With the promise of a Victorian Plumbing bathroom makeover (and a rallying cry from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen), we succeeded in motivating people across the country to send in examples of their shameful showers and beastly baths. After a month long search, we found the one. Hidden deep within a lovely home in Hellesdon, Norwich, lay a bathroom so dark and dated it waltzed its way to being crowned Britain’s Worst Bathroom.

Britain's Worst Bathroom
The proud winner of Britain's Worst Bathroom

Beige, black and floral.

Sarah Smith inherited the Frankenstein’s monster of interior design from her home’s previous owner. A ghastly time portal back to the 1970s. The room was composed of a jet black suite, sporadic chrome fittings, and cream tiles that gave off the unfortunate aura of smoke stained walls. Overcrowded to the point of becoming claustrophobic, it simply had too much going on in such a small space.

Laurence was less than impressed
Laurence was less than impressed

Despite the bathroom’s undeniably bad looks, Sarah retained a soft spot for the craft that went into it many decades ago. She believed it was ‘clearly someone’s pride and joy at some point’ explaining that the bathroom appeared ‘as good as the day it was put in’. We can all appreciate lasting workmanship. This, however, was no time for sentimentality. A ruthless makeover was long overdue, so Sarah got to work.

Equipped with an uncanny aptitude for interior design (and a vanload of Victorian Plumbing products), Sarah has completely reformed her space for the better. Britain's Worst Bathroom is now one of the most unique small bathroom designs we've seen. We can hardly believe this is the same room!

Sarah's new bathroom: a phenomenal minimalist haven
Sarah's new bathroom: a phenomenal minimalist haven

A striking mix of minimalist & contemporary design. Sarah’s new bathroom retains most of the functionality of her previous one while managing to rid itself of all clutter and busyness. Open space and natural light combine with the subtle textures of stone and wood to create an utterly inviting environment.

Let’s start with Sarah’s matching grey avola WC and vanity units. These two look superb next to each other and take up far less room than that harrowing black toilet.

Our Brooklyn WC Unit With Cistern in grey, is an exquisite compact option for those who want that luxurious vibe when floor space is at a premium. A dual flush unit with concealed cistern, the Brooklyn is combined with the Alaska Back To Wall Toilet Pan; a stylish gloss white pan complete with soft close toilet seat.

Sarah's compact vanity and WC units
Sarah's compact vanity and WC units

Adjacent, is the equally imposing Brooklyn Floor Standing Vanity Unit, also in grey. A sleek vanity with satin nickel handles and a durable vitreous china basin.

Sarah has expertly utilised the wood textures of both units to add a hint of nature to an otherwise clinical space. This outdoorsy vibe is an aspect most modern bathrooms sorely lack.

Next up, Sarah sacrificed Britain’s worst tub for a lavish walk in shower. Sure, she’s lost the option of a good soak after a long day, but the introduction of the shower has made this formerly cramped bathroom seem extra spacious. We’re massively impressed by its high-end look.

The roomy walk-in shower works wonders to make the room feel more spacious
The roomy walk-in shower works wonders to make the room feel more spacious

The Aqualisa Colt Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve is one of the most eye catching thermostatic shower valves available at Victorian Plumbing. A modern, chrome finished design featuring an alluring curved rail and a large exposed valve. The Colt’s bi-metallic shower valve reacts instantly to changes in both flow and temperature, ensuring the quality of your shower experience remains consistently high.

The shower enclosure? An almost seamless clear glass screen that further enhances that impression of openness. This Nova Frameless Sliding Shower Door, with its subtle chrome detailing, is a perfect accompaniment to Sarah’s minimalist bathroom.

For the backdrop of her shower, Sarah has utilised the matt texture of Oceania Stone Wall Tiles. This is effective in giving the space an impression of warmth. Minimalist bathrooms can often lean towards feeling a bit too clinical, but not here. We are especially fond of Sarah’s recessed shower shelf. This simple little niche adds a bit of character as well as practical storage for all of her favourite shower products.

We love how this recessed shower shelf keeps clutter hidden
We love how this recessed shower shelf keeps clutter hidden

Finally, the crowning glory of Sarah’s bathroom makeover comes in the form of an on-trend towel rail. This matt black Diamond Heated Towel Rail, is a sophisticated vertical rail that really amplifies the modern aesthetic while offering an understated contrast to the bathroom’s white and grey tones.

Stylish towel rails are a fab way to add storage without taking up too much room
Stylish towel rails are a fab way to add storage without taking up too much room

It’s not a case of style over substance either. The rail provides Sarah’s bathroom with practical towel storage without leaving a big footprint. A perfect solution for those short on space.

We’re truly amazed at what Sarah has been able to achieve. What was once Britain’s Worst Bathroom is now an elegant minimalist one. Functional, stylish and exceptionally compact, this makeover has effortlessly opened up the space to create a bathroom we’re all envious of!

In awe of Sarah's rejuvenated bathroom? Check out other inspired bathroom renovations from proud Victorian Plumbing customers here.