Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen picks Britain’s worst bathroom

Avocado suites and mouldy carpets feature among Britain’s WORST bathrooms as chosen by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (and a brown floral WC is crowned the winner)

  • Victoria Plumbing launched a competition to find the worst in the country
  • TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen helped to judge the hundreds of entries 
  • The public has voted the brown bathroom in Norwich as Britain’s worst 
  • Sarah Smith, from Norwich, moved into house with the bathroom a year ago 

A nationwide search has seen a hideous washroom with a brown suite and floor-to-ceiling floral tiles crowned Britain’s worst bathroom. 

Even the most talented estate agent would struggle to put a positive spin on these bathrooms, which are anything but ‘suite’.

Hundreds of Brits submitted photos of their bathrooms in a competition run by Victoria Plumbing to find the worst in the country.

TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen plumbed the depths of interior design to whittle them down to a final four.

The public then voted the brown bathroom in Norwich as Britain’s worst – turning their noses up at its suite, taps, badly tiled bath and overall feel of the 1970s.

Interiors expert Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, pictured, has examined wash rooms all over the country to identify Britain’s worst bathroom, with a brown floral suite scooping the top spot

This bathroom with brown suite and flowery floor-to-ceiling tiles has been crowned Britain’s worst place to wash following a nationwide search, as judged by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Sarah Smith, a 42-year-old mum-of-two from Hellesdon, Norwich, moved into the house with the winning bathroom a year ago.

She said: ‘Many people have asked me if I feel embarrassed. No was my answer.


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‘My brown bathroom was clearly someone’s pride and joy at some point as it’s as good as the day it was put in many years ago.

‘It is very dark in my bathroom and it is not a relaxing place to take a bath. I look forward to brightening it up and it looking fresh and clean all the time.’

Green and brown were common themes among the finalists of the Victoria Plumbing competition, with thumbs down going to including avocado suites, carpeted floors and bathrooms with no flooring at all. 

A mucky wooden floor, brown floral tiles and a tatty chest of drawers saw this bathroom shortlisted among Britain’s worst bathrooms. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen said: ‘Badly designed bathrooms are a sign of low self-esteem’

An avocado suite with matching green tiles are the standout feature in this washroom, voted among Britain’s worst bathrooms. Green and brown were common themes among the finalists of the Victoria Plumbing competition

Feeling blue! This floor-to-ceiling turquoise monstrosity was shortlisted among some of Britain’s worst bathrooms.Hundreds of Brits submitted photos of their bathrooms in a competition run by Victoria Plumbing to find the worst in the country

A dreary-looking yellow wash room, complete with chipped  paint and rusty nails, saw this bathroom shortlisted among the nation’s worst. The survey also revealed 61 per cent of people changed or renovated their bathroom when they moved home

Who thought that was a good idea? The turquoise suite in this bathroom clashes with the red carpet and matching rug. Having a clean and modern bathroom makes life more relaxing while boosting the home¿s desirability when it comes to selling

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen said: ‘Badly designed bathrooms are a sign of low self-esteem.

‘When you’re faced with a bathroom that looks absolutely repellent first thing in the morning, how are you going to face the world with a smile on your face? It’s practically impossible.

‘The big thing with bathroom design is to keep it practical, keep it cleanable. Anything too fussy, too frilly or too porous will end up becoming a boutique hotel for mould and germs.

‘Finally, floral is fine in a bathroom, but try and pick flowers that actually look like flowers rather than leftover cabbages.’ 

Green-eyed monster: This headache-inducing suite was nominated among hundreds of entries to be crowned Britain’s worst bathroom. Even the most talented estate agent would struggle to put a positive spin on these bathrooms, which are anything but ‘suite’

This little piggy… A bizarre farmyard-themed mosaic adorns the walls of this colourful wash room which was shortlisted among the worst bathrooms in the country

Blast from the past! This retro-themed WC appears not to have been changed since the 1970s, complete with rusty plughole and murky green bathtub

A matching green bath tub, sink and toilet. Hundreds of Brits submitted photos of their bathrooms – leaving TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to plumb the depths of bathroom despair and whittle the list down to a final four

The builder appears to have used floor tiling to decorate the side of this bathtub. The public voted a bathroom in Norwich as Britain’s worst

A mouldy floor, broken bath and pink suite saw this grotty bathroom voted as one of Britain’s worst – although surprisingly it didn’t make the top spot

A bizarre black and brown colour scheme make this retro bathroom look decidedly gloomy, and the retro floor-to-ceiling floral tiling weren’t enough to save it

The competition follows research by Victoria Plumbing which found 34 per cent of Britons would like to update their bathroom while one-in-five admit they’re embarrassed with their current one.

The survey also revealed 61 per cent of people changed or renovated their bathroom when they moved home.

Joe Pascoe, senior marketing manager at Victoria Plumbing, said: ‘Our search for the nation’s worst bathroom came from wanting to communicate a simple message: that people shouldn’t keep putting up with bad design.

‘From exposing dated, coloured suites to wallpaper that isn’t fit for purpose, we wanted to encourage people to get their bathroom shame out there and begin the healing process.

‘With Christmas just around the corner, we felt that now would be the perfect time to gift the owner of Britain’s worst bathroom a much needed upgrade.’

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