A brand new bathroom can change your life,you may have a house full of mirror hogging teenagers or perhaps you’redreaming of a brand new storage system? Whatever your plans, do your homeworkand do it thoroughly, it will pay off in the long run, without the need forcostly bathroom designers.
Tip 1—Choose your layout
Firstly, look at your current layout,consider your needs and make a wish list. Remember, sometimes just changing thefixtures and fittings can be as effective as a whole new refit. If you do wanta complete change, decide what you’d like in the space, including storage andmeasure up carefully, noting fixed items.
Bathrooms are increasingly luxurious, soyou might consider a freestanding bath, if you have space for a separateshower, a corner is an ideal spot for it. For small rooms, wall mounted basinsand toilets allow you to see more open floor, which makes the room feel muchmore spacious.
Tip 2—Decide on the look and details
Take some time to explore different ideasand see what’s out there, so you can find a look that suits you and your home.
Think about tiling and lighting and whatyou’re going to put on the floor. Would tiles, wood or vinyl be the bestoption? Consider safety too such as anti-slip flooring, especially if you haveyoung children.
Remember, there are specific regulationsfor bathrooms, so consult an electrician if you have any plans for lighting orextractor fans.
Tip 3—Styling and storage
Beautiful buys will help turn a hardworkingfamily bathroom into a more welcoming space. For families, soft neutral colourswork well, greys and smoky blues are relaxing and work well with whitesanitaryware and wood finishes. Wood is a good material in a bathroom as ifsoftens the look and adds warmth. Keep it to accessories though, which can takea splash or two of water.
Storage is key to a bathroom which is usedby lots of people. Stack your loo rolls in a neat container, pop yourtoiletries in a caddy.
You’ve got your perfect bathroom, now allyou need to do is fill your bath with bubbles, lock the door and relax.