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Kay Ward: Luxury Bathrooms

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:55 20 February 2013

Kay Ward: Luxury Bathrooms

Kay Ward: Luxury Bathrooms

Follow Kay Ward's simple style advice to put the luxury back in your bathroom

In the hustle and bustle of modern day life it appears taking a bath is becoming a thing of the past; elegant bathrooms have been replaced with the en-suite. It does not seem to matter how small the space, the builders will manipulate and contort in order to incorporate the required shower cubicle, WC and tiny hand basin. In the eyes of the home owner, the Master Bedroom without an en-suite is frowned upon.

A recent study revealed that one in six British adults could not remember the last time they enjoyed a good soak. And for those of us who do still jump in the tub, apparently we now only spend an average of 15 minutes lathering up. With the onslaught of the en-suite, the main bathroom in the house tends to have become the childrens bathroom complete with rubber ducks, non-slip mats and Bob the Builder shampoo! Has everyone forgotten the romance of the Cadburys Flake advert?

Nothing speaks of luxury and relaxation more than whiling away an hour or two immersed up to the neck in soft scented bubbles. So come on ladies of Derbyshire, let us reclaim our room of tranquillity

In an ideal world we would all have the space for an oversized roll top bath, surrounded by free-standing candles, and floaty floor length voile curtains gently blowing in the breeze. But in reality, there are a few small changes we can make to recreate that fabulous bathroom:

Start by freshening up your walls, calming neutral shades of tonal whites or creams are perfect. Look out for specialist paints formulated with extra sheen especially for kitchens and bathrooms.

Invest in a large mirror, this will help maximise space and light, and also provides excellent reflection for candles and tea-lights. If you have the wall space, two mirrors placed facing each other are an incredible way of making your room look as if it goes on for ever.

Replace that worn carpet with a versatile Karndean or Amtico floor, both companies offer a fabulous range of specialist products for bathrooms designed to withstand water spillages.

Dress the room with thick luxurious towels in soft beiges and taupe colours, and group stylish bottles of your favourite bathing products.

Finally, fill the bath with bubbles, light the candles, switch off the phone and go on, for sheer indulgence treat yourself to a Flake!

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