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Ability Bathe | October 24, 2023

Ensuite Bathrooms: Modern Ensuite Ideas

Ensuite Bathrooms: Modern Ensuite Ideas

In this guide we’ll share a wide range of modern ensuite ideas to suit all tastes.

Even if your bedroom’s adjacent bathroom is a small one, there’s no shortage of great ensuite ideas for compact spaces.

An ensuite is always a convenient option to have – for a master bedroom, a guestroom or any other sleeping space.

In fact, the limited size required for an ensuite can give you more flexibility. Here are several ensuite ideas if you’re looking for a little inspiration.

Get creative…

Think of an ensuite bathroom as your own private space for washing and relaxing. It’s not for visitors just popping in, it’s for you and your partner – that gives you more choice to design it as you see fit.

No need to worry about anyone else’s questioning looks or silent judgements – if your idea of the perfect ensuite bathroom is a little crazy, just go for it, don’t hold back!

Embrace your creativity – if you want a neon green colour scheme and some unusual photos on the bathroom walls, this is the right room for it.

…or follow the bedroom style

Alternatively, if you’d like a more conservative ensuite bathroom but can’t decide how to style it, take inspiration from the bedroom it’s next to.

You could copy the colour of the walls and even the floor material. Just have a think about whether it’s the right choice for a waterproof bathroom though.

Replicating the same style, the ensuite bathroom will look like an extension of the bedroom, in turn making the whole area feel bigger and more spacious.

two sinks and mirrors in a bathroom

Double basins

Nothing says ‘ensuite bathroom’ more than a double basin. It’s both a stylish design feature and a practical choice.

Even if you and your partner don’t want to brush your teeth side by side every night, the double basin look is a fancy hotel-style addition to any ensuite bathroom.

Plus there’s an additional benefit – if you need to unblock one bathroom sink, while waiting, use the other one!

white bathroom with plants

Plants

As mentioned, an ensuite bathroom is a great place to relax. Upstairs, behind your bedroom, take a long warm bath at the end of a tiring day to unwind.

Set the tone for a relaxing environment by filling the bathroom with plants. It’s a low-cost way to make your ensuite bathroom look great.

Choose the right ones and you can even help prevent the bathroom becoming damp – for example, English ivy plants can reportedly take up to 78% of airborne mould.

bathroom with long mirrors on the walls

Mirrors

In most cases, your ensuite will be smaller than a typical main family bathroom – that means it’s worth thinking about a small bathroom layout.

However, just because your ensuite is small doesn’t mean it has to look small. There are lots of options to create the illusion of extra space.

One of the most popular ways is to put up large mirrors on the walls, reflecting the light and doubling the design or imagery in front of it.

And as long as you aren’t superstitious, put two mirrors in front of each other and it will look like your ensuite layout is infinite!

Sliding doors

Even if you try that trick, practically speaking, in a small ensuite bathroom you may not have enough space for lots of bulky units on the floor and walls.

There are a few ways to save some space though. For example, rather than having a swing door, how about a sliding door that disappears behind the wall?

With a sliding door, you can use the space that would usually be in the way of a swing door – that could be a good place for a radiator, or the sink, or something else.

Storage

In an ensuite more than any other bathroom, it’s a good idea to factor in some handy storage options.

Space is at a premium so consider choosing a sink with a cabinet underneath or a mirror with shelves behind it.

A niche or hollow in the shower cubicle is a great place to put all your soaps and shampoos too.

marble walk-in shower with low wall

Walk-in shower

Last but certainly not least, a walk-in shower is one of the best space-saving plans for your ensuite bathroom. Think about some ensuite shower room ideas if you don’t have a large area to work with.

A walk-in shower takes up much less space than a bath. For more details, here’s our guide on replacing a bath with a shower.

A walk-in shower is also a more accessible and logical choice for disability-friendly bathroom options.

Final thoughts: Modern ensuite ideas

Hopefully these ensuite ideas have given you a useful starting point for designing a modern bathroom next to a bedroom.

With winter approaching, consider underfloor bathroom heating too. There’s little more soothing than waking up, getting out of bed, walking to an ensuite and stepping onto some warm tiles first thing in the morning!

Elsewhere on our blog we provide several how-to guides, including one for tiling a bathroom floor.

But there’s no need to take on complex bathroom design work yourself – that’s what we’re here for!

We are Ability Bathe, a family-run business specialising in bathroom, wet room and walk-in shower installations. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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