Utopia considers the increasing importance of cloakrooms and en suites, traditionally somewhat overlooked in terms of inspired design and clever planning.
Cloakrooms and en suites are now part of our day to day living space, an integral part of the home and no longer considered a separate utility. Bolder colours, textures and materials are being used to link these spaces to the rest of the house, with stylish bedroom and living room accessories perfectly at home in an en suite or cloakroom. It’s not surprising that we should be paying more attention to these smaller spaces as the cloakroom is the one room where all visitors to the home are likely to spend some time, and the en suite is the ideal opportunity to create a luxurious adult haven, very different from the busy family bathroom.
The key thing about these spaces is that they are likely to be small and, in the case, of the cloakroom, often awkwardly shaped, under stairs rooms. Having said that, there is still plenty of scope to create a dramatic impact and highly practical layout, using a combination of reduced depth furniture and sanitaryware with bold colour schemes and glossy, reflective surfaces.
Furniture works particularly well in these smaller spaces and is vital in providing out of sight storage for toiletries and cleaning materials. Try combining fitted and wall mounted furniture so that usable space can really be maximised. A fitted WC unit and storage unit will hide any unsightly pipework allowing the pan to be sited in the perfect location and not just where the pipes are. A modular washbasin unit with a large, illuminated mirror above will introduce a sense of space and is a much more stylish and practical alternative to a traditional basin and pedestal arrangement. Remember, too, that wall hung furniture and WCs add much more than a contemporary touch; they give an illusion of spaciousness by leaving the floor free.