Choosing the perfect bath and suite combination is the first step on the road to a stylish and sophisticated bathroom.
Here at VictoriaPlum.com, we realise the process of choosing matching products can sometimes be trickier than you first thought. If you're working to a tight budget, or have more than one person making the decisions, you could end up with a mix of different products that'll leave your bathroom design far from what you envisaged.
Making sure your toilet and basin match is a good starting point. Choosing the right bath to go with them? Well, that can be devilishly more difficult. Luckily, help is at hand. We've come up with a few simple questions you need to ask yourself before choosing your products. We've then come up with a perfect pairing of bath and basin or toilet, so you know just what to look out for.
Contemporary or traditional?
The first big thing to decide, is whether you are choosing a contemporary or traditional bathroom suite. If you're not sure how to distinguish the two, find out more in our "contemporary v traditional bathrooms" blog post. Or, to find out which style suits you best, take our bathroom style quiz.
If you're choosing contemporary, there are arguably more options open to you when it comes to choosing a bath. Simple straight baths are usually contemporary in their design, with clean lines and minimal features. You'll also find freestanding baths that are designed to specifically match certain suites.
If you're going for traditional, there are plenty of baths you can choose from, including modern variations on traditional designs. Here, we've coupled a traditional toilet and slipper bath, both from the Winchester bathroom suite.
Round or square?
If you are buying a straight bath, the model you choose can be dictated by the shape of your suite. With curves, it's better to go for a more rounded style like the Richmond. With angular lines, or more rectangular shapes, something like the Kensington is better. In this instance, we have paired the Cayman D shaped bath with the Oakley close coupled toilet, as they both feature a rounded shape.
If you're the type of person who likes the option of both a shower and a bath, but don't have space for separate installations, a shower bath could be just the thing you're looking for.
A purpose-built shower bath has an enlarged end, giving you more space when you shower, but still allowing for a comfortable bath whenever you like. One tip is to match the overall shape of your suite to your shower bath. If your suite is more rounded, go for a P shaped shower bath, but if it is more square or angular in appearance, an L shaped shower bath could be a better option.
What is your colour scheme?
One thing you may not have considered when choosing your suite and bath is your colour scheme. Aside from the usual white, you could be a little more daring and choose a coloured bath. This can be complemented by adding coloured elements to your suite.
For example, sage is a popular bathroom colour, especially for more traditional designs. Here, we have combined the Camberley sage back to wall toilet unit and Winchester toilet with our Sage coloured bath to create a colourful yet classical bathroom.
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