Blog post


30 May 2017


Not everyone likes an open-plan bathroom. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s acknowledge that a lot of people absolutely love an open-plan bathroom. A lot of it has to do with the sense of space and luxury that’s created when we blur the lines between the bathroom and the boudoir.

You only have to look at five-star hotels and deluxe tropical villas to see where the inspiration comes from. A spacious bathroom with a huge walk-in shower and a freestanding tub adds that extra level of luxury and indulgence we often crave. It gives us a space that feels more like a bedroom suite than dreary, run-of-the-mill sleeping quarters. It’s as if we’re being invited to take time out to relax and unwind.

Sense of space

From a practical design perspective, an open-plan bathroom can make both bedroom and ensuite feel bigger, lighter and airier because they borrow light and space from each other. Put a wall up between the two rooms and suddenly the spaces feel smaller and more closed in because you’ve lost the lines of sight.

Happy medium

If you can’t decide whether you love or hate open-plan bathrooms, you can always opt for a happy medium that gives you the best of both worlds. You can ‘buffer’ the bathroom from the bedroom using a walk-through dressing room, for example. Other options include sliding screens or plantation-style shutters, or you could even add a cheeky window between the bedroom and ensuite to keep things open without putting everything on show.

Sometimes the trick is find a balance between that relaxed, resort-inspired styling that we like, and our desire for privacy. Many people are also mindful of factors such as steamy showers, or their partner getting up – or going to bed – later than they do.

Here are some ideas that you might want to check out if you’re deciding whether to go open-plan or not.

Making the vanity unit extra long so that it extends into the dressing room, which acts as a buffer between the bathroom and the bedroom, but the interaction between the various spaces plays up the sense of openness.

Keeping the bathroom completely open to the bedroom and including a super-long vanity unit running the length of the bedroom wall, which cleverly turns into a dressing table that then morphs into a desk space for an extra touch of hotel-inspired styling.

In our Modena display,  we’ve used the bath to separate the ensuite from the bedroom. The bath sits between a section of wall and the shower. The result is an open design that makes a big impact.

Tight on space in your ensuite, but want to have it all? Here we have used double frameless shower screens to create a separation from the basin area, with a freestanding bath against the wall,

Here we have separated the ‘his and hers’ vanity units, and placed the ensuite between the bedroom and the dressing room to create a semi-open design that feels large and luxurious.

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