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.