Above Frontline Bathrooms has introduced its first range of black and white brassware, enclosures and freestanding baths. The 10mm black walk-in screen from the Aquaglass+ range costs from £435

 

Once something enjoyed only on holidays and in hotels, the humble wet room has now become part of our everyday ablutions, with compact spaces being converted into seamless showering and larger bathrooms incorporating walk-in areas suitable for all the family. ‘Often utilised where space is tight to give the illusion of larger dimensions, wet rooms are increasingly being used as part of bigger bathroom designs to divide a scheme and help create zones,’ explains Emma Gaskell, marketing manager at Frontline Bathrooms. ‘For instance, a wet room can now be placed between or alongside a bath tub and basin to create a multipurpose space that enables two people to shower and bathe at the same time.’

 

So what about the practicalities? While a completely open design certainly looks attractive, can it really work from a functional point of view? In a smaller area, items such as towels and toilet rolls can easily get wet from shower spray so consider adding a glass screen to prevent this. Think about your budget too. Wet rooms tend to be more costly, as they need to be fully waterproofed by a professional fitter. ‘Tanking is essentially waterproofing the floor and walls,’ explains Brent Hudson, marketing and brands director at Geberit. ‘The humid conditions mean that specially designed tanking systems are needed to ensure the space is leak-proof and to prevent the build-up of mould. The lower section of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower are covered with a syrupy membrane, which, once set, can be tiled ready for use.’

 

Below Left The Kai thermostatic shower valve is £155; Design round single spray shower kit, £115, both by Crosswater

Above Right Graff has launched a range of new finishes for its Ametis brassware, including a powder-coated matt white effect, great for bringing something different to the wet room. It costs around £24,037, at Davroc

 

Drainage is also key and the floor should gradually slope towards the drain with a gentle gradient. Another option is to have a shower channel, which acts as an open profile for water to collect and drain. In terms of aesthetic appeal, less is usually more and the simpler the design, the more sophisticated it appears. For added interest, a carved niche or two in the wall can be used to store products while some designs include block seating or benches, which can help to future-proof the wet room, too. Using one material or colour throughout can also help create an illusion of space. If it’s an en suite however, you may wish to go all out with colourful or iridescent mosaics that offer a luxe look all to yourself.

 

Above Left Belmond Lodge in Botswana has a shower room designed by The Gallery, HBA. It’s kitted out with the Brooklyn wall-mounted shower with slimline hand shower controls in polished copper, priced £2,976, at The Watermark Collection 

 

 

Article by: Hayley Gilbert