Designing a Wetroom
Wetrooms are one of the latest trends in bathrooms. They’re perfect for houses that are short on space, en-suites or downstairs shower rooms. Easy to style, they’re contemporary and clean for a busy lifestyle, or great for those with mobility issues or bathing young children.
Wetrooms can be defined differently in different places – for example, in Italy they describe it as having a door or a screen. But here in the UK, we tend to think of it as an open rom which is fully waterproof. Generally they won’t have a shower tray, but the floor will be completely tiled and watertight throughout the room with a drain in the middle.
If you’re thinking about changing around a bathroom in your house, it’s worth considering converting it into a wetroom. They usually add a small amount of value to your property, and even if not, they will make it significantly more appealing to buyers because of their being associated with luxury and spas. It’s also relatively easy to make the changes.
Here at UK Bathrooms we have a number of wet room packages, from leading bathroom manufacturers which are modern and stylish and easy to fit. You can choose from tiled wet rooms or those with a large shower tray, depending on your specifications and needs.
You’ll need to ensure first that the room is completely watertight, so choosing the correct materials for the job is of utmost importance. The walls are usually completely tiled, as is the floor. One of the more stylish ways of doing this at the moment is to use small tiles for a mosaic effect. Small glass tiles are bang on trend at the moment. You can choose from various colours and sizes to create an effect that suits your home best. To create that spa-like atmosphere, keep the colour scheme to a soothing mixture of beige or blue tones. Or for something more contemporary, a black and white monochrome room will create an area that looks stylish and smart.
Some installers recommend having underfloor heating in a wetroom in order to keep the tiles warm for bare feet and to dry out the floor more quickly. Ventilation is key in a wetroom to prevent damp, so ensure that you have a reliable extractor fan or a window.