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Your perfect en-suite

ensuite.jpgAre you longing to create the perfect en-suite bathroom?  We wouldn’t blame you if you were.  An en-suite can be a great solution to a whole host of bathroom challenges.  For one thing, it’s really convenient.  You can just roll out of bed and you’re pretty much there.

Most importantly, it’s all yours.  No more queueing for the main bathroom while your teenagers take the world’s longest shower.  No bath toys.  You can escape for ten minutes and have complete peace and quiet.  Unless you have small children that insist on keeping you company.

An en-suite is also really convenient when you have guests.  You can let them take priority in the main bathroom knowing that you have your own space.

How much space do I need?

If you don’t already have an en-suite room, it can be surprisingly easy to build one.  A good builder can install a stud partition with a door that steals a bit of space from your bedroom.  It’s generally a good idea to have a shower cubicle rather than a bath.  They take up less space whilst still feeling luxurious.  You can have a shower that takes up the whole of one end of the room.  Some of the smallest shower enclosures, with trays, are less than a metre square.

What can I fit into my en-suite?

If you have an existing en-suite with lots of space, the sky’s the limit.  We’ve seen some incredible rooms that could easily double as a main family bathroom.  Large en-suite bathrooms are great because they can be a real retreat.  You could fit in a bath, giving you a place to escape for a long soak.

If, like most of us, you’re a bit more limited for space, the best idea is to think about the essentials.  We generally like to include a shower, toilet and sink as a minimum.  It’s also a good idea to consider what storage you’re going to need.  If you have a few daily essentials a decent sized cabinet might be enough.  However, if you also want to store some lovely fluffy towels you’ll need a bigger cabinet or maybe a basket under the sink.

Decorating your en-suite

If you have a small en-suite you might not have that much space for decoration.  That doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own.

It’s worth remembering that you will often be able to glimpse your en-suite from the bedroom so it’s a good idea to have a similar colour scheme.  It doesn’t have to match exactly but it can be a bit jarring if the colours really clash.

Every en-suite needs lighting and a good mirror.  You can design your lighting to be adjustable for different times of day.  Task lighting is really important in an en-suite as it gives you good light for shaving or doing your make up.  There are lots of space saving designs so you can have a wall light you love.

You can also use the smaller fixtures and fittings to get a beautiful overall design.  There are lots of different mirror styles to choose from.  Even the handles you use on your units or cabinet have an impact on the overall style.

We hope we’ve inspired you to design the en-suite of your dreams.  If you need any help or advice, let us know, and leave us a comment if you have any questions.

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