From lighting and ambience to storage and thoughtful details, there's a lot to consider if you want to ensure your guests feel right at home
Above Give your guests the luxury of choosing how they bathe, with the Ebb shower bath which is an open-ended freestanding tub. The bath is £1,395 and the Space shower screen is £275, from Waters Baths of Ashbourne
Make a plan
Your guest bathroom or en suite can be valuable in terms of creating an extra space if you have a growing family or often have relatives or friends staying over, but also in the way that it can add value to your property. When planning, you’ll need to start by thinking about the size and dimensions of your room and consider how to make the most of every inch. ‘Keep it simple; guest bathrooms probably aren’t where the bulk of your budget is going to be spent so keep your fittings clean and simple and add interest in other ways,’ advises Pia Pelkonen, head of design at Day True. Once you’ve figured out a layout that works for you, incorporating fixtures and fittings and storage, then you can think about the scheme. Consider this room as an extension of the bedroom so that you decorate and accessorise with a style that flows between the rooms.
Below left The SVSET44 Factor shower system features a dual function concealed thermostatic shower valve and a 300mm stainless steel ceiling-mounted showerhead. It’s priced from around £690, at Roper Rhodes
Above right Storage modules in a satin lacquer finish, countertop in Carbon Oak and a washbasin made from Pietra Piasentina stone. This is from the Infinity bathroom collection by Modulnova, designed by Andrea Bassanello and available from DesignSpace London. Prices start at £2,000
While the design and layout of your room will be at the forefront of your planning, don’t forget to think about how everyone’s daily bathing routine can be enhanced by their sensory experience. This is where the Danish concept of hygge, which is about creating a feeling that’s warm and welcoming, comes into play in interiors. Simple ideas such as lighting a candle, soaking in a bubble bath and taking time away from our digital devices all encompass this simple and comforting way of living. You can ensure your guests have a chance to unwind if you think about what will improve their wash time, for example the right task and ambient lighting, anti-slip solutions for wet room floors and using materials such as wood which has a textural feel. Interaction with water is also important and ‘if your aim is to make a spa-like showering experience, drench showerheads are a great choice’, says Joe Stephens, product designer at Roper Rhodes. ‘Large ceiling-mounted shower heads create a cascading rain shower effect, providing both an invigorating start and relaxing end to the day.’
Below left Shown in a clean white: Vipp912 mirror, £650; Vipp982 module, £3,250; Vipp1 hooks, £79 for two; Vipp14 pedal bin, £199 for the 8L size, Vipp906 tap, £455; Towels and accessories, from £89 each, all from Vipp
Above right Organisation and a clutter-free style are key in making sure your guests have everything they need to hand with a little extra space for them to store their own toiletries. The Elite tower storage unit is shown here in white gloss and is £545, from Bauhaus by Crosswater
All in the detail
Firstly, let’s get straight to the point and talk about tidiness – because nobody likes a disorganised room and your guests won’t be left with a good impression if they are faced with clutter. There are a few simple ways you can get your bathroom in order, for example you can make the most of wall-hung cupboard and drawer space to store away products that aren’t necessary to keep on display. Also, it’s a nice touch if you can treat your guests to a hotel-style experience with just some thoughtful details such as a guest robe and slippers, fresh towels, scented candles and fill your shelves with nice soaps, hand creams and extra toiletries. With bathrooms becoming more like an extension of the bedroom, there’s no reason why you can’t bring in more feel-good textures such as rugs, tactile wall tiles and soft furnishings. ‘The term ‘luxury’ has shifted towards more natural materials and understated textures, especially in the bathroom, which is why linen towels are perfect for creating a welcoming and indulgent retreat’ explains Inga Lukauskiene, founder and designer, at LinenMe.
Article by: Emma Foale