28 Feb Ensuite Bathroom Makeover
Ensuites can be a practical and much-needed addition to any home: They can help ease morning bathroom traffic in a busy family home, add value to a property, and are simply a convenient addition for those who want to roll out of bed in the mornings, straight into the shower. Too often, however, ensuites can be something of an afterthought: pokey, dingy, tired and outdated, they are sometimes as welcoming as a broom cupboard.
If you’re thinking of undertaking an ensuite bathroom makeover but are not sure where to start, or only have a small space to work with, then please read on for some ideas and tips.
Compact Ensuites That Pack a Punch…
You can still create drama in a windowless, narrow space as illustrated by one of our ensuite renovations in Wicklow.
Here, we added turquoise tiling in the shower area. This not only adds a vibrant splash of colour, which is complemented by the neutral hues of the other tiles and accessories, it also draws the eye to the end of the ensuite and creates the illusion of space.
Another great tip for creating a stunning ensuite in a small space is to install a glass panel rather than a shower cubicle, as this maximises the space available. A walk-in shower also emphasises the available space thanks to the seamless lines it creates.
Other Bathroom Furniture and Accessories That Maximise Space:
A corner sink and mixer tap
A wall-hung toilet
Built-in storage/storage niches cut into wall
And Let There Be Light
Lighting is an important design aspect in any part of the house, but probably more so in an ensuite where the light may be limited, or if it’s used as a room for grooming.
It may be impossible for you to have a window in your ensuite depending on the positioning of the room, but one possibility could be a skylight. This is a great way of letting in natural light and again, brings the illusion of more space to the room.
If installing a skylight is a no no, it’s time to bring in manmade light. Downlighters have been doing the rounds for years, and it looks as though they’re not going anywhere anytime soon, but there’s a new bathroom trend about, manifesting itself in the form of bathroom floor lights. This is a great way to show off any accessories such as a standalone bath (if you’re lucky enough to have a large ensuite) or can simply be used to bring in extra light and a touch of glamour.
If you don’t like the sound of bathroom floor lights, installing an LED mirror cabinet not only gives extra storage, they also provide enough light to make shaving and applying make up easier.
If you’re not fussed about installing lighting in order to groom, but simply want to bring the ‘wow’ factor to your ensuite, there are currently a huge range of wall lights on the market. Choose from art-deco inspired wall lights, Hollywood inspired mirror lights and even bathroom chandeliers.
Undertaking any kind of renovation project can be daunting and the main worry for most people is usually cost. The good news is that it’s possible to install a lovely looking bathroom that won’t cost the earth: Of course, with bathroom furniture and accessories, you’ll always pay more for quality and splashing out on the shower cubicle that will last for the next twenty-thirty years compared to the one that will only last for five can be a no-brainer.
Whatever your budget and requirements, why don’t you give us a call today to discuss your ensuite bathroom makeover and whether we’re the right people for the job.