Logo

His and hers bathrooms: a lesson in harmony

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 30 August 2018

A double basin unit offers both a sink each and storage to keep everything neat and tidy. Picture: Roper Rhodes

A double basin unit offers both a sink each and storage to keep everything neat and tidy. Picture: Roper Rhodes

Archant

Does your bathroom resemble a battleground in the mornings? Elbows at the ready as you jostle for space over the basin, arguments over who gets to shower first, and a regularly disputed timeshare of the bathroom mirror. Here are some tips for creating a harmonious ‘his and hers’ bathroom.

Joan Collins, Michael Cane, Sarah Michelle Geller, Melania Trump, and even Bette Davis have all been reported as saying that separate bathrooms are the key to a happy marriage. But for most of us, the dizzy heights of separate bathrooms are up there with having a chaise longue in your bedroom – in reality it would just become a glorified clothes horse in my house.

There are, however, some solutions which will make your shared bathroom a more harmonious space. Adding a second basin is probably the most obvious option, and one which will make your morning routine more time efficient.

“We’re seeing a growing trend for double, ‘his and hers’ basin units,” says Helen Shaw, marketing manager at Roper Rhodes, which supplies bathroom furniture and products to Supreme Bathroom & Kitchen Centre in Wymondham. “Where space alows, they are an obvious choice for those looking to create a stylish, boutique hotel style bathroom or en suite and are perfect for busy households.”

Helen adds that modern, modular, wall-hung furniture can give a spacious look, and a double basin unit featuring a deep, double drawer also provides generous, practical storage space for keeping toiletries and essentials close at hand, while keeping your bathroom neat and tidy.

If one of you is prone to leaving their items strewn everywhere, then having designated storage solutions for your belongings is a must. If you can’t squeeze in two sinks with built-in storage, try to find a solution that keeps your toiletries separate.

A free-standing unit with drawers or shelves, a storage caddy, or even some simple woven or canvas baskets will help to keep things ordered and make cleaning easier.

What if you prefer a hand-held shower, while he prefers a waterfall? The latest multi-head showers offer both so no one has to compromise on their shower experience.

“These showers allow each person to choose exactly how they want to use their shower,” says Gareth Pendleton, managing director at Norwich Bathrooms and Kitchens (NBK).

“The other option, again completely down to personal preference, is to have a separate shower and bath. While one is happily soaking in the bath, the other can shower at the same time without interrupting each other.”

If you’re not opposed to sharing, you could even have a double shower. “It’s completely possible, and is easier done when your bathroom is undergoing a full renovation due to the technical details that may be involved behind the scenes, such as increasing water pressures and changing pipe sizes,” says Gareth.

And what about the classic leaving the toilet seat up?

“The most popular toilet seats are soft-close, due to the lack of slamming,” says Gareth. “Self-close seats are available on the market, normally referred to as Smart Seats or Electric Sensor Seats, and they probably would save a lot of arguments, however, I can’t say we’ve had them requested by any of our customers as of yet, maybe they’ll become a trend in future years.”

It’s also worth considering colour schemes. A “his and hers” space should aim to be gender neutral. Luckily, current bathroom trends are steering away from bold accent colours in favour of pale grey tiles with a feature wall, often in a contrasting tile – no pink towels allowed!

“Colours in bathrooms are all about preference,” says Francesca Farrow, design director at Waldorf Farrow Interior Design. “When it’s a shared bathroom, neutral colours and greens always work well. A neutral palette can be accessorised with more colourful items, such as soap dispensers, candles or towels which can be replaced easily when you feel like a change without a huge overhaul or redecoration.

“There is a huge range of tiles and surfaces on the market now, and when designing a bathroom for a client I will always choose these first and select the paint colour afterwards. I also think it’s a great idea to mix materials, using tiles, woods and stones in the same space can add real interest to the space.”

For more inspiration, check out the digital edition of Beautiful Homes & Gardens.

Would you like to feature your interiors business in our next article?

Contact our team to discuss your requirements on 01603 772186 or click here for more information.

Latest Property Articles

If you’re looking for luxury living in a new home, this weekend, many showhomes are open to potential buyers with several open events planned around the county.

See the building work going on at a former Methodist chapel in east Norfolk which is being converted into a luxury home, shortly going up for sale. Property editor Caroline Culot went to take a look.

If you are looking to buy a secret hideaway, this intriguing detached, two bedroom brick and flint railway cottage near Norwich, tucked away and completely hidden from view, is for sale at auction for a guide price of £180,000-£190,000.

The housing market may be showing signs of a pre-Brexit slowdown but your home still went up in value in Norfolk, and even more so in Suffolk, over the summer, new figures show.

He was famous as a Victorian circus owner and was then immortalised in a song by The Beatles.

A £45m scheme for more than 200 homes on a Norwich city centre site, empty for more than a decade, has been submitted.

An investment management firm is looking to build up to 500 new homes near Thorpe St Andrew.

Buying a new home in Blofield comes with an extra special housewarming present in the form of a big hamper filled with goodies from the local farm shop - all thanks to a new collaboration between house builders Kier and agents Bidwells.

TV celebrity Linda Barker is to design eight new holiday lodges just given planning permission.

This year the invaluable government-backed Help to Buy scheme, helping young people get onto the property ladder, turned five years old. Alison Page, from David Wilson Homes, tells us more.

If you’re not married and you or your partner dies, if you haven’t made a will, it can have devastating consequences. Jo Tinson, from Spire solicitors, gives legal advice.

