copper and brass baths (www.taylorsetc.co.uk) Manufactured in the UK, these tubs bring warmth and individuality to any bathroom, and get away from the trend for a slightly clinical look.

Copper and brass are also naturally heat retentive materials, so not only do the baths have a warm ambience, they also feel pleasant to the touch.

The bath range includes the Bateau Bath style, a design commonly associated with opulent French chateaux of a bygone era.

I often install wet rooms for my clients. Choose your tiles with care if you are planning on putting one in your own home.

Select a warm colour, and/or embellish with decorative detail in the tile work, as floor-to-ceiling tiles can look and feel cold.

However, wet rooms are immensely practical, as you never have to worry about water splashing where it shouldn't.

Bathroom basins have also travelled a long way since the days when they were simply utilitarian items on a pedestal.

Now they come in a multitude of pleasing shapes and sizes and materials.

I like the natural look of stone, and it lasts forever and is easy to keep clean.

Beware of glass, however, as every streak will show, and they are hard work to keep looking immaculate.

I like a bathroom to look comfortable, which is why I have an armchair in mine.

I tend to go for a soft, warm and cosy look, making the bathroom somewhere to linger even on the coldest days.

Even if you have no funds for a complete bathroom overhaul, investing in some luscious new towels and new bath mats will make a difference to the general appearance of the room.

Make sure you have scented candles and plenty of bath oil, and you will still be able to indulge in some of life's comforts without a colossal outlay.

Yvonne Jones is a Royal College of Art trained designer, and owner of Chameleon Interiors. Call 029 2037 1277 or visit www.chameleoninteriors.co.uk

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Date:May 7, 2011
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