A copper tile feature wall for a London bathroom transformation

We speak to designer Sonia Pash about her latest renovation with TEMZA, including a wall-mounted WC and the importance of a shaving socket

Bathroom renovation with copper tiling feature wall

Lacking a statement piece or any kind of focal area, this bathroom was ‘very sad’ in its original format.

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Bathroom renovation with wall mounted toilet and intuitive lighting

“It had an outdated design,” the homeowners tell us. “We were keen for it to look minimalistic and clean, and wanted to add a feature element, which would be elegant but with wow-factor,” they said.

Here’s what they did.

The project in a nutshell:

The property: A three-bedroom penthouse in Pimlico, London

Who lives there? A married couple

The designer: Sonia Pash of TEMZA

The homeowners agreed almost instantly with the ideas presented them to by Sonia Pash of interior design agency TEMZA. Think Carrara-effect porcelain tiles on the floor in snowy white, and different types of mosaic incorporated as a stunning feature wall.

Bathroom renovation with recessed shelving and copper tile feature wall
Photo from TEMZA

“The client wanted to create a modern bathroom with clean lines,” Sonia tells us.

She adds: “They also wanted something special about it, without going to extremes.

“The bathroom is quite small, so we could only have one feature element without overloading it.”

The decision was made that a feature wall would work perfectly as a focal point within the space.

Sonia says: “The only wall which was exposed and could be used was the one with the WC installed into it – which is a bit of a strange wall to feature!

“We created alcove shelves above the WC, installed LED lighting to highlight the shelves and cladded it with shiny copper mosaic tiles.

“We definitely achieved the desired effect – the client loved it!”

Bathroom renovation with copper tile feature wall and wall-mounted toilet
Photo from TEMZA

Fortunately for the couple, they were able to vacate the property whilst the redesign took place, temporarily moving into their secondary home in the countryside. Their advice for other homeowners who are considering a bathroom redesign is research and prior preparation: “Make sure you check all the lead times,” they recommend, “and get your materials to arrive on time!”

Bathroom renovation with mirrored cabinet and wall-mounted tap fittings
Photo from TEMZA

Sonia also has a few pointers to share: “Do detailed technical drawings for your bathroom, including tiles lay-out, an electrical plan (don’t forget to position the not-so obvious details; for example, a shaving socket) and, of course, the position of sanitaryware (in the correct sizes!).

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“Consider how all the elements will work together and go from there…”