En-suite ideas – 16 looks to inspire your own bathroom en-suite

If you're on the lookout for en-suite ideas to style a new addition to your home, or to update an existing bathroom en-suite, our edit can help

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If you don't already have one, then these bathroom en-suite ideas will have you considering this project very soon! You may think it tricky to add an en-suite to your space if you haven't got much room to work with, or if you have an awkwardly shaped space (or both), however, even the most unlikely of corners and loft spaces can make perfect en-suites...

From open plan en-suite bathrooms to more traditional looks, compact setups and more, keep scrolling to help bring more function – and a little luxury – to your home this year. And for more bathroom ideas be sure to take a look at our marvelous feature. Find more information on how to add an ensuite to another room on our dedicated page too.

1.  Opt for streamlined sanitaryware

light coloured bathroom with large windows and neutral scheme

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Opting for streamlined sanitaryware in an en-suite is a practical option that maximizes space while giving a bathroom a sleek and contemporary feel – a countertop basin with a simple silhouette is both a practical and stylish example. For more gorgeous modern bathroom ideas, check out our gallery. 

2. Maximize awkward spaces

modern bathroom with a freestanding bath, wall hung units, white walls and a wooden table

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En-suite bathrooms, particularly those in a loft conversions, can be small, awkward spaces with tricky angles. It's important to plan your en-suite effectively in order to maximize space and come up with design solutions that tackle awkward angles. 

Transforming an en-suite into a wet room can be a great way of tackling this issue as it allows the installation of a simple shower screen (rather than a fitted shower unit), ensuring that awkward spaces are utilized effectively. If this idea takes your fancy go and have a read of our guide to wet room design

3. Make an ensuite feel like an extension of your bedroom

Blue ensuite by B&Q

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When designing an en-suite, it can be a good idea to opt for a scheme that complements the adjoining rooms. This creates a sense of flow and continuity through the spaces, making them feel connected and well-considered.

For advice on new bathroom costs take a look at our feature.

4. Consider opening up a space with a doorless frame

bedroom leading into ensuite in farmhouse

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If you want to create an open feel between a bedroom and en-suite bathroom, consider choosing a doorless frame. This can help enhance the feeling of continuity between the two spaces, particularly when similar colours run through the schemes of both spaces.

Check out our edit for more bedroom colour ideas and inspiration.

5. Or go for the two room option

Ensuite bathroom ideas

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If you are able, using the room next door to your bedroom can be a great option. It allows you to have some privacy whilst still retaining that ensuite feel. You can link the two spaces visually, choose one color key color, like coral for example, and thread it through both rooms - the throw on the bed, to the basin unit, towels and curtains. Using the same flooring throughout creates a flow too and using brass light fittings in both rooms give the look a cohesive feel. 

6. Create the illusion of space with an open plan design

Black shower by Meir

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A minimalist, open-plan scheme is a great option in a small bathroom design or en-suite, creating the illusion of a space that's large and light. Consider installing a recessed wall unit during the process of designing a bathroom, as this maximizes space and makes for an effective bathroom storage solution.

7. Create an ensuite 'zone' in your bedroom

Ensuite bathroom ideas

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If your ensuite is going to be within the same room as your bed, then you can make a complete design statement by choosing a look that’s totally stand out. It’s a way to zone the bathroom space so it has its own identity and gives you the freedom to choose those pricey tiles you’ve yearned after for months - a smaller space means you don’t need as many, so that will keep the costs down! This ensuite is also a great example of how to create a modern look - keep the fixtures and fittings sleek and minimal – no clutter allowed folks!

8. Optimize storage with built-in units

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If maximizing storage is essential in your en-suite, it may be worth considering a built in or bespoke storage unit – we'd recommend opting for a sleek and minimalist style to prevent an en-suite from feeling boxy. No space? An under-the-sink storage unit can fulfill most storage needs in a small ensuite. 

9. Create a partition between your bedroom and en-suite with the addition of a stylish glass screen

small bathroom with freestanding bath and stylish screen

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A floor–to–ceiling glass screen can make for a stylish option if you're adding an en-suite and are concerned that doing so will compromise natural light within a space.  Plus, patterned floor tiles help create flow between the two spaces. 

10. Choose tiles that complement a space

En suite bathroom by Topps Tiles

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Take time to consider a tile scheme that complements your en-suite bathroom – particularly if it's an awkward shape. We are obsessed with scalloped tiles at the moment! We have loads of inspiration for tile patterns and design ideas over in our gallery too so go and take a look if you want to recreate a similar look.

11. Go colourful and eclectic with a fun wallpaper

Bathroom lighting ideas by Ikea lighting

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Enhance your en-suite visually with a colorful wallpaper. A particularly good option for loft en-suites, since the wallpaper with draw attention from the awkward shape of the room. You can go bold with your choice too, don't let the fact you are working with a small space let you be deterred, a wallpaper that has a lot going on can actually visually expand the room. 

Like everybody else, we love Cole & Son's Jungle wallpaper and for more bathroom wallpaper ideas you can look to our feature.

12. Embrace a monochrome colour scheme

En suite bathroom by Britton Bathrooms

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En-suites tend to be small spaces, and using color contrasts is a good way to make them seem larger. Check out more similar designs in our black bathroom ideas gallery. 

13.Choose a small (but statement) freestanding bath

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Didn't think your en-suite could fit an elegant freestanding tub? Think again. There are so many models out there that are made for small spaces. Just look at this gorgeous little bath from Albion Baths, the Tubby Too is only 147cm long!

For more cool freestanding baths have a read of our dedicated feature. 

14. Go for an all white colour scheme for a fresh look 

All white ensuite bathroom

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Is there anything more Instagrammable that an all white room with a couple of stylish house plants? We don't think so, and it's a really easy look to achieve, especially in a bathroom where most of the essentials are obviously white. 

Make the space slightly less clinical with greenery and choose hardware – things like handles, taps, showerheads – in gold, silver or even black to create a bit of contrast. You could also add color with a cute bath mat.

For the best indoor plants to buy check out our buying guide.

15. Create a traditional feel in an ensuite

Ensuite bathroom ideas

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Ensuites can be the epitome of glamour – they are not just for minimalists! You can invoke traditional style too – how about having a chandelier in yours? And parquet flooring? Tick! You can create a look like this even if your home is a new build - choose architectural elements like panelling and choose a classic bateau bath and period style wall mounted towel rail. As before, keeping your colour scheme similar in both rooms will keep it cohesive, especially if you want the rooms to link.

For loads of traditional bathroom ideas head over to our gallery. 

16. Add an ensuite into an alcove in a loft bedroom 

January 2020: Debbie Goodwin set about lovingly renovating the bungalow her dad built

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If you have a loft bedroom, it can be tricky working out how to fit in an en suite. This is such a fab idea though, use the eaves, the sections that might otherwise go unused. Just plan your bathroom around the proportions, for example a bath where the ceiling in lowest to create a cozy feel and a shower at the tallest part of the room.  If you want more en suite ideas, take a tour of this bungalow transformation what has been fitted into that small space is amazing.

For advice on loft conversion costs and planning check out our in-depth feature.