Q: What comes first: colour, tiles, bath and sink or the vanity?
Usually the hero or main focus point of the bathroom comes first. A beautiful freestanding bath can be the standout feature and everything else is created around it. Colour is also a huge starting point since it can determine the type of stone used or the choice of floor tile.
Even with a natural or neutral colour palette, tones and layers of colour can all come together to create an inviting bathroom. The use of pattern and tile size should also be considered before choosing tiles. For example, smaller tiles such as subways are great for a classic look, while large format tiles create a more contemporary and open space.
Q: Does a bathroom need to follow the design of the rest of the home, or can it be a star in its own right?
When I design a home I like all of the rooms to reflect and relate to one another. There should be a natural flow between the interiors. If you have used a particular stone for a kitchen island bench, then you could use a stone in the bathroom that picks up on those tones and colours from the kitchen.
Another way to keep up the continuity is to accessorise: towels, luxury products, vases and baskets can all help in creating a flow from one room to the next.