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A Splash of Luxury

Wetrooms are the latest bathroom trend to capture the imagination of homeowners

Demand for beautifully designed wetrooms has increased exponentially in the last ten years and it’s easy to see why – with the right care and upkeep, a well-installed wetroom rejuvenates your bathroom and provides a modern, clean and luxurious feel, similar to that of a spa or hotel. “People are travelling more, especially to luxury hotels and spas, and social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest show exotic wetroom designs from around the world,” explains owner of AJP Bathrooms John Pidgeon.

With images of inspirational wetrooms now at our fingertips, it’s no surprise that interiors-savvy homeowners want to dip their toes into designing a wetroom of their own. But apart from enticing looks, wetrooms do have practical benefits. “We all live very busy lives, so the more we can minimise time spent cleaning our bathrooms the better,” says Joanne Crane, senior designer at Ripples Bathrooms.

As well as being easy to clean – due to their simple design and extended tiled surfaces – wetrooms work well in small spaces because they “eliminate the need for a shower tray and give a clean spacious feel”, says Liz Williams from Lane & Wenden, a company that installs bespoke wetrooms. “They can also be designed without any glass (this takes a little more planning) or with simple fixed panes of glass”, adds Joanne, which makes them extremely practical for elderly or disabled users, who need to install adapted bathroom equipment and require more space to manoeuvre.

And, with careful planning and skilful installation, wetrooms can be fitted in period homes. Ripples Bathrooms has helped to install wetrooms into all ages and styles of properties and, as long as everything has been installed correctly and you maintain good bathroom upkeep with grouts and silicones, there should be no issues.

There are a few key things to consider when planning a wetroom; firstly, drainage. “When you have an open showering area you have to be aware that water will splash across the floor. It doesn’t matter if you have screens or not, or the size of your showering area, water has a habit of going where you don’t want it to,” explains Joanne. Also, bear in mind where you place your towels, toilet roll and other dry items. “The last thing you want is wet toilet paper, wet towels and vanity units under basins getting wet – always consider installing underfloor heating to dry-up water on the floor,” she adds. Heated towel rails are also a clever way of adding warmth to a wetroom, without detracting from the sleek design.

YOUR LOCAL WETROOM EXPERTS


Ripples Bathrooms, Reigate

Lane & Wenden, Kingston

AJP Bathrooms, Kingston