The ensuite bathroom used to be considered a bit of a luxury but as the cost of home renovation has dropped and the fitting solutions have increased the ensuite has become the new design essential for any modern home. Here is your essential guide for creating your perfect luxury ensuite.
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If you are adding an en-suite to your home and it requires an extension the first thing you will need to do is get planning permission, even if it the work won’t affect the actual boundaries of your home. This should be pretty straightforward but it essential before you put any plans in place for your new ensuite that this permission is sought to save time and money later.
If you are simply utilising other space from within your house no permission is required and you can get straight to the exciting bit – planning your new ensuite.
Make the most of your space
If you are creating your ensuite by borrowing space from another room the chances are it is going to be quite compact. You can maximise the use of the space by choose fixtures and fittings such as showers and cupboards that mount onto the wall, leaving the floor space clear. You could also choose to have the door open outwards to add more usable space to the ensuite or leave the door off completely for a more open planned look.
When designing the look of your ensuite there are a few things you will want to do. Firstly you will need to decide what facilities you want to include in your ensuite and whether these work with the room – a bath for instance may not be appropriate for the space that you have created. Play around with fittings such as the shower, sink and toilet to see find the best positions for the shape of space you have available. Then finish it all off with a neutral colour palette to give the illusion of space as well as keeping it looking fresh and clean.
If this feels too daunting you can always leave it to the experts. There are many companies offering complete design and fitting solutions either off the shelf or bespoke. You can have everything from a traditional wet room to shower pods designed and fitted for you.
Keep it light
Your ensuite will benefit from as much natural light as possible so you may want to consider adding a window, even if it is an internal window. If you can add a window it will not only provide more light it will prevent the room from becoming too damp and smelly.
If a window is not possible, consider using LED lights to make your ensuite look bright and inviting. You could put lights around mirrors or vanity cupboards or if it is safe add candles for a romantic feel.
An excellent finish
With the hard work done it’s time to add the finishing touches to your ensuite. Even if you have had it professionally designed there’s nothing more satisfying than putting your own personal touch to your private sanctuary. Choose accessories that flatter the colour scheme or if you want to really break the rules go for a statement colour such as red to really make your room stand out.