A couple in south-east London have transformed their bathroom into a stylish, spa-like space with a green bath. The homeowners chose a monochromatic scheme, adding warmth and a luxurious feel to their small bathroom ideas through wood and brass.
The makeover shows how neutral walls and light colored floors can really enhance the feeling of space. What was dark and cramped is now bright, airy and soothing, with the tub providing a clear focal point.
Previously, the bathroom walls were two-tone, and the window frame was painted white. Bulky built-in units overwhelmed the space, making it feel much smaller.
Now it feels so much lighter and brighter, with the freestanding tub and black window frame directing the gaze outside. The walls are finished in microcement which gives the look and feel of concrete at a fraction of the cost and weight.
“We had high expectations for our new bathroom – it needed to be a practical space while providing a soothing home spa feel – and I think we’ve succeeded in achieving that,” the owners say. ‘With a busy household, we needed a practical solution that could also be a space to get away from it all.
“No structural work was involved so we didn’t need any planning and we had another bathroom in the house which took the pressure off.” The couple also brought in builders they had worked with before, so they knew the bathroom remodel would be done with minimal hassle.
‘Our designer Samantha Watkins McRae created the mid-century scheme we wanted and maximized a light and spacious feel by removing the large built-in tub and vanity, giving us room for her sinks and ensuring our beautiful freestanding bath would be the focal point,” they explain.
The elegant integrated vanity ensures that bathroom clutter remains invisible. It offers enough space for two sinks, each with a mirror above. Wall-mounted faucets require advance planning to ensure that the piping is placed precisely in the wall.
“We love how the neutral color palette showcases the brushed brass fittings, which add texture and warmth and evoke the calm vibe we were looking for,” the owners explain.
On the other side of the bathroom is a sleek little bathroom shower idea, in warm brushed brass that matches the bath and sink fittings. Cool stone and an understated style allow the brass fittings to shine and the elegant tub to take center stage.
Freestanding tubs are sculptural and highly desirable pieces, but there are a few things to consider if you’re considering installing one in your home. First, the installation. Compared to a sunken tub, a freestanding tub is actually easier to install. Instead of a decorator and a contractor, you’ll probably only need a plumber.
Second, placement. Freestanding bathtubs allow you to use your space more creatively. While built-in bathtubs may require two or more walls to install, with freestanding versions anything goes!
And if you want to combine a shower cubicle and a bathtub, a built-in bathtub is the solution. It is possible to mount a shower over a freestanding tub, but it seems clunky. Some come with a small hand-held unit for rinsing, which might be a compromise.
Finally, storage ideas for the bathroom. Keep in mind that freestanding bathtubs have less space to put your shampoo or candles. A shelf built into the wall is a good option – or you might end up buying bath trays or a storage cabinet on wheels.