It’s the end of a long day, you’ve just arrived home and you feel exhausted. You walk into your bathroom, turn the tap and watch as the water laps into your tub. You add a sprinkle of your favourite bath oil and the aroma floods the room. As you get in, you finally breathe a sigh of relief, letting go of your day. Everything is going to be okay. You lean against the back of the bath and dip your toe into the water cascading from the tap. You grab your book off the side table and as you begin to flick through, you can feel yourself relax even further. This is how it is meant to be.
“Don’t underestimate the power of a well-made bath, it’s not just the tub, it’s the temperature of the water, the bath oil, the room as a whole and of course, the towel that embraces you as you leave.” - Lucinda Waterhouse
The bath that you find most comfortable has to be down to just that: you. There are many variations in style, size and shape. Yousef Mansuri, Head of Retail Design at C.P. Hart, says, “Curved-backed baths do tend to be more comfortable for many, as the curve supports the back.”
Having a bath in the middle of a bedroom is something that comes straight out of luxurious boutique hotel. It’s a decadent fantasy, but is it one we can, or should, strive to achieve? Mansuri says it might be, “While this can look absolutely stunning, it is not always the most practical for the every-day home. On the other hand, if the bathroom is quite small, moving the bath into the bedroom space can free-up space within the bathroom itself, to create a more luxurious shower.”
Free-standing baths can look sophisticated and stylish but in smaller bathrooms they’re less common. We have the notion that small bathrooms don’t have the space for a freestanding bath, but Mansuri says that is not necessarily the case, “With so many small-sized free-standing baths available, it is definitely possible, and often, it can even make a space look larger, due to seeing more floor space.”
Generally, the beauty of a freestanding bath is that it is a standalone piece that creates a central feature in your bathroom. However, if space is limited and space around the bath is in short supply, Mansuri recommends “a gap of 100-200mm between the wall and the bath.” This way, you can see the attractive outline of a freestanding bath whilst maximising space at the same time.
A bathroom is central to your routine, you start and finish the day in it and it absolutely must be a place you can enjoy, relax and feel comfortable in. Mansuri discusses this question, saying: “I would say comfort, and storage. Storage is also hugely important so that the space doesn’t get too cluttered and is easier to keep clean and tidy. The ability to control the lighting to suit the time/mood, I feel, is also key.” Mood-enhancing lighting can be created with wall-lights to brighten your room in the morning and plenty of candles. Our LED candles look divine in clusters and throw out plenty of faux firelight without the worry of singed towels.
It’s always nice to coordinate a room so that it has a sense of balance and harmony. However, you want to avoid things looking too matchy-matchy. Mansuri says, “It is always nice to match the bath finish to the basin, for example, matt white finishes look fantastic for baths and basins, and now you can even match the WC in a matt finish!”
We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas to help you create your ideal bathroom. And if you want to make adjustments to the rest of your home, you can check out our blog on Key Pieces For Your Dining Room.