Blurring the boundaries between bedroom and bathing space

C.P. Hart Designer Emma Scott talks to Inex about a project where a large freestanding bath overlooking a window was the catalyst for the whole project.

After studying for an interior design degree at Lincoln University and working for a bespoke furniture company for a year, Emma Scott finally moved to C.P. Hart almost 10 years ago and has worked as a Bathroom Designer in Manchester for pretty much all of her design career.

“I knew I wanted to work in design since high school,” explains Emma. “Art, graphics and design were my favourite subjects and I was a huge ‘Changing Rooms’ fan. As I got a little older I realised it was spatial planning and interior architecture I really enjoyed and bathroom design fits perfectly with this.

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“For this project, the client wanted an opulent, glamorous master en-suite that would flow through from the open-plan bedroom/dressing area. A double shower, comfortable bath and storage with luxurious touches throughout were also key. Ideally, the client wanted a chandelier over the bath.”

Emma continues: “The bath was the first focus. The room has a gorgeous view from the floor-to-ceiling window so we wanted to make the most of this. Rather than simply fit a freestanding bath, we chose the Bania bath which feels more like a piece of furniture with plenty of counter space to stand a glass of wine and a good book. The hidden drop-down storage in the side also means products can be neatly hidden away. As the ceiling was too low to accommodate a chandelier, we used the Wanders crystal shower heads in the double shower as a compromise which really added the wow factor to the space.

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“By incorporating detail such as the crystal handles on the taps and the large-format porcelain marble-effect tiles, the overall look is very elegant without being ostentatious and is a beautiful space in which to relax. The room is quite large so creating features within the bath and shower areas means the space isn’t overwhelming or sparse and is actually a very inviting sanctuary. A television at the end of the bath, underfloor heating and an electric blind all add little levels of luxury too.

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“The soft grey and white scheme mixed with the warm wood-effect porcelain floor tiles tie the bedroom, dressing room and bathroom together and give them continuity. The window dressing and fabric ottoman bring a softer feel to what can sometimes be quite a clinical room.

“Most of the products are Italian and there is a lovely mix of finishes in the room which I think is important when working with such a neutral colour scheme. The matt bath is offset by the polished brassware and glossy furniture whilst the floor looks quite chalky, adding layers of interest to the palette. We used Karol for the basin/storage and bath, Gessi, Joerger and Bisazza Bagno for the brassware and radiators by Bisque. The shower screen was bespoke, the wetroom floor was by CCL and the tiles were from Casa Ceramica. The window treatments and all lighting is Lutron controlled. We also had the shadow gap on the bath and basin changed from standard white to a soft grey to pick up the veining in the wall tiles.”

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