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Ensuite Bathroom Ideas & Designs

Ensuite design ideas for bathrooms big and small

Wednesday 11th August 2021

Your ensuite is a private space for your use only, which means it typically goes one of two ways: it’s deprioritised on the basis that guests won’t see it, or it’s given the full VIP treatment to transform it into an exclusive, personalised sanctuary that’s a reflection of you and your own creativity. We think every ensuite deserves the latter treatment, so we’ve compiled this list of ensuite ideas, including the best layouts and furniture to help you make the most of your space, and colour schemes and lighting ideas to make a small ensuite feel bigger.

Ensuite bathroom layouts 

When designing the layout of your ensuite, clever use of space is key. Most ensuites are on the small side, which means you want to make the most of the limited space you have to play with.  

Overcrowding the room will make a small space feel cluttered, so keep “less is more” as your mantra as you start to think about bathroom furniture and how it will fit in the room. Short-projection furniture is a great idea as it takes up less space, making the room feel bigger than it actually is.  

If you’re lucky enough to have a large ensuite, then you are less restricted when it comes to planning your layout, but you still want to be clever with it and ensure there’s a good flow and plenty of space around your sink, toilet and the entrance to your shower enclosure. 

Ensuite shower enclosures 

If space is limited, then choose a shower enclosure that fits neatly into the corner of your ensuite, like a corner-entry shower enclosure or a pentagon shower enclosure. Alternatively, you might find that a square or rectangular shower enclosure could feat neatly between two walls, tucked away to maximise space. Think about whether the shower door will open from the left or the right, measuring to make sure you have enough room to get in and out, and choose a compact shower like the Mira Minimal to further save on space and streamline the room. 

Whether your ensuite is large or small, if you fancy making it ultra luxurious and contemporary, you could even consider turning it into a wet room. Wet rooms are a stylish and popular option and one of the main benefits is that they eliminate the need for bulky fixtures and fittings, saving you space. Add a sleek divider panel and you’re good to go. 

Toilets, basins and vanity units 

As we mentioned earlier, if you’re short on space then look for compact bathroom furniture with short projections that will make the room appear larger. Consider a wall-hung toilet and vanity unit to create the illusion of space beneath them and to channel a modern aesthetic, or consider a combination vanity unit that merges you basin and your toilet to save even more space and keep the room uncluttered. Choose compact taps to continue the streamlined effect. 

H2: Storage in your ensuite  

All good ensuite designs should include plenty of storage space so that the room can be kept tidy and clutter can be hidden away. A vanity unit is essential, and if your ensuite is on the small side, there are plenty of other clever storage solutions including corner units, ladders to make the most of vertical space, and the use of the space above and below the sink and above your bathroom door.  

Colour schemes 

Your ensuite is a private room for you to decorate in any way you wish, so if that means going bold, bright and patterned, then that’s your prerogative, but as a general rule, small bathrooms lend themselves better to light, neutral palettes. An off-white or a soft pastel shade will brighten up the space, making it feel bigger than it is.  

Since the room is attached to your bedroom, it’s also a good idea to pick a colour scheme that works in harmony with the existing scheme for a sense of continuity. If your bedroom is decorated in darker tones, then pick a neutral colour for your ensuite and then add splashes of the darker tone from your bedroom in your accessories, such as your towels and your bathmat.  

Mirrors and lighting 

Brighten up your ensuite with the use of mirrors and lighting. A well-placed mirror will help to reflect light around the room, and you could even go for a mirrored cabinet to add additional storage to your bathroom – multifunctional furniture is your friend when you’re working with a small space.  

Make the most of any natural light you have, keeping windows and windowsills clear and unobstructed, and add LED spotlights or flat lighting to brighten up the room without taking up precious space. 

Above all, no ensuite is complete without the perfect shower, so explore our full range of showers to make your ensuite the best it can be.