I love the idea of en-suite bathrooms. They are so handy and make getting out of bed in the morning a little easier (especially in winter..). You can just roll out of bed and step straight into the shower to kick-start your busy day. For me, the en-suite may be a private bathroom but it still needs to be stylish! If you’re thinking of remodeling your existing
en-suite I have some great ideas for you.
En-suite bathrooms are usually pretty tiny (although my bathroom isn't very big anyway). Many have been converted from being a built in wardrobe space. Some don’t even have a window to offer natural light (eek). To maximize the space, you need to get the right toilet, shower, and sink. I’ve seen a few turned into wet rooms, but I think they’re quite tough to create without a substantial amount of building work.
There are some very attractive cheap toilets that are wall hung at the moment. This gives the illusion of more space in the room so they could be a good idea for a little bathroom. If you’re really stuck for space, why not invest in a corner toilet? Check with your planning authority about whether this is acceptable in your current setup before doing this! If plumbing is already there, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Sinks jut out into the room and cause a problem with side shuffling to get around them. A corner basin may be the answer here. If you have some fitted units under your existing sink, it is usually possible to change to a smaller one. Alternatively, why not treat yourself to a new vanity unit? They are great for storing all your bottles and personal grooming items. They can even provide your downstairs loo with extra space for storing loo rolls and things.
I would love a jacuzzi shower! Usually, en-suite bathrooms just aren’t big enough. Look for a shower enclosure that works with the room. You may have a square space it can slot into. Or perhaps you need a curved door, so it doesn’t strike any of the other sanitary ware when you open the door. Sliding doors are ideal, but they can cost a little more.
Once all your plumbing bits are installed, you can focus on the decor. I love tiles that have an interesting pattern. Something that grabs my attention is best. A bold colour can really bring the room to life. Then I can buy towels and mats to match. I like to tile most of my bathroom, so there is no danger of damp getting in the walls. But any painted wall could be bright and bold to add vibrancy.
I like to add some personal touches to every room, even the personal bathroom. Little ornaments or a small vase might be all I need. Sometimes some steam-proof wall art could be just the thing to liven up a room. I think a chequered flooring pattern can be nice to offset the decor.
Even though it’s only a tiny room, it’s important to get the style right. After all, waking up to a beautiful space each day helps any day start right.
Let me know what you think! How would you design your ideal en-suite? I'd love it if you left a comment below.