Bathrooms: five products to inspire your self-build

Bathrooms are often considered to be practical areas – traditionally white and clinical and serving its purpose. But just because this particular room is more about function doesn’t mean you can’t inject a bit of style and innovation. After all, this is a space where we spend time and relax so why not invest time and money to achieving the best finish possible.

Think about shape and whether you want free fitted furniture to provide a flow to the space and a move away from a utilitarian feel.

Deep soaking tubs

These are timeless and never go out of style, after all who doesn’t love a long soak in the bath? Freestanding tubs add a little opulence and luxury to a bathroom especially when combined with stylish plumbing features. There’s plenty out there to suit your style but this ultra sleek grey RAK Ceramics is made from Lucite Acrylic and offers a contemporary feel.

View this RAK Ceramics freestanding bath tub here. 

Ideal Bathrooms RAK ceramics bath

Tap and basins

Individual by Vado does exactly what it says on the tin and that’s why we’re big fans of this range. If you’re seeking something distinctive and innovative this range has a number of products.

Gold brushed squared designs like this mono basin mixer offers a contemporary finish to a basin and could work well if you’re looking to achieve an industrial aesthetic. Rounded chrome designs look better in a traditional bathroom interior. You can find this range at Bassetts, which has retail bathroom showrooms in Northern Ireland but deliver across the UK and they offer a free bathroom design service for a seamless, hassle-free experience.

Vado tap from Bassetts

If you’re seeking more of a luxurious traditional feel, this Bayswater single bowl marble top basin is beautifully designed and features a high end finish inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian period.

Ideal Bathrooms Bayswater basin

Bathroom tiles might be your go-to when it comes to decorating your showers in your self-build home but have you thought about wall panelling? This kind of system is a quick way to waterproof a space and is easy to install by anyone who is DIY competent. You simply cut the Showerwall panels to size and fix them to the wall or over existing tiles. Showerwall wall panelling, sold by Ideal Bathrooms, is made with a plywood core and you can choose from a selection of versatile patterns to suit your interiors. There’s flamboyant flamingo designs through to bold botanicals; plus you could even design your own!

Showerwall Custom Leafy Design

Smart technology

Imagine switching on your shower to find you’ve achieved the perfect temperature and volume of water flow? It certainly makes the morning routine a lot easier.

Bassetts and Ideal Bathrooms stock the ultra-modern Grohe SmartControl, which can help you to plan and programme your perfect shower with an array of head showers to provide different spray types. The Grohe SmartControl is a neat option which provides concealed installation and a slim design for an uncluttered look. The system can create the perfect amount of droplets and power each time.

Grohe Smart Contorl shower
Design Materials