If you are lucky enough to be planning a bathroom renovation, you might be discovering there is more to think about than first meets the eye. Modern bathroom design is all about creating a space that is both functional, and a soothing sanctuary for those extra pampering sessions. Here are some ideas to help you plan for your space and your budget.
Who is going to be using the bathroom?
One of the most important aspects to get right is to design a bathroom that will suit all of the household. If it will be used by multiple generations, would a wet room or walk in shower be the best option? This ensures that it is accessible to everyone including older or less mobile guests, and future proofs the design, should you or your family’s needs change.
Often, the bathroom is the smallest room in the house, and a choice will have to be made between a bath and a shower. Most of the time, a shower will be the preferred option, as they are quicker and more water and energy efficient than a bath. A common solution where there is limited space is to have the shower over the bath.
If you are fortunate enough to have a larger space to play with, you will probably want to add a touch of luxury with a free-standing bath, and a separate shower cubicle. A family bathroom will benefit from a twin basin unit, to avoid tooth brushing queues on busy school day mornings.
If you have the budget for high quality tiles for the floor and walls, this can really lend an air of luxury to a bathroom. Until recently, bathroom design trends were all about sleek minimalism and white or neutral colour palettes, but fashions are changing.
There are still some classic looks which will never go out of style of course, and may be a safer bet if you think you may sell the house in five years’ time or so. For example, marble with grey or blue veins always looks sleek and beautiful for wall and floor tiles. For a more contemporary look, you could opt for a smoky grey or black shade.
Porcelain tiles are a good compromise if marble is out of your price range. They are hardwearing and easy to take care of, and are now available in a wider range of colours and patterns than ever. Bright bold blues, soothing greens, and warm terracotta, are all popular bathroom colours right now.
Fixtures and fittings
Even the plainest bathroom can be transformed by updating the fixtures and fittings. If you have gone for a strong colour on the walls, such as black, blue, or green, set it off with some metallic fixtures in brass or gold. Alternatively, black taps and other finishing touches can really add a pop of interest to a plain light-coloured bathroom.
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