kitchen, bathroom & laundry blog
November 21, 2016

Ideas to update your bathroom with Romy Alwill

e&s Ambassador, interior designer, and a regular on shows like The Block, Reno Rumble and The Living Room, Romy Alwill was recently interviewed by Herald Sun Home magazine on what you need to consider before building, renovating or updating your bathroom. She also gave her ideas on how to update your bathroom, even if you’re not undergoing a complete renovation.

“Building, renovating or updating an existing bathroom is definitely worth it. We spend so much time in our bathroom; a simple update of existing fittings and features, or a whole renovation, can turn that space into a place of indulgence,” says Romy.

Before you start your bathroom project, Romy’s biggest tip is to plan ahead, and not just get stuck in. If you set out a plan, you can visualise the end result and there’s less room for unplanned surprises as you go along.

Romy Alwill, e&s Ambassador and interior designer

Ways to update your bathroom:


With such a beautiful range of tapware available now in range of looks, colours and finishes, updating your taps and mixer is an easy way to update and modernise the look of your entire bathroom. Metallics are on trend and we’re seeing lots of brushed brass and lived-in/organic looking finishes. White and black tapware is also popular, especially in matte finishes. Romy says “the only rule-of-thumb is to ensure tapware is in keeping with the rest of the metal fittings and accessories of the room.”

Kohler Derring Wading Pool Self Rimming Basin and Kohler Purist Purist tapware

Vanities, cabinets and basins

Romy says people are thinking outside the square when it comes to basins, especially mounted on the bench rather than recessed into the vanity. Choosing the right basin and vanity can complement the taps and tiles in your bathroom and complete the whole look. Vanities are about functionality and storage too, so keep that in consideration when selecting this, especially the family bathrooms. Inset mirrored cabinets and double drawer vanities give plenty of space of all your bits and pieces without having to have them on show.


Although the toilet doesn’t usually take centre stage in a bathroom, with a huge range available in terms of style, shape, comfort and water efficiency, you are sure to find one suitable for your needs. Romy recommends a wall-hung toilet with the cistern hidden behind the wall as a good way to keep things sleek, simple and subtle. e&s stocks a wide range of styles to suit your bathroom’s design aesthetic and complement your other bathroom fittings. Your budget will determine the style of toilet available to you, from the basic suites to the more luxury wall hung style.

Brodware Halo Three Piece Wall Basin Set in Brushed Rose Gold Finish


Showers and screens

A showerhead is another easy product to update or consider in your bathroom. If you’ve got the space you can consider a double showerhead and just like your tapware, they are available in a range of colours and finishes. Romy says “guys tend to love rain showers because they don’t mind getting their hair wet, while women prefer a wall shower – having both, pleases both.” As the bathroom is often a smaller space, she recommends a glass showerscreen which doesn’t break up the flow of the room.

*AXOR – Axor Citterio E shower set with Raindance Select S 120 3 jet hand shower
*Axor is exclusive to e&s.


A bath doesn’t only have to be enjoyed on holidays. For apartment living it might not be practical to have a bath, but if you’re renovating and there’s space for one or it’s already existing, then Romy recommends keeping it (especially if you have kids). Choosing what type of bath – built-in or freestanding – will come down to the space you have, if there’s flexibility around where the bath can be placed and aesthetically what look you prefer in your space.

Towel rails

In Melbourne we’re constantly battling the colder weather so heated towel rails can be a god-send. With towel ladders becoming increasingly popular, they can save space, show off your towels and heat them all at once. Romy says “the latest trend is a single-tube heated towel rail – it looks fabulous running vertically on the wall next to the vanity.”

Other tips for updating your bathroom? Romy suggests considering your choice of mirrors and light which can make the bathroom feel more spacious, adding texture through tiling, and even considering your choice of bathroom towels and sheet which can instantly add colour.

For all these products and more be sure to visit your nearest e&s showroom.

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