The suite is the most essential aspect of your bathroom to get right. You need to think not only about what style you’re going to go for, but also what sizes will be appropriate, and which items will suit your budget. This all sounds quite tricky but it’s actually not too difficult to get right; in fact the hardest choice is often deciding which suites to leave out of your shortlist as there are so many beautiful examples out there!
In this blog we’ll take a look at exactly what’s on offer, and what options will be ideal for you depending on your personal tastes and preferences. We want you to have a suite you’ll be happy to live with for years to come, and that’s why we’ve created this guide to help you pick exactly the right one.
Selecting your style
First things first, it’s time to take a look at the various designs and styles available. A quick browse online or through a catalogue will reveal a huge selection of suites which can be a tad overwhelming if you’re trying to narrow down your selection to a handful of finalists. Take a look at the décor you’ve chosen as this will give you an initial starting point. If you have a contemporary feel to your bathroom, then a sleek, modern suite will be a good bet, whereas more traditional designs will be better complemented by a classically styled example.
Adding a 4 piece suite will help to harmonise the appearance of the room due to the toilet and basin working together to create a coordinated visual effect, while a 5 piece suite will add an extra bit of style as it will come with a matching bathtub to further complete the look you’re going for.
Don’t forget that your suite can always be upgraded with fancy taps and mixers if you want a more individual feel to the room. There are a lot of designs available which cater towards both modern and traditional styles so you won’t struggle to find something you like.
Now, you don’t want your new suite to look dated in a few years’ time, so be careful to avoid the temptation to get something really far out. Those matching pink sets may have been all the rage in the 80s but they just won’t cut it nowadays, while overly elaborate designs may look fresh when first installed but risk looking out of place after a while. Go for something smart, stylish and refined for a look that is guaranteed to age well.
Choose something practical
With the design aspect taken care of, it’s time to turn our attentions to the practical side of things. Obviously a bathroom needs to be easily accessible so keeping things user-friendly is highly important.
Take some measurements of the room before opting to buy anything as this will save any potential dilemmas at a later stage. If you have a small bathroom or en-suite that requires an update, there are slimline options available which feature all the style of regular suites only with a more compact size. A wall hung toilet and basin may be a good fit here. If you require storage, a vanity unit is often included in cloakroom suites which is a great way to keep space at a premium. For larger rooms, if you are including a bath make sure you have sufficient room as they are very bulky items that can dominate their surroundings if you’re not careful. Don’t shoehorn a bath in if it’ll be a tight fit as it will only make the room look cramped as a result.
It’s also a good idea to think about how functional your bathroom will be. For example, if you won’t have time for a bath too often a shower may be a more sensible alternative.
Getting the best value
If you’re investing in a bathroom renovation you want to get the best possible value for your money. Adding a modern suite can add almost 3% onto the value of your house so this is something which is worth bearing in mind. The simplistic, smooth nature of contemporary items will greatly enhance their surroundings. In a more classic environment, traditional suites will hold their value. It’s best to keep the use of more vintage inspired examples to older houses though, to avoid a conflict of styles.
Finally, set a budget and try and stick to it as closely as possible. This will avoid any nasty surprises when you’re adding up your total spend. Grand suites may be fabulous but if it will really stretch your finances it’s better to keep looking as there are always very similar alternatives available for lower prices. Take your time, do your research and you’ll have the perfect suite taking pride of place in your bathroom in no time!
We’ve been busy bringing you a range of the finest suites available that will cater to all tastes and requirements. Why not take a look at our stunning selection of suites today and give your bathroom the transformation it deserves!
Rob, Victorian Plumbing