After cabinet minister Liz Truss called for more homes to be built in the countryside, the debate has raged on over whether the government needs to change planning laws to enable this. Property editor Caroline Culot asked two estate agents for their view.

Developers behind major schemes deemed crucial to regenerating parts of Norwich could be excused from paying a levy of thousands of pounds.

Not only has Polish carpenter Boguslaw Starzec almost doubled in size a modest bungalow, but he has also created the most incredible interiors mostly furnished with bargain buys from auction and eBay. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit to find out more.

New homes often come with incentives to buyers such as carpets, curtains and appliances - but one developer has now linked up with a top Norfolk restaurant to literally whet the appetite when buying a new house.

What’s top on your list of must-haves when you move? Probably a fantastic kitchen or bathroom - or both! These are the rooms which many people change. However, if you are looking for a bathroom which really gets you in a lather, how about these in homes for sale which might just tantalise you into making that move.

Once thought to have been demolished along with a magnificent mansion, this former falconer’s lodge was discovered in the forest and has now been transformed into a magical holiday hideaway.

It’s often called the cruellest tax of all. But exactly how much inheritance tax do you have to pay, when and can you avoid it?

Does your letting agent hide behind the Data Protection Act to avoid sending you vital paperwork? Mike White, from Martin & Co in Norwich, discusses.

Earlier this year saw the introduction of the profound changes to the taxation of buy-to-let investments, leaving landlords scrambling around trying to protect themselves from higher tax bills due to the reduced deductibility of mortgage interest. Jon Hook, managing director of Norwich Accountancy Services, tells us more.

Buying a new home brings lots of benefits, some you may not even have thought of. Dawn Urry, from Bennett Homes, tells us more.

An apartment occupying an entire floor in Norwich’s Westlegate Tower has just gone on sale for £750,000.

When Norfolk primary school teachers Courtenay and Joey Caston decided to 
buy a house, they never imagined they would be spending every spare moment doing everything from knocking down walls to realigning a chimney. Property editor Caroline Culot went along to find out more about the renovation project.

With first time buyers an ever growing proportion of the new build market, the sort of homes being built for them must adapt to remain in demand, according to recent research by Savills. Tamara Greener, from Savills New Homes, discusses.

The Property Shop in Acle reports a hot summer in terms of property sales and listings, selling on average one property a day last month. Managing director Sheron Harley discusses.

Demolishing Norwich’s Mile Cross depot, to make way for hundreds of new homes, will cost almost £2m - because the site is so contaminated, council bosses have revealed.

Thirty-five homes could be created above Norwich’s Jobcentre, if proposals get the green light.

It’s one of the most historic landmarks in Norfolk, let alone the city, and this house for sale is believed to be one of the last homes that exists there. Property editor Caroline Culot had the great privilege of visiting Elm Hill, where this marvellous house of history is for sale for a guide price of £900,000.

If your house is bursting at the seams, a usable conservatory or garden room may be just the answer.

If the idea of relaxing in your own hot tub feels just like a pipe dream, read on. Expert Ben Halton-Farrow from Wensum Pools says they’re easier to install and run than many of us may think.

We’ve all seen crazes for coffee makers and juicers come and go and come back again, but what do we actually use and what’s still in the box?

If you look around your kitchen and feel overwhelmed by crowded worktops, greasy cooker hoods and overflowing cupboards, try our one step at a time cleaning plan.

Does your bathroom resemble a battleground in the mornings? Elbows at the ready as you jostle for space over the basin, arguments over who gets to shower first, and a regularly disputed timeshare of the bathroom mirror. Here are some tips for creating a harmonious ‘his and hers’ bathroom.

Houseplants are enjoying a bit of a boom, and rightly so. Not only do they look great, they’re also good for your health and wellbeing, so what better place to keep them than in the bathroom?

Mermaids usually help lost seafarers but in the case of this 300-year-old former coaching inn, it is the one in need of saviour. The former Mermaid Inn at Hedenham is going under the auction hammer, for sale for £190,000-£225,000, after falling on hard times.

Fancy buying part of the heritage of Great Yarmouth? A rare chance to buy a detached house in the grounds of the former Royal Naval Hospital, South Denes, has arisen.

Developers behind the revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square could lodge revised plans within days, amid speculation the height of the scheme’s controversial tower might be cut.

A former school and acres of farmland look set to be sold off by council bosses as they grapple with ways to close a budget gap of almost £100m.

Winner of Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me, culinary queen Polly Guy is joining the line-up of Norfolk’s top chefs at the Aylsham Show’s Cookery Theatre event tomorrow, stepping in at the last minute after a cake making cancellation.

Neighbours who battled to stop student flats being built near their homes are celebrating after a planning inspector dismissed an appeal over the scheme.

Tenants have reported a litany of fresh problems at a Norwich block of flats - ten months after this newspaper first exposed issues with the state of the apartments.

Houses just don’t come on the market often like this - a Grade II star listed Georgian house on the coast in grounds of one acre. Property editor Caroline Culot had the great privilege of visiting Marsh House, Wells-next-the-Sea, for sale for a guide price of £1.4 million.

The idea of new settlements to provide new homes in Norfolk should not be dismissed, despite the frosty reception proposals for a garden town between Dereham and Fakenham received.

Meet the Editor

Caroline Culot

Email
Twitter

I am the property editor in charge of delivering some exciting and informative content within Archant’s varied titles. We have 16-17 pages of stories, features and columns in the EDP Property supplement out every Friday free in your EDP so please don’t miss it.