An en-suite bathroom isn’t something which features in every home, however in those that it does it is often looked upon as an afterthought, a place of convenience rather than a stylish addition. We believe that an en-suite shouldn’t be viewed as a ‘spare’ bathroom, it should be just as luxurious a place to be as your master bathroom, and that’s why we have compiled this guide to creating the perfect example.
Planning An En-suite
When planning to upgrade your en-suite, there are several things which you need to take into consideration. First of all you need to work out exactly how much space you have to play with, as this will save you a lot of headaches further down the line. Take some measurements of the room itself and of your existing fittings, and always check the dimensions of any new items to make sure everything will fit perfectly.
Once you’ve taken some accurate measurements, it’s time to actually begin the transformation. Now, as most en-suites will be quite small, a good idea would be to use light colours for the tiling as this will help to give the illusion of the room looking bigger than it is in reality. White, red, yellow, and minty green are all popular colours that look superb in bathroom settings. Compliment the wall tiles with suitable floor tiling and then it’s time to turn your attention to fittings.
When selecting your fittings, be aware of the overall amount of space you have as you don’t want a massive bathtub clogging up half the room if there simply isn’t room for it. Compact items are available which are ideally suited to en-suites. A back to wall, or wall hung toilet will keep space at a premium as the cistern is hidden behind the wall, giving a less cluttered feel. With regards to basins, either a pedestal or wall mounted example will free up some space that larger basins would take.
With your showering arrangement, practicality is the key. A wetroom is a great idea as this eliminates the need for a full enclosure. If possible, adding a shower tower to your wetroom will provide an added air of luxury. If the room is particularly small, then a shower enclosure with a bi-fold door will avoid any overcrowding, as will inserting bi-fold doors across an alcove and tiling the area to create a walled enclosure.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that most en-suites benefit from having a more contemporary aesthetic. This is generally because modern fittings are generally more compact in design than their traditional counterparts. Once you’re happy with your colour choice, and your fixtures, you need some finishing touches to really complete the look.
Obviously if a bathroom is on the small side, the last thing you will want to do is further decrease that size by filling it with all manner of clutter and tat. However, this doesn’t mean that a few well-placed items and accessories won’t add an extra edge to the room. You just need to be careful and selective with your choices.
If you’re looking at storage options, it’s better to install either open shelves or a wall hung cabinet as these are better solutions than vanity units or floorstanding storage units in this environment. You should also look into getting an extractor fan or vent installed if you haven’t already as these items will help prevent damp getting into your adjoining bedroom area, potentially triggering all kinds of unsightly mould growth in the process.
A heated ladder towel rail will provide the room with some warmth while taking up minimal space. An electric towel rail may be a sensible purchase here if the room doesn’t have easy central heating access.
Finally, adding some subtle accessories that match the colour scheme is an easy, cost-effective way to give your en-suite a harmonised appearance.
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Rob, Victorian Plumbing