The walls and floors of your new Utopia bathroom deserve as much attention as the furniture and fittings …These are Kameo tiles in Platinum – add a decorative look with these Moroccan-style ceramic tiles.

After spending hours choosing which WC you like best and how to configure the cabinetry, it might seem that choosing tiles and flooring is just another job to plod though. But no, stop right there!! Wall and floor choices are absolutely crucial to the overall look of the new bathroom, and can be chosen to blend in or stand out. Utopia's Kameo tiles come in a range of shades (Black, Iron (grey) and White) to enable them to be used as a subtle background look  - choose Platinum or White, or for a stand-out scheme, try Black or Iron. Each tile is around 12cm x 12cm.Utopia’s Roseberry dresser unit in Clotted Cream looks striking against a bold, feature-patterned wallpaper. See the rest of the Roseberry range here.

Adding a bold swathe of patterned wallpaper is a straightforward way of updating, adding colour and refreshing a bathroom scheme. And of course, the joyful thing is that you probably won’t need more than two rolls, and it’s not the end of the world if you decide to update every couple of years or so. In a small bathroom, beware of water-splashes, don’t use wallpaper in a position where it’s going to get wet regularly, keep it for the wall/s opposite the bath and basin. Where possible, choose a vinyl/spongeable wallcovering that is suitable for bathroom use.We love ceramic wall and floor tiles that mimic other materials, such as wood and stone. These are large-format wood-effect porcelain tiles, which are suitable for both walls and floors; shown here in Weathered Elm, also available in Frosted and Honeyed Elm.

It used to be a bit of a gamble, getting the look of wood into the bathroom. It’s a risk using real wood, even if it’s sealed and treated and every splash is mopped up, because if there is a serious spill or leak, the wood will swell and the floor will be permanently damaged. Modern printing and production processes enable home owners to get the look of real wood, but in a tough, virtually indestructible tile format. See some more wood-look porcelain tiles from Utopia here.

More glorious floor tile options from Utopia’s range. From left; Warehouse Grey concrete-effect porcelain tiles, also available in Warehouse White; Crema Canaletto classic square ceramic tile with a porcelain base, also in Zinc White, White Cloud, Natural Crème and Silver Cloud; and Ghetto Pewter hexagonal paving-effect porcelain floor and wall tiles, also in Paprika, Penny and Cinnamon. Perfect choices for a realistic, rustic or industrial-style floor, but with the ease of laying tiles.

For a ‘statement’ floor, look no further than the Vintage and Bohemian collections from Utopia. Intensely patterned floors are very fashionable at the moment, and can be used to link several colour choices (such as those for furniture and paint) together. We absolutely love the way these Vintage Hues porcelain tiles blend together to create an exciting and unusual scheme. The Hues colourway is supplied as a random mix  of up to 27 different patterns! For a less hectic scheme the Vintage Greys colourway is supplied in a mix of four different patterns.

MORE IDEAS FOR WALLS

This Woodland Fawn wallpaper in Dove Grey would be a fun choice for a child’s bathroom-bedroom, it’s by Mimi Mae, and also comes in Vintage Pink.

These two new ‘wow’ designs could be used as a dramatic feature wall in an en-suite bathroom or perhaps an adjoining bedroom or dressing room. Above: Jungle Paradise wallpaper in Cardomom, and Below, Elephants March wallpaper in Viridian, both by Santorus and available from Lime Lace.  . The wallpaper is printed on gold iridescent paper, which has a burnished finish. Perhaps a bit too outrageous to be used in a main living or dining room, but these designs are pretty irresistible for an accent wall!