6 Ways to Design a Beautiful Bedroom Suite
See how clever architecture and interior design have maximised space – and style – in these en suites
Converting a loft to create an en suite is a popular way to go. This example, designed by Ash Island Lofts, takes the idea and works it beautifully.
Not only do those double sash windows give the feeling this is not a loft so much as an original part of the period house it belongs to, but there’s stacks of discreet storage, too.
The full-height, full-width panelled wardrobes – seen at the end of the bed here – have become part of the room’s architecture, rather than a distinct feature.
The generous walk-in shower spans the entire width of the space, which is 1.5m. A frameless shower screen keeps the feeling of an open-plan room, while natural light floods in through this large skylight. A tiny cupboard with a flush door is built into the wall, creating yet more unobtrusive space for hiding things away.
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When is a wardrobe not a wardrobe? When it’s an en suite bathroom, of course!
This sleek suite, designed by Quartet Architecture, features a clever design trick seen in a few projects across Houzz. The entrance to the en suite is disguised within a bank of wardrobe doors, giving the finish a seamless quality, as the whole wall of cabinetry almost disappears. Step through the ‘wardrobe’, however, and you’re in a spacious bathroom.
By opting for doors that open outwards, this design allows for extra storage, too, with the full depth of the cavity between the bedroom and bathroom put to excellent use. It creates a little corridor to link the two spaces and incorporates slim but tall shelving for towels and toiletries, with a deeper space at the top for bigger, less-used items.
Where privacy is not an issue (or, perhaps, where there’s no loo in the mix), consider a semi-open-plan en suite. This hotel-glamorous space, ingeniously designed by Morph Interior, features a basin and bath as well as a glazed walk-in shower (just behind the radiator).
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When Zulufish renovated the second floor of this period townhouse, the design turned the entire floor into a beautiful suite.
Before the renovation, there was a bedroom and a large bathroom on one floor. Now, the bedroom – at the front of the house, and visible in the antiqued, mirrored door here – opens onto this ‘corridor’ of elegant cupboards, forming a glamorous walk-in dressing area.
The grooved, handleless doors, which almost look like lavish, pleated curtains, lead to the mirrored wall at the end, which opens onto a bathroom.
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This simple bedroom and en suite in a rustic setting – a former stables – make good use of the space, while also retaining some of the building’s characterful features. AR Design Studio was responsible for the sensitively reworking the entire building.
While the cupboard provides essential storage for the small room, it also handily partitions off a good-sized bathroom.
The unusual basin in the corner is made from a horse trough original to the property. This feature is the part that’s visible from the room and it complements the retained wooden stable wall.
At the other end, which has tiled walls, there’s a loo tucked out of sight, parallel to the wardrobe, and next to that, lengthways, is a bath.
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If adding an en suite to your bedroom compromises space, consider whether there’s somewhere the room can ‘spill’ into.
In this clever reworking by Kia Designs, there was little space in the bedroom for a dressing table. However, there was a small landing outside, originally filled with a built-in cupboard.
The cupboard was removed and replaced by this dinky desk for putting on make-up and getting ready.
By accepting the existing layout, the designer managed to fit in this, the bedroom, a shower room and also a narrow dressing room (see the next photo), all on this compact top floor.
To help you picture the spaces more clearly, this doorless room is ahead of you as you reach the top of the stairs. The landing dressing table is on your right and the bedroom, leading to an en suite, is on the left.
See the clever layout ideas all over this family home.
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