Ensuite eye candy

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Oct 29 2008
One of my favourite bathrooms, in deep pink and white along with wide wooden floor boards.

Our ensuite needs a renovation when we can afford it since the toilet leaks, the shower stall leaks because the builder neglected to properly seal the stall and the sink is outside the bathroom. This is something we don’t get. Why put the entire bathroom in a separate ‘room’ with four walls, window and a door EXCEPT the bathroom sink??

Now that I have the chance to re-design and dream for an achievable (small and narrow) ensuite within budget and space, allow me to meander through my thoughts.

One of my favourite bathrooms, in deep pink and white along with wide wooden floor boards.

One of my favourite bathrooms, in deep pink and white along with wide wooden floor boards.

Tile the lot

I am Malaysian now living in Australia. Growing up, very very very few bathrooms in this region did not enjoy a dry/wet area. I’m sure new houses in these areas now enjoy dry/wet areas due to globalisation!

But because of the extreme humidity, floorboards in bathrooms was basically super-luxury. Wood in bathrooms would rot in no time. It is far more practical financially and housekeeping-ly to tile most surfaces (bar ceiling).

So while the above bathroom, one of my favourites, is beautiful with deep pink painted wall above tiles and wide wooden floorboards, I’m not sure if I’d go that route. Practically speaking, it would be faster and easier to clean the bathroom like I did in Malaysia in Mum’s home: hose the entire bathroom (walls and floors) with water, soap the entire bathroom with scourer and then hose again.

Red tiled bathroom. Big style on one colour

Red tiled bathroom. Big style on one colour

Something like this bathroom with beautiful Bisazza tiles everywhere would really add luxe to a small space. But Bisazza is expensive! Yet I’m sure less kidney-costing solutions are out there, as beautiful.

Pebbles?

Pebbled wall, adding interest and texture, via Carlos Domenech

Pebbled wall, adding interest and texture, via Carlos Domenech

The pebbled wall really adds interest and texture. So then maybe this is a way to add interest without artwork. (I mean, how practical is framed artwork in a bathroom?)

Cleaning a pebbled wall would be fun. Not.

Seating

I’ve always wanted a chair in my bathrooms but it won’t have space for that luxury.

Comfy chair near a shower stall.

Comfy chair near a shower stall.

A simple white bathroom with blue clawfoot bath, via Sherrill Canet Interiors

A simple white bathroom with blue clawfoot bath, via Sherrill Canet Interiors.

There are a myriad of things whilst in the shower that any one of us would appreciate having a seating surface for.

Maybe a stool within the shower area?

I love this blue tiled bathroom with the sleek stool for essential grooming

I love this blue tiled bathroom with the sleek stool in the shower for essential grooming

Pedestal basins

Large venetian mirror in a beautiful bathroom with a marble sink

Large venetian mirror in a beautiful bathroom with a marble sink

A serene taupe bathroom with pedestal marble sink, via Ashley Roi Jenkins

A serene taupe bathroom with pedestal marble sink, via Ashley Roi Jenkins

While pedestal basins are so elegant and sleek, I do kinda like the thought of having storage to hide what doesn’t need to be on display.

Storage

Beautiful bathroom with grey vanity cupboard with white carrera marble countertop

So many things need to be hidden. Would be awesome to have one of those drawers equipped with an inbuilt power supply to hook up and store the shaver and hairdryer.

Hair rollers, hair spray, hair ties, floss…

Mirrors

I’ve always wanted unusual mirrors. Plain white frame is so boring. Plain black frame is only so minimally better.

Large venetian mirror in a white bathroom, via Gunkelman Flesher.

Large venetian mirror in a white bathroom, via Gunkelman Flesher.

How about this mirror? Super interesting!

A gilt mirror with frame like branches in a forest wallpapered bathroom, via Philippe Starck.

A gilt mirror with frame like branches in a forest wallpapered bathroom, via Philippe Starck

One or two sinks?

Two sinks in an all-white bathroom

Two sinks in an all-white bathroom

Two sinks means cleaning two sinks and we’re rarely at one at the same time.

One larger sink may be better… in a small space, two sinks squished together does not give the illusion of luxury.

Floating = floor real estate

Floating vanity and sink cabinet in an all white bathroom

Floating vanity and sink cabinet in an all white bathroom

A floating sink/storage means there’s more floor space (illusions are important in small spaces!)

Easy to clean too!

Free standing furniture

I love the idea of an armoire or built in for towels, pretty supplies and cotton balls in a pretty glass jar.

Built in glassed folding door cabinet in a bathroom

Built in glassed folding door cabinet in a bathroom

A vintage dental cabinet or glassed dresser keeps the dust away!

Bath, no bath

We’re not bath people (very conscious of water usage)…

Pink clawfoot bath with art print with pink stockinged feet

Pink clawfoot bath with art print with pink stockinged feet, via Oak Management

Large white bathtub in a blue and white bathroom with super large round mirror

Large white bathtub in a blue and white bathroom with super large round mirror

Showers are good!

… and prefer a quick in and out of a shower

Super minimal bathroom with glass wall dividing shower area and rest of bathroom, via Philippe Starck.

Super minimal bathroom with glass wall dividing shower area and rest of bathroom, via Philippe Starck

I only want a glass/plexiglas wall dividing the shower “stall” from the rest of the ensuite. This takes up way less space than an actual stall and door and keeps things rather simple.

Cream tiled bathroom with glassed wall divider, via Clare Cousins Architects.

Cream tiled bathroom with glassed wall divider, via Clare Cousins Architects

Adding colour to that glass gives it feel of luxury..

Glass divider between shower and rest of bathroom in a funky orange tint, via Karim Rashid.

Glass divider between shower and rest of bathroom in a funky orange tint, via Karim Rashid

Bathroom and bedroom in one space

Bedroom with bathroom attached without separate rooms! Just dividing wall.

Bedroom with bathroom attached without separate rooms! Just dividing wall.

While these two bathrooms are beautiful, I am not a fan of ensuite or bath areas in the master bedroom separated merely by what is essentially a divider.

Obvious issues are privacy, modesty and I don’t see how you can avoid the steam that rises from the bath; which will inevitably moisten the bed linen, curtains and rugs… and that’s never good. Gives rise to mold. And damp.

Unless this house is a house of just adults who know well never to enter another adult’s personal domain, children are prone to just running into their parents’ bedrooms.

Another bathtub in pale turquoise bedroom

Another bathtub in pale turquoise bedroom

Moreover, what adult likes to be privy to their partner’s toilet time??

So… time to plan!

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