It’s one of the biggest luxuries I can think of: a wetroom, complete with rainfall shower, gorgeous tiles, and an overall look guaranteed to make your friends and family just a little green with envy.
Whether you are aiming for the full monty or ‘only’ a walk-in enclosure, a stunning scheme doesn’t have to break the bank – yes, even if you’re a central London dweller like me, who are usually prone to living in teeny spaces.
How, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve got the secret to success right here. Read on.
I know what you’re thinking – where do you start?
Before anything else, think about whether you’re ready to face the work, cost, and disruption of full waterproofing, also known as tanking, or if a large walk-in shower would suffice.
Then, hit up a specialist and start talking shop. This can be a bathroom designer, plumber, or a builder – they’ll all know what they’re doing.
For an extra level of security, double check your chosen tradesperson is registered with a professional organisation, for example the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.
A wetroom includes tiles. A lot of them.
So unless you want to spend your time scrubbing your surfaces, choose low-maintenance materials where possible. You could also give up on trying to get everything streak free… .
Quartz and acrylic make great choices. They’re scratch resistant, cope well with frequently getting wet, and a quick wipe is often all they need to look squeaky clean again.
Vinyl is also suitable and now comes in a whole host of designs, from solid colours (good for a fun twist) to surfaces imitating the appearance of real stone, wood, or tiles.
Bonus? Tile-look vinyl has no grout lines – one less thing that needs scrubbing. Win.
I know, nobody wants to think about getting older (unless you’re me and were taken for 16 not too long ago – apparently no makeup and a big coat give me serious baby face).
That said, this is the chance to make sure your space will work, no matter what life throws at you or which elderly or very young family member comes to visit and needs a room they can navigate safely.
How to make your wetroom accessible? Easy!
Anti-slip tiles are a must anyways, but also think about having an even floor throughout, easy-to-reach storage, and maybe even a seat in your shower.
But don’t worry, it won’t look like a hospital – all of these bank plenty of style points these days and are often found in luxury hotels.
And if it’s good enough for the Savoy, it’s just perfect in our homes.
The style secrets
Marble is, I have no other word for it, the little black dress of the bathroom world: quickly jazzed up with a new cut or a few accessories and never out of fashion.
It’s also a tricky material and prone to staining, so it’s good new that there are surfaces which look the part but are much easier to take care of.
Of course, you could also be more adventurous. Concrete is super popular right now – ideal for a cool, urban look – or you could opt for softer colours and straight lines to create a sleek, unfussy but still warm look.
So, what will it be? The all-out wetroom? A luxurious enclosure? A mix of both? Let me know – I’m always looking for inspiration myself.
Featured image: Daylight makes any space instantly feel brighter and more open – plus it’ll make your morning shower all the more invigorating. To preserve your privacy, window films are a solution. If actually sticking something to your glass is out of the question, blinds make a great, easy-to-install alternative. Made from high-grade PVC and vinyl, English Blinds‘ Multi Lux design, from £22.95 for a 30 x 30cm size, can withstand the moisture in the bathroom but still looks sleek.