Boutique chic: Taking luxury to the next level with bedroom bathing

BathroomsFeatures Wed 3rd Nov 2021 by Lisa Hibberd

Boutique chic: Taking luxury to the next level with bedroom bathing

Boutique chic: Taking luxury to the next level with bedroom bathing

Feature by Lisa Hibberd | Wed 3rd Nov 2021

Lisa has a background in working on consumer titles, and as the former associate editor of Your Home magazine, over 15 years' experience writing about kitchens and bathrooms. She now works as a freelance, contributing to both consumer and B2B platforms. More

Thought of by many as the preserve of boutique hotels, a bath installed in a bedroom conjures up notions of luxe weekends away, but now consumers are increasingly wanting to bring the idea home. Lisa Hibberd takes a look at the rising popularity – and the practicalities – of installing a bath in the bedroom.

There’s little doubt that there’s something truly indulgent about having a bath tub in the bedroom. Stepping straight out of a warm bath and heading to bed is surely the height of luxury, but inspired homeowners are looking to recreate that vibe on a permanent basis.

“Thanks to social media and stunning photography of hotels featuring a bathtub within the suite, there has been a concerted shift towards the bathroom being designed as a holistic living space,” explains Emma Joyce, brand manager at House of Rohl. “This aesthetic is aspirational to consumers; showcasing beautiful freestanding bathtubs within a room or suite can give the room a real sense of luxury. The cosiness of the bedroom makes it a place of relaxation and comfort, so placing a bath there only further enhances this.”

Clients can achieve hotel-style luxury with V&A Baths’ Marlborough double-ended slipper bath with plinth, which is based on a traditional bateau bath. Image Watergate Bay Hotel

The stunning shape of V&A Baths’ Napoli freestanding tub adds drama to any bedroom scheme, and it can be customised in a range of colours. Image Hotel Arnica Scuol

Although it’s unlikely that the traditional family bathroom or en suite is to be replaced any time soon, due to the need to bathe children, for example, or times when people wish to take a bath behind closed doors, the seriously grown-up concept of bedrooms with baths is rising in popularity. 

Part of its Aquawhite collection, Acquabella’s Venet bathtub is made from the unique material, Dolotek, which is antibacterial, smooth to the touch and UV-resistant. It’s shown here in a full bathroom setup within an open plan bedroom space

The BetteArt I bath from German manufacturer, Bette, is made from glazed titanium-steel, which is easy to clean, durable and recyclable. One straight edge means that it can be positioned against a wall, making it ideal for smaller bedrooms or for where a wall is part of the design

“One factor that is essential to making this trend work is space,” says Sally Cutchie, marketing manager at BC Designs. “A bath in the bedroom is definitely not an option for space-limited living – it works best as a feature taking centre stage in an already impressive room. The star of the show – the bath – also needs careful consideration, as it will be hard to create the look with a low to mid-market product. If you’re going to have a bathtub at the end of the bed, it’s got to be a feature, it needs to have presence and make a statement.” Another contributing factor is that bathrooms are getting smaller – those who may not have the space for the bath of their dreams may find that it’s a possibility in the bedroom instead.

BC Designs’ copper and nickel boat bath offers the height of luxury, creating a showstopping look in this loft bedroom by Virtue Projects Ltd. It’s available in 1500mm and 1700mm lengths

Even those with limited space can embrace bedroom bathing with Albion Bath’s Tubby Tub, which measures just 1200mm in length and can be finished in any Dulux Trade or Farrow & Ball colour, or one of Albion’s three metallic finishes

Many consumers can be put off the romantic idea of bedtime bathing by the prospect of plumbing. “Customers may be hesitant at first, thinking that the plumbing may be too complicated,” says Bart Sobieszczanski, senior designer at Ideal Standard. “As long as there’s a bathroom on the same floor, the plumbing tends to be relatively straightforward and can be simply carried out by professionally trained installer. However, floors and walls will need to be opened up to allow for this new pipework, meaning there can be quite a bit of disruption during installation, so homeowners need to be prepared for the extent of the work before the installation starts.”

Available in the UK in 2022, Ideal Standard’s Linda-X collection, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, comprises a range of basins and an elegant bath tub, which works beautifully in this broken-plan space

Clients can add an impressive backdrop to their bathing space with Opera d’Arte, an exotic marble from Cullifords. Sourced from France, this pattern-filled surface has an exquisite depth of colour and detail, from a deep intense violet shade to a lighter lilac and hints of green

With many showstopping baths being made from materials such as metal or stone, are clients right to have have other worries concerning installation? Lee Frost, director of Waters Baths of Ashbourne, comments, “Consider the weight of the bath, and always bear in mind that when full of water it will be even heavier. Consumers do have the option of a lightweight material such as acrylic, but a heavy weight copper, cast-iron or natural stone bath might mean that the floor has to be strengthened.”

Part of the i-LIne collection by Waters Baths of Ashbourne, the Stream Plus double-ended bath has a super-slim profile and is designed for two – perfect for a romantic bathing experience

Ben Bryden, sales and marketing director of RAK Ceramics, recommends that, aside from the most obvious considerations such as plumbing, designers shouldn’t forget other practical aspects. “Think about things like flooring – carpet is not really the best option for the area around the bath, for example. The ventilation in the room also needs to be good, with plenty of access to natural air to avoid steaming hot baths ruining soft furnishings – even more important in a bedroom.” Freestanding baths are ideal for making a bold statement in a bedroom or broken plan space, but most lack the handy shelf space which comes with a built-in design, so a stylish side table or bath bridge is a useful addition on which to stand bathing essentials.

Designed by Patrick Norguet, the RAK-Valet sanitaryware collection from RAK Ceramics features slender profiles and elongated lines

Tags: features, bathrooms, baths in bedrooms, freestanding baths, ideal standard

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