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Fashions in interior design change over time and bathrooms are no different. If your bathroom decor is looking a little tired, it might be time to brighten it up with a makeover. Many people are choosing to remodel their existing bathrooms into wet rooms, which can have the effect of opening up the space and gives a feel of spa hotel luxury at home. This type of bathroom restyle is easier than you might imagine; it just takes a little bit of thought and planning, and a clear idea of what you want the room to look like.
Think about the space
Both large and small bathrooms can be easily adapted to a wet room, but if you have less space then you must consider how to make the best use of it. Situate the toilet and shower as far away from each other as possible, so that the spray from the shower does not soak your toilet paper. If they are still too close, think about a partition wall — either a glass or a tiled one.
Decide whether you want a chic and modern or a rustic look
This will inform your choices of specific bathroom items like a luxury steam shower, the shower head, sink, and toilet. It will also inspire your colour choices and the materials from which you want your wet room constructed.
For a sleek, modern look, think about geometric shapes and simple, clean colours like white, marble, or cream. Concealed shower fittings will give an ultra-modern appearance, but may mean that the bathroom is a little more difficult to clean. Consider adding a handheld shower as well so that you can easily rinse the walls and floor. Recessed storage and integral tiled seating will add to the functionality of the room without altering the clean, sleek appearance. If you’re feeling bold, consider an accent wall to add a touch of vibrancy.
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Choosing a more rustic look gives you the option of a warmer colour scheme. Wood panelling is an option if it is sealed properly and can give the feel of a Scandinavian-style steam room, especially if you add a few plants that enjoy humid conditions. If possible, make the most of any natural light available to help bring a feeling of warmth to the room. If your wet room is large enough to accommodate a bath, you might consider a free-standing, statement piece like a clawfoot bath.
Consider the unseen elements
When you are designing a wet room the walls and floor must be waterproofed to prevent leaks and water damage. Think about drainage — if the room is large enough, you could go for a strip drain along the wall closest to the shower. This will give you the option of a larger floor tile, as the whole room slopes in one direction. Underfloor heating is a must in any wet room, both to keep it warm and to help dry it out when it is not being used. This will cut down on condensation and help prevent mould from forming.
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