An en-suite bathroom is the ultimate at-home luxury. To be able to slip from your bedroom straight into a beautifully designed bathroom is a huge advantage. An en-suite bathroom will not only become a haven for you, but will also add value to your property.
If you have the space, an en-suite bathroom will create a personal space, just for you, away from the hum of family life and house guests. An en-suite allows you to design a room that is completely personal to you, so go all out on your chosen theme.
But what should you consider, when decorating your en-suite bathroom? First of all, think about the size of your room. Most en-suite bathrooms are on the small side, so make use of every inch of space with smart fittings and clever storage. Opt for a shower over a bath and make the enclosure the full width of the room, to open out the area and make sure you aren’t wasting space. Hidden storage, behind mirrors and built into walls, is a great way to de-clutter and open out a small en-suite bathroom.
If you are lucky enough to have a larger en-suite bathroom, create an opulent space with a luxury freestanding bath, a walk-in shower, double basins and vanity consoles and extravagant chairs and soft furnishings, combining your bathroom with a dressing room for the ultimate getaway from everyday life.
When it comes to decorating, a good adjoining bathroom will always look like it belongs to the bedroom. You don’t want to be too matchy matchy, but the colour scheme and overall style should sit happily side by side. In this Kensington townhouse designed by Joanna Trading, the green of the wallpaper is picked up as an accent colour in the bedroom beyond.
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While your main bathroom is more of a public space, your en-suite is just for you so give it a sense of your character with finishing touches to reflect your personal style. Here, neat paneled walls are softened with a gilded mirror and flattering side lighting to turn a simple vanity unit into pretty focal point.
Make use of every inch of space in a small room by using the full width as a shower enclosure. Here, designer Helen Green has used large-format tiles in a neutral stone finish to make the area feel as large and uncluttered as possible. A frameless glass shower door provides a neat point of entry and a potentially tricky window is shielded by a backdrop of frosted glass that maintains privacy while still letting natural light in.
Of course not all adjoining bathrooms are compact. Where space allows, put a statement bath at its centre like this, in this room by architect and designer Gregory Phillips. This frees up the periphery for a generous walk-in shower, double vanity and an entire wall of dressing room-style cupboards. For the décor, smart walnut, a slate floor and subtle variegated mosaic in berry shades make for a chic and relaxing space.
If your adjoining bathroom is small and your bedroom large, follow the lead of boutique hotels by relocating bath to bedroom. This way you can invest in a striking tub that will make a statement, while making room for a spacious walk-in shower or a generous vanity in the original en-suite.
Generous storage is essential in any bathroom and this room by Helen Green Design sports a winning combination of smart cabinetry for larger items such as towels, open storage for an elegant display and recessed storage cleverly hidden behind the mirrors to keep beauty products close to hand. Where space allows, consider fitting cupboards between bedroom and bathroom to create a dressing room zone. Pale finishes, plenty of reflective glass and smart Art Deco details such as the lighting and taps strike an elegant balance between masculine and feminine.
This clever layout devotes one end of an attic bedroom to a neat adjoining bathroom without boxy interruptions or the need for awkward door clearance. It provides an easily-accessible vanity area, but still offers privacy for a modest bath or shower behind the screen. The stud wall divider is perfect for housing plumbing, drainage and electrics, and it’s finished on the bedroom side with sumptuous padded panels to create a comfortable headboard, making this an attractive focal point in the room. Note how the clever lighting really brings this space to life – a must when using all white in a relaxing room such as a bedroom.
An open-plan layout offers a seamless flow between the bedroom and bathroom in this design by Ripples. The focal point here is the sunken spa bath with picturesque view of the Thames reflected in the mirror above. The mirror is backlit to give an atmospheric mood in the evening and natural materials such as stone and walnut add to the sense of calm.
For ultimate luxury, remodel a small bedroom into a generous adjoining bathroom with dressing area, but do consult estate agents in your area to gauge the impact this will have on your property’s value. What is now your box room could be a comfortable private haven complete with dressing area, thus solving storage issues, too. Here a wonderful mix of classic and contemporary styling, and a clever use of mirrors suit the grand proportions of this period room.
You don’t have to blow the budget to turn your bathroom into a sleek, stylish space. This contemporary white three-piece suite came from Bathstore when a 50% off sale was on. Keep an eye out for discounts and sales as you could save yourself a small fortune! Avoid buying an expensive bath panel when you can tile a removable panel instead. This will also add a streamlined feel perfect in a modern bathroom.
This mirrored wall cabinet hides clutter and soft-close hinges mean they don’t bang shut. It also reflects light around a small en-suite bathroom.
It may seem counter intuitive, but large tiles
can actually help make a small room look bigger, so they’re ideal in an
en-suite. Beige tiles and grey grout are a popular choice for bathrooms , not surprising as it’s a funky and modern look that will also
stand the test of time.
Similar wall tiles
Pampering treats will ensure your bathroom has a relaxing spa-like feel about it. Arrange soft facecloths (in a coordinating colour of course!) and soaps in a pretty bowl and keep a pair of fluffy white slippers next to the bath – you won’t ever want to leave your new bathroom!
Moroccan-inspired accessories, such as pierced-metal candle holders and frames add to the light, modern feel of the room. Fresh or artificial flowers will not only add colour and interest, they also help bring the outside in – ideal for a natural, serene bathroom
Similar pierced-metal accessories and faux flowers
Ditch the boring radiator and opt for a slimline heated towel rail instead – they save floor space and look far more modern. They’re also a great way to show off colourful new towels and tie your whole scheme together. And with the vast range of fab towel designs to choose from, there’s one to suit every bathroom style.