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Where to wash and when to wear it

Bath­room de­sign has come a long way in the past decade or so.

One of the more in­ter­est­ing changes has been the evo­lu­tion of the en­suite from a purely func­tional area to wash to a gen­er­ous space re­sem­bling a day spa in the com­fort of your own home.

If TV renovation shows are any­thing to go by, even the bath­room walls have be­come ob­so­lete so that the tran­si­tion be­tween bed­room and bathing is seamless. There’s no doubt these spa­ces look beau­ti­ful but I’m not sure they are my cup of tea.

I’ve long strug­gled with the no­tion of hav­ing a toi­let so close to where I rest my head and the thought of my other half get­ting up in the mid­dle of the night to use it is even less ap­peal­ing.

But I’m also un­sure of how com­fort­able I would be hav­ing a wash in one of the more con­tem­po­rary-look­ing “wet zones” where the shower con­sists of a sin­gle blade of glass and a show­er­head ex­tends from the ceil­ing.

At the mo­ment, I rather like that my shower is fully en­closed with a glass pivot door. At this time of year when the weather is par­tic­u­larly cool, the shower acts as a warm cap­sule, so much so that I’ve of­ten de­layed turn­ing off the tap so I can en­joy it a lit­tle longer.

And while those rain­shower heads do look amaz­ing, for some­one as ver­ti­cally chal­lenged as I am, wet­ting your hair daily be­comes less of an op­tion and more of an in­evitabil­ity.

The same goes for those sleek free­stand­ing baths that look rather chal­leng­ing to get out of once you’ve had a nice long soak.

Hav­ing said all that, there is one in­no­va­tion that I ab­so­lutely love — the twin basin van­ity. From the spare set of taps to the ex­tra stor­age op­tions, it’s no sur­prise they’ve be­come stan­dard.

Now that’s some­thing to be­come flushed with ex­cite­ment about.

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