HOMES & GARDENS feature – Interior Designer Kay Westmaas shares her solutions for keeping clutter at bay.

“Good storage is essential, especially if you want to make your bathroom as calm as possible, with surfaces clutter free. Bespoke fitted furniture is a good way of providing storage. A recessed cupboard behind a wall mirror can offer shelf space but it is important to get the sizing right – 120mm is a practical depth. It’s useful for shaver sockets and toothbrushes; I would advise one shaver socket per basin. A vanity unit is perfect for toiletries and cosmetics and if there’s room, I include a built-in laundry basket and a cupboard for towels. Wall niches in the shower area, built into a stud wall, are ideal for bottles. Again, sizing is key. A height of 300mm by the same width works for bottles of shampoo and conditioner, for instance. If you think you need more space, you can double the height to 600mm and include a shelf within the niche. I like to use tactile materials where I can, including veneers and solid timbers and painted finishes on cabinets. Blinds, sheers and curtains made from outdoor fabrics, such as those available at Perennials Fabrics, are ideal for use in a bathroom. Curtains create a softer feel, and provide privacy and a luxurious look, so they are particularly useful in listed properties where it may not be possible to install double glazing or shutters.”

Words by Amelia Thorpe from Homes & Gardens magazine

Photography by Rebecca Reid