The smallest room in the house can be your grand design

Usually the smallest room in the house, the downstairs cloakroom or toilet is often an afterthought when planning home renovations. The Lavatory Project, a series of 8 installations each imagined by a different interior designer, is currently on display only at Grand Designs Live, until 13th May 2018. Each room encompasses a totally different theme, embracing the brief Design by You, to produce a celebration of unique, individual spaces in the home. From bold colours to fabulous textures, these small lavatories aren’t afraid of making a statement and are sure to spark the creativity of every visitor.

Lisa Roberts of The Open Plan’s striking monochrome lavatory was named as the overall winner of The Lavatory Project by Anna-Maria Casas, the Editor of Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine, who commented:

“We chose this design as we feel it will really appeal to our readers, it’s very on-trend with the black and white palette, and the use of mirrors to bounce light and the stripes make the room appear much larger than it is!”

Lisa Roberts of The Open Plan – Playing with loud, clashing prints including spots and stripes, as well as graphic adornments and shelving, convex mirrors, and a monochrome colour scheme, with just a hint of colour, this lavatory is an arresting masterpiece of surrealism.


Helen Crouch of Concept & Completion – Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Helen has created this incredible ‘throne room’, with a myriad of wedding-themed and bespoke touches ranging from the striking union jack floor, to the more subtle Mr & Mrs hand towels.

Joanna Beavan of AUBE Interiors – Inspired by the idea of bringing the outside in; Joanna’s stunning design gives visitors the feeling of stepping outside to a very luxurious garden. Using oversized floral motifs, potted plants, soft natural colours, contrasted with a deep background, minimal white fixtures and a window-like mirror to maximise space, this downstairs loo is a genuine orchard of British products.

Samantha Theakstone of Samantha Jane Décor – Using a blend of contrasting materials and textures including concrete, metallics and bright patterned tiling, Samantha has created a striking and opulent room, off-set by tones of mustard and deep blue, softened with plants and bold with graphic shapes.

Sharon Jane of Sharon Jane Designs – Trained as a wallpaper designer, Sharon’s use of interesting textures through weave-style wallpaper and clashing paint colour blocking have created a bold and sumptuous room; richly textured and contrasting with the introduction of innovative lighting solutions and green vegetation.

Trish Coggans of Outshine Interiors – Embracing Hollywood glamour, Trish’s creation is a sublime contrast of deep tones and metallic accents, a mixture of texture and unique artwork add a finishing touch of opulence to this Oscar worthy lavatory.

Maria Gratsova of Bright Designs – This lively little space instantly lifts the spirits and brings a touch of summer-infused happiness to the much-maligned cloakroom. Featuring Scandinavian-inspired Mid-Century lines and clashing patterns, along with an unexpected warm colour scheme.

Lyndsey Burrow of Grace & Grey Interiors – Lyndsey’s ultra-feminine design features a brilliant contrast of soft pastel shades, striking flamingo wallpaper and unique monochrome tiling alongside unexpected touches of greenery, to create a haven within the home, perfect for the lady of the house.