Victorian Family Home | Master En-SuiteContemporary Bathroom, Kent
When the homeowners purchased this Victorian family home, this bathroom was originally a dressing room. With two beautiful large sash windows which have far-fetching views of the sea, it was immediately desired for a freestanding bath to be placed underneath the window so the views can be appreciated. This is truly a beautiful space that feels calm and collected when you walk in – the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of modern family life.
The bathroom is accessed from the main bedroom via a few steps. Honed marble hexagon tiles from Ca’Pietra adorn the floor and the Victoria + Albert Amiata freestanding bath with its organic curves and elegant proportions sits in front of the sash window for an elegant impact and view from the bedroom.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
What do I want in the bathroom from a functional perspective?Think through key elements as a starting point, Cat Hoad suggests. “Do you definitely want a bath, or not necessarily if there’s a good shower? Is a bidet or Japanese-style loo a ‘must have’? Is it crucial to have lots of cupboards for linens, or just a convenient place for bathroom products?” she says.If you’re fitting a shower, the design you’d like is also something to assess early on. Do you fancy a wetroom style with a flush floor or would you prefer a low shower tray or a cubicle? A wetroom style is usually possible, but be aware it’s costlier and more disruptive.“A wetroom floor looks fabulous and sleek, with just a pane of glass separating the shower from the rest of the room,” Sara Levy says, “but it’s more expensive than using a tray, both in terms of materials and labour. However, we also prepare our clients that water could spread out from a tray, too, so we use waterproof board and waterproof the flooring around the shower area. “Another thing to think about with an open shower,” she adds, “is that you will feel the cool air from the bathroom and should plan your heating accordingly.”
Colourful bathroomsWhile white kitchens grow in popularity, we are going in the opposite direction in our bathrooms, it seems. Among our 20 most-saved bathroom photos so far this year, there were only a couple of white schemes. Meanwhile, ‘pink bathrooms’, ‘navy bathroom’ and ‘gold bathroom’ are brand-new search terms for 2020.We’ve seen a variety of examples of colour in the bathroom, from the pink cabinetry and dark walls seen here to rich green and blue zellige tiles, coloured sanitaryware, and clay-coloured metro tiles. Two shots from our tour of a tiny teal bathroom by Edinburgh-based interior designer Amy Shirlaw also feature in our top three most-saved bathroom photos.
Consider contrastsWe often use tiles to add colour to a bathroom, but how about letting them enhance other hues in the space instead? That’s exactly what West One Bathrooms has done here. Dramatic grey-green walls and a dusky pink vanity unit are set off by a strip of white tiles above the basins. The scalloped shape and shimmery surface brings a softness to the modern room and contrasts beautifully with the dark, matt walls.Read client reviews of bathroom designers in your area.