The best hotel bathrooms have a bath and a separate shower. A walk in with overhead, body and hand sprays is the top of the league –but before you choose something like this check with a qualified plumber that your water supply is up to the job. If you haven’t enough space for a separate shower, install a shower bath where there is a roomy area for showering and an integral screen to keep water off the floor. Clingy shower curtains are a definite no.
Give a bathroom a luxury lift by replacing an old shower with a shower column. Smart and designed to connect to existing pipework, some shower columns have body jets, an overhead spray and a hand spray – but do check that your water system is up to the job.
Move Shower Column. VitrA’s thermostatic Move shower column is a quick and easy replacement for an existing shower. Simply plug and play on to existing plumbing. It has a fixed rain shower head, massage jets and a hand shower. Available in White, Silver, Anthracite and Gold Oak finishes, £499.
MAKE USE OF WALL SPACE
Wall-mounted toothbrush holders and soap dispensers cut the clutter and free up surface space. Choose a range that offers a full selection of fittings to give a co-ordinated look.
The Minimax range of wall-mounted accessories from VitrA includes a soap dish, toothbrush holder, toilet roll holder, towel rails and rings, robe hook and a WC brush holder. Prices start at £19 for a robe hook.
A large well lit mirror or mirrored cabinet is a bathroom must. Mirrored cabinets provide lighting and storage space for toiletries etc. The best mirror cabinets are designed so that light gently floods the glazed area giving you a clear view without any shadows.
T4 Mirror and Furniture Illuminated mirror 50cm in high gloss white £469. Tall wall hung unit with right hand doors also in high gloss white £815. Offset 80cm wash-basin £317 with 80cm wash-basin unit and drawer £784. Basin mixer £354.
GO FOR WALL-HUNG
Wall-hung fittings have long been a favourite with top hotels. The WC and bidet are suspended from the wall supported by a concealed frame. All that is visible is the fitting itself and a flush plate. Ugly pipework is hidden away and cleaning is easy because the fittings are clear of the floor. Wall-hung also makes a small bathroom appear larger. Wall-hung is flexible too – if there’s a window in the way, the pan can be set at a lower height – or the height can be raised if there is a less able person in the home who finds a standard height WC uncomfortably low. There is no need to worry about safety – a VitrA WC pan suspended from a wall frame will safely hold up to 60 stones. (RRP from £260). The old style basin and pedestal has no place in a luxury bathroom. Forget too the idea that you have to buy a suite – these days you can mix and match, choosing any of the many amazing basin shapes and colours available.
Add a soft touch concealed cistern control panel (achieved with an in-wall frame) with its contemporary form, angular buttons and sharp frames, the Select flush plate (pictured at at the end), is stunning in glass in black, white, white gold and chrome from RRP £145. Shown with VitrA Frame wall-hung WC pan – features Rim-ex technology in matt white from £460.
BATHROOM BASIN MAGIC
Basins can be deck-mounted and combined with a tall monobloc filler or wall-mounted brassware or for a really sleek look, the basin can be set into the counter. Make the basin a focal point – Water Jewels basins designed for VitrA by Matteo Thun come in a wonderful range of colours – including luxurious gold and silver. Water Jewels Basins are available in stunning colours and finishes. Top left square 40cm in Pearl white and black £454. Bottom left circular 40cm copper £639. Middle Platinum 40cm in platinum £560 and the undercounter model also in platinum £560.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A LUXURY WALLOW
Bring on the Jo Malone bath oil and the Diptyque candles… there’s nothing nicer than an indulgent wallow in a super-size bath. This stunning Water Jewels bath may stretch the pocket at £9805, but a statement bath is the perfect focus for the most luxurious bathrooms.
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