This luxury bathroom was conceived with both practicality and aesthetics in mind. The client wanted a new en-suite bathroom and gave us this brief; ‘masculine in design, easy to use, stunning to look at and atmospheric too’. They didn’t just want a room where they might grab a five minute shower and hurriedly brush their teeth; they wanted a place to relax, to unwind. They wanted the bathroom to be a place where they could spend time luxuriating in the tub, enjoying music with soft ambient lighting.
The room was originally very outdated and tired looking, consisting of sky blue and yellow tiles, vinyl flooring and melamine bathroom storage. The WC was also separate which we decided to integrate into the main bathroom. The client was not afraid of using lovely dark sumptuous colours and textures, so we opted for a truly magnificent statement piece bathroom with dark slate grey as our main colour theme. We used a strong white as a contrast colour for the stunning ‘wow’ features, which were our beautiful, freestanding round bath and sleek floating double vanity unit.
The whole layout was redesigned, to make the room much more pleasing to the eye as well as being practical. Due to the nature of this 1960s house, everything was concrete; the walls, ceiling and floor. The floor also contained integral under floor heating, and so I was initially worried that we would be limited on what we could actually change. We overcame these problems by providing a step-up into the shower area and putting up a false ceiling for the down lighters. We had to very carefully channel out the concrete floor for the bath waste, trying not to disrupt the heating embedded in the concrete. We added a room length heated slate seat to conceal further waste pipes, feeds and other services. Luckily as we have a great team of skilled workers none of this was beyond their expertise.
When creating a luxury space the items of furniture have to be perfect and given that the bathroom is more often than not one of the smaller rooms I often go for bespoke – if you have something which is ‘just right’ first time you are less likely to waste time and money replacing it in the future. The first piece we commissioned was a sleek vanity unit with a huge mirror. For a seamless finish, I requested that the wall mounted taps were fixed through the mirror - a little hair raising for the fitters, but a risk that worked out well! The unit was placed in-between two textured slate, pencil mosaic tiled walls. This not only helped with the support of the unit, but it also framed it beautifully. On the right hand side we partially hid the WC and there are carefully designed hidden storage drawers under the unit with touch operated opening. The other bespoke piece was a wall hung mirrored cabinet for storage – who wants to look at the cotton buds in a room this gorgeous?
The large white bath was a pure indulgence. With the shutters open and the lighting low, one could look up at the stars while floating neck deep in bubbles.
The lighting was individually designed to create different moods for the room. There was an option for a very soft light to use in the middle of the night as well as the main lights for practicality, soft pendant lights for vanity units and mood lighting for relaxation and that ‘spa’ feel. We also programmed in additional zoned areas. We opted for dark plantation shutters to run with the ‘dark’ theme. Shutters make a great alternative choice to opaque glass. The option to be able to open (and of course close!) them allows you to use natural light to change the mood of the room as well.
The client went away for the duration of the works and upon his return he was smitten with his new en-suite, so much so, he asked us to start work on the other four bathrooms in his home. I am really pleased with the final look for this bathroom; it’s striking, it’s different, it’s warm, it’s textural and above all the client was over the moon with the outcome. The design was even shortlisted in Design et al, Best International Bathroom Award.