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.
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.