007 ways to create a James Bond style bathroom
While we're not suggesting exploding vanities, jetpacking toilets or flamethrowing hairdryers, you'll want to include a few smart products that would make Q branch proud. Your hit list might include waterproof televisions (try Aquavision), music-playing mirrors (try HiB, Keuco or Roper Rhodes), programmable bidets (TOTO, Geberit, VitrA and Villeroy & Boch), sensor-operated taps (Hansgrohe and Iqua by Aquis) and some cool bathroom audio (Denon's HEOS 1 and Kohler's Moxie showerhead speakers). Also check out the TimeAster tap collection by Rubinetterie Stella, with dials made to look like luxury watches.
Geberit's Monolith Plus sanitary module for wall-mounted WCs features sensor-controlled switch-on, integrated odour extraction and coloured LEDs
Combining bidet and WC functions, Geberit's AquaClean shower toilets boast features such as adjustable sprays, sensor-operated lids, warm air dryers, odour extraction, heated seats and LED lighting
For Bond, dashing good looks are a given – think smart masculine colour schemes in greys, chrome and striking black. Sleek lines and streamlined forms will ooze contemporary cool. If you want to up the luxe factor, consider introducing elements of dark wood and marble. And for a touch of glamour, splashes of gold and even a sprinkling of diamonds (check out Bibliotheque's Strass Crystal porcelain tiles) will work too. If you love the amazing settings pictured in the 007 films and like the idea of a Bondscape in your bathroom (perhaps snowy mountaintops in the Austrian Alps or the night skyline in Istanbul), Glamora via Alchemy Design Award offers a custom service for its Glamtec ceramic bathroom wallcoverings. Or if you have a favourite film still, Original Style can create a bespoke mosaic panel in glass, stone or ceramic from a photograph.
Artwork and a luxury platinum finish on the Bauhaus Svelte WC reinforce a Bond-style scene in this cool monochrome bathroom
With a nod to film Goldfinger, these Arabia glass tiles by Original Style would make a striking addition to any Bond-themed bathroom
Introduce the golden touch with accessories from the Kartell by Laufen collection, including this washbasin, pendants and mirror
Twin-ended and generous enough for two, this composite bathtub by Aston Matthews is clad in gold mosaic
Next to set the scene for a steamy shower encounter… romantics will enjoy the new generation of touchscreen interface showers available with audio, chromatherapy, aromatherapy and nebulizer options (try Hansgrohe's RainBrain, Kohler's DTV+, Aquademy's Spastream, Fantini's Acquadolce and Grohe's F-digital Deluxe as well as systems by FIMA Carlo Frattini and Zucchetti).
Shown above a spacious vanity from Keuco's Edition 400 collection, this light mirror has a sensor-controlled mirror heater to prevent fogging, along with dimmable LED lighting that can also be adjusted from bright white daylight to a warm, white light
Likewise any bathtub needs to be large enough for two to share and the more high-tech, the better. Consider whirlpool or spa hydrotherapy, chromatherapy, aromatherapy and sound systems (look at offerings by Teuco, Jacuzzi, Kohler, TOTO and Kaldewei).
There's plenty of room for two in this stunning Party bathtub by Mastella, made from Cristalplant composite.
And hand-in-hand with seduction, make way for a cocktail cabinet or drinks facilities in the room. While a concealed drinks cubby would be suitably Bond-esque, it might be as simple as a decorative tray (Zara Home offers a wide selection), a tray table (try Design Vintage) or perhaps a mobile drinks trolley that will double as bathroom storage. Trolle Iacobucci offers customised airline trolleys that can serve as luxury mobile drinks cabinets, featuring elements such as Swarovski crystals, leather, sound systems, coloured LEDs, Bluetooth and refrigerators, all operated on batteries. They're also sturdy enough to knock out any passing Bond villain.
We love the Art Deco style drinks trolley in aged brass and white marble by Design Vintage, perfect for holding Martini cocktails
Bond always has a surprise or two up his sleeve, so you might like to include a secret compartment within your design… perhaps hidden storage within a wall recess or bath panel, a false-bottomed bin or a valuables stash behind a tile (DTile). Other unexpected storage areas might include a mirrored cabinet concealed in the wall (Keuco), one that opens upwards to reveal the contents within (Robern and Keuco), or vanity units with countertop compartments with pop-up lids (Toscoquattro).
Bond is no stranger to luxury locations where classic schemes work equally as well as their modern counterparts. This ACADEMY by Oasis vanity area combines marble, lacquer and metal for fine Art-Deco inspiration
Finally, since close-shaves go without saying for Ian Fleming's suave British secret agent, you'll want to create the perfect place for male grooming with a generously sized vanity area with concealed storage in its design. Gadgets like Simplehuman's Sensor mirror with 5x magnification and natural sunlight simulation will ensure you're looking your best while a large or twin basin will also prove invaluable for any leading ladies. For sophisticated furniture, check out Milldue, Toscoquattro, Keuco and Oasis via Alchemy Design Award.
Sleek lines and masculine colours combine in this vanity area by Toscoquattro, showing the Concerto collection of furniture