Take your eye off the ball for a second and what do you know – the tub has sneaked into the bedroom! This needn't be the preserve of the boutique hotel, however. Rather than squeeze a smaller bathtub into an already compromised bathroom, take it out altogether. Here lies an opportunity to indulge in a pair of basins, a bidet alongside the wc, all of those extras you'd love to include but would sacrifice for the sake of a bath. Relegate the tub to the bedroom however, and you open up an entirely different bathing experience – ultimately, a bigger tub for "duo-bathing", the perfect relaxing end to a busy day.
Arguably, this provides the ultimate en suite living – bed for sleeping, chaise or sofa for reading and a relaxing bathtub for a luxurious soak. The location of the bath is all-important. Place it where you get the best views, if you have them, maybe even raising the bath up on a plinth to secure a better outlook. Position the tub in front of a fireplace for a cosier and more intimate setting, arranging armchairs and textural rugs in amongst. Undoubtedly, the bigger the bedroom, the better the result – as the bath shouldn't fight with the bed visually, and you need space to circulate. That said, awkward eaves may provide the perfect place to tuck a tub, provided you have enough headroom!
If privacy is required, then a half-height divider (a discreet low wall) that disguises the tub and doubles as a headboard for the bed or elevation of bookshelves maybe the solution. Use the construction to house plumbing, mount taps and soap holders on the bathing side, while providing lighting and nifty niches for the bedroom.
If you don't feel ready to bring the bath into your boudoir then consider sliding panels/walls that separate the two when required.
Most of the time the sliding panels will be retracted to take advantage of space and light but they do offer a degree of intrigue and privacy when required.
The practicalities of mixing steam and water with soft furnishings needn't be any kind of obstacle.
Certainly a timber floor, tiled or stone surface, is practical, provided you include under floor heating. Bathing in a loftier space can be a chilly experience, so add an extra radiator or two, or the under floor heating – a good option in any event for spillages.
Carpet is a perfectly feasible choice, as baths simply don't have the same splash potential as showers. Plenty of natural ventilation and even a whisper-quiet fan with humidity sensors will regulate the room's moisture.
So take the plunge and enjoy the experience that bedroom bathing affords – what can beat slipping out of bed and into a deep hot tub – the ultimate bed and bath combo!