Your bathroom is a very important room in the house and you want it to be a place you can retreat to after a long day. So you don’t want to add stress to your life by not planning efficiently when you remodel or update your bathroom.
We’ve put together some of the things that you should bear in mind when you renovate your bathroom, so you end up with a stylish bathroom fit for a showroom but will serve you well for years.
1. Don’t sacrifice function over style
Yes, a beautiful, pristine bathroom looks great in photos, but what about when you actually need to take a bath or shower? Think about your needs when you’re making your plans. Do you have a large family that will be in and out of the room? How do you plan to use it for the majority of the time? What are the most important features?
As long as you think about your needs when you come to renovate your bathroom, you’ll be happy with the space and it will suit everyone in your home.
2. Take your time with tiles
Your tiles are the feature of your bathroom, so don’t hurry when you’re choosing a design. Consider how big the space is. Larger tiles will create the illusion that the room is bigger, so this could be a great option if you don’t have much room.
Don’t think you have to go for the classic white tile, either – this neutral, earthy bathroom looks fabulous and adds lots of light as well as making it seem bigger.
3. Don’t underestimate your storage space
The worst thing that could happen is that you redesign your bathroom and realise that you’ve not factored in for all the beauty and cleaning products you have. Storage space is a must, whether it be over the bath, under the sink or in freestanding cabinets.
Find closed storage solutions for ugly cleaning products but mix it up with open storage so you can show off your pretty toiletries and plush towels.
4. Find your floor
The floor could be one of the most important things in the bathroom. You want it to be easy to clean but you also want it to be warm underfoot. If you’ve got the funds, consider underfloor heating.
Another trend in floors at the moment is bold statement prints – but choose wisely, as you never know what’s going to go in and out of fashion.
5. Don’t forget your mirrors
Mirrors are essential. A large mirror can add the illusion of space, and mirrors across a wall look stunning as well as help you see every angle.
6. See the light
Lighting is vital in the bathroom. Target lighting over areas you’ll need it most, such as mirrors, and create soft light near the bath to make it relaxing. If your budget doesn’t stretch to high-tech lighting, candles create a beautiful ambience.
7. Add a touch of ‘you’
We know we said not to sacrifice function over style, but don’t make your bathroom bland. Add your own stamp on the room by following on from the style that the rest of your home has, or inject some colour.
A simple and cost-friendly way to add your own personality to the room is to choose towels or your shower curtain in your favourite colour.
8. Think about fittings
That waterfall powershower might sound divine, but there’s no use having it if it’s not compatible with your water system. Make sure you seek your bathroom specialist’s advice when choosing components for your bathroom.
If you’ve got a combi boiler, you might find some types of fittings aren’t suitable, so speak to a plumber.
Accessories make a bathroom. Think of every detail, from soap dishes to towel rails. It’s a great way to add your own style to your room as well, as if you’ve got a white or neutral bathroom you could inject some colour with the accessories.
10. Make sure everything matches
The secret to a designer bathroom is making sure everything complements each other. Finish your bathroom with beautiful fixtures and fittings that match the overall look and stand back and admire your gorgeous new relaxing retreat.