When it comes to bathroom planning, which is best? It’s a home-owners’ dilemma and one that I want to get to the bottom of today. Maybe you could help me; What do you think is the best choice for a bathroom? If you were fitting a bathroom from scratch, what would you choose? Which is the most practical or which would you not want to go without? I’m having a think about all these questions as I write today’s interior design inspiration blog post and I’d love to get your feedback.
This debate popped into my head this weekend and it’s all down to my Easter holiday. I took a trip to Yorkshire and stayed in a couple of places – one was a hotel and the other was a holiday cottage. Both of these locations were comfortable, gorgeously decorated and had a bath. There was a joyful moment as I checked out these bathrooms and discovered the bath, as it meant that I knew I had a relaxing session of bathing ahead of me.
I think it’s the fact that we only have a shower at home that got me so excited about the prospect of having a bath. I didn’t actually realise that I missed owning a bath so much until I saw them in the hotel and cottage. I guess you don’t think about it day-to-day, you just live with what you’ve got. But, in fact, I do enjoy having a proper fitted shower at home…
Prior to my current home we had only a bath, which meant that washing took much longer and needed to be planned out in advance by turning the water heater on. So when I got a shower in my current home, I was in heaven! I’ve never washed so regularly in my life – two showers in one day? why not! So why was I so excited about the bath I saw in that hotel en suite? Let’s look at the pros and cons of bath v shower…
- Chill out time is guaranteed; there’s no such thing as a ‘quick bath’ and you can read a book or magazine.
- It’s a great winter activity – being surrounded by warm water is very luxurious when it’s frosty outside.
- You can wash your kids/dog/sheep in the bath.
- I get to buy lots of delicious-smelling bath bombs from Lush.
- A bath makes your bathroom feel luxurious and more like a hotel.
- I never really feel totally ‘clean’ after a bath – I imagine bath bomb residue clinging to my hair etc.
- The cost of the large volumes of water to fill it because, let’s face it, half a bath might as well be no bath.
- Advance planning involved in turning on the hot water and clearing an hour in your schedule.
- No chance of using a body scrub for fear of lying on gritty grains for the duration of the soak.
- Baths won’t always into small rooms, and small baths feel like you’re washing in a tin tub in front of the fire in Victorian times.
- Power showers with instant hot water means that you can hop in and out of the shower quickly.
- You can have more than one a day and not feel guilty about using up all the water in the UK.
- Stepping out of the shower feeling very clean after rinsing off all the bubbles and scrubs you pampered yourself with.
- It’s a refreshing summer activity that keeps you cool in hot weather and wakes you up in the mornings.
- Showers can fit into even the smallest of bathrooms.
- Your book will get wet.
- You face mask will drip off.
- Cleaning the glass door – it’s just a limescale trap.
- No hanging around while your deep conditioning hair treatment soaks in, showers are supposed to be fast.
- If you only have a shower it feels a bit like you’re living in a caravan.
So after my careful analysis, I’m certainly no clearer on which option is best. As I use showers more often I think that I couldn’t live without one now, but having the option to soak in the bath every once in a while is lovely. So I conclude that having both in a bathroom is the preferable situation. However, please don’t make me fit a shower over a bath. I feel like I’m going to slip over while showering and that I’ll get a face full of spray while I’m bathing. For me, it’s got to be a separate bath and shower cubicle. But I don’t currently own a mansion and I don’t want to give up a bedroom to turn it into a huge bath/shower room. So where does that leave me? I’m still in the middle.
What do you think about the great bath V shower debate? What set up do you have at home? Can we really have it all? Let me know by leaving me a comment below or tweeting me @Cassiefairy.