Swapping a bath for a walk-in shower was the key to success in this luxury en suite bathroom.
The owners of this five-bedroom Edwardian house in Surrey, found the property when they moved back to the UK from America 10 years ago. It was a beautiful house, but some of the rooms felt a little dated. The en suite had a leaking shower and some very chunky-looking cabinetry, so we decided to completely refurbish it, say the couple.
Many American homes have separate loo cubicles built into their bathrooms and the couple had grown to like this way of living, so they redesigned the existing layout to accommodate this as well as swapping the bath for a big walk-in shower. We both prefer a shower, and knew we would enjoy the space more without a bath. Plus theres a big bath in the family bathroom already.
The couple did a lot of research to get the layout and colour scheme right and chose a muted palette, but added interest with different textures, such as the black marble tiles and frosted glass door. They also invested in motion sensor lighting. When you walk into the room the recessed lighting comes on automatically, so if one of us needs to visit the bathroom in the night we dont wake the other.
1/8 Modern walk-in shower enclosure
The couple finished the room with a pair of matching stools. We thought they would be more visual than functional but we actually use them all the time they make an ideal extra surface for a pile of big, fluffy bath towels.
2/8 Luxury shower
The couple chose contrasting marble effect porcelain tiles to create a dramatic look for the walk-in shower, adding impact but without overpowering the scheme. A tall heated towel rail breaks up the dark background.
3/8 Separate loo area
Removing the bath has made the room feel much more spacious and the loo is now hidden behind a frosted glass privacy screen and door.
4/8 Sleek window treatment
Smart grey Venetian blinds give the windows a streamlined finish. While the wasted space under the window is put to good use with a pair of sleek footstools for a spa-like feel.
5/8 Wall-hung vanity unit
A wall-hung vanity unit hides all the clutter and the sleek glass double basin enhances the minimalist feel of the scheme.
6/8 Chic neutral colour scheme
Oversized floor-standing accessories are a great way of softening the impact of a large space and prevent the room from feeling cold and unwelcoming.
7/8 Luxe his and hers basins
Sleek fittings and a bevelled edge mirror add to the chic hotel-inspired look.
8/8 Modern finishing touches
The marble soap dish and tumbler co-ordinate with the cool, neutral colourscheme.
Lisa is a freelance journalist who has written about interiors for more than 25 years and has worked on all the major homes titles, primarily Ideal Home, but also including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Style at Home, Livingetc, Woman & Home, Easy Gardens and Good Homes magazines. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person, as well as being a serial shopper/bargain hunter.
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