Bathroom designs and tips for creating an ensuite sanctuary
For many people their bathroom is a private space they go to unwind and soak away the stresses of the day. When you have children it can become even more crucial, being the only room in your house with a lock on the door. Although, when some rubber ducks, half a dozen action figures or dolls, and lots of undistinguishable plastic objects encroach on your relaxation time, it can be a little off-putting.
This is part of the beauty of an ensuite bathroom. The main bathroom takes the brunt of the family traffic, including bath toys, leaving your ensuite as a separate sanctuary you can still escape to once your day is done.
When you buy a house with an ensuite, the bathroom designs are either to the previous owner’s tastes, or they are the generic design used by a building company to appeal to the maximum amount of people, which is usually achieved by giving them as little character as possible. Here are our top tips to create your own personal paradise and maximise this sacred space.
Good bathroom designs are well planned
Ensuite bathrooms are usually smaller than the family bathroom, and as nice as it is to walk into our showroom and just pick all your favourite things, you’ll create a much nicer finished space by putting a little thought into the types of products you buy.
Colour scheme selection
The colour scheme of your bathroom can make all the difference. Smaller spaces can benefit from bright colours, especially if there is no natural light, but they’re not ideal if you’re trying to create a luxury boutique feel. Try to nail down the colours of every different aspect, flooring, tiles, and walls.
Select permanent fixtures that are plain white or a neutral colour, then if you fancy something different in a few years, these will allow you to change the feel of your bathroom with just some new accessories and a tin of paint. For example, if you select a ceramic or wood affect floor, white fitments, and a tile for your shower that features a few different colours, often there will be at least half-a-dozen colours that will look completely natural.
The colour scheme doesn’t have to match your bedroom, but selecting colours that compliment your bedroom colours will help to create a feeling of unity between the two rooms.
Use smart storage solutions
An organised bathroom is far more relaxing than a messy one with shampoo bottles and beauty products cluttering up every available bit of space. When your searching through different bathroom designs keep your eyes peeled for clever solutions.
There are a variety of bathroom cabinets available that can help to keep your ensuite organised, while adding to the style. If you have enough space to include plenty of storage, then you can just concentrate on selecting the cabinets that suit the desired style the best. If you’re bathroom designs are for a smaller space, then you should consider wall mounted cabinets and vanity units, as these can add to the feeling of space.
Even your choice of radiator, shelving, and bathroom mirrors can help to keep everything neat and tidy. If you want to find out more about what you can fit into your bathroom, then drop by our showroom and speak to one of our team.
Type of fittings
The type of permanent fixtures you select for your ensuite can also be partly decided by the available space. A lot of ensuite bathrooms only have sufficient room for a shower, while some may have enough space to incorporate a bath too. If you can fit a bath in, then there are loads of designs and styles to choose from.
However, if you’re pushed for space, then selecting permanent fixtures (toilet, vanity unit etc.) that are wall mounted will help to add to the feeling of space. Consider switching your sink position and opting for a corner basin, or opting for a free standing sink sitting on a shelf, which allows you to incorporate additional storage underneath, and select your other furniture with storage built in, which can prevent the need for additional furniture.
The final variable that may help to add a feeling of space, or even set a particular tone, is lighting. What type of light fitting you select, the brightness, and the positioning, can all help to add to the overall look you’re trying to create. It can often be overlooked, but should play a central role in bathroom designs.
Accessorize for luxury
Once you have all of the big decisions made, you can start to concentrate on the smaller personal touches. These can include ornaments, impermanent storage solutions, candles, towels, and even matching bottles to keep your commonly used products in.
When selecting your accessories try to add a touch of luxury wherever you can. Ultimately your perception of your ensuite will be created by the experience you have while relaxing in there. If you’re choking on the fumes of a rubbish candle, while drying yourself with a towel that feels like it’s made from recycled sandpaper, all the effort you put into creating bathroom designs could be wasted.
Spend a little more and by fluffy towels that feel luxurious. Buy higher quality scented candles that help to create a relaxing atmosphere, and ensure all of your shampoos, cosmetics and beauty products are organised. You want to be able to walk into your ensuite and start to relax straight away, not be reminded you really need to clear up any mess.
Buy the best for you
Selecting the right suite for your ensuite requires taking into account many factors. You need to select a suite and furniture that will create the style you want, while sticking to your budget. The best way to achieve this is by visiting a store with a large range, that are used to helping with a variety of bathroom designs, have knowledgeable staff, and excellent customer service. If you haven’t got time to learn how to become an interior designer, don’t panic, we can help.
At Lupo we are experienced at helping both the public and tradesmen. Our extensive range features something for every budget, and our friendly team are always happy to provide help and advice. If you have any questions you can call us on (01) 4569930, e-mail us at email@example.com, or pop into our conveniently located showroom in Clandalkin, where we’d be happy to provide you with all the assistance you need to create your own private paradise.