The perfect bathroom design can make a big difference to your home. Not only does the right design look good, but it makes your bathroom work as a functional, relaxing space, making your bathroom routine much easier in the morning. Finding the perfect design that is the right balance between practical and beautiful can be a challenge. Follow these tips to create your perfect bathroom.
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Start With A Wishlist
Before worrying about budget, start thinking about the sort of bathroom you want to have. Think about bathrooms you’ve seen at the homes of friends or family, or in hotels, and remember the design elements you liked. Look at bathrooms in design magazines, or on Pinterest and design blogs to get some ideas. Look at catalogues from bathroom suppliers too, to start gathering ideas about fixtures and fittings.
Think about some must-haves that you know for sure you want in your new bathroom. If you love taking long baths, put a great bath on your must-have list. If you’re more of a shower person, then it’s worth investing more in a great shower. If you share the bathroom, finding room for a double sink could be worthwhile. How much storage will you need in the bathroom? What style of bathroom do you like?
With your wishlist in mind, draw up some sketches of where everything could go in the room.
Move Onto The Practical Things
Next, work out your budget and figure out if you can afford everything on your list. Include tiles, fittings, flooring, lighting, decor, the labour costs and furniture. Add 10% to allow for contingencies. You’ll also need to consider some practicalities like the plumbing to confirm the design.
The positioning of the current plumbing, especially the soil pipe, can really affect how much you can change up your layout. Speak to a plumber, like Mr Rooter Plumbing, to help you work where your plumbing could potentially be moved to to make your dream layout easier.
Think about how navigating around the room will work too. Small bathrooms can be a challenge to design, and you might need to compromise a bit to stop it from feeling cramped. There’s no point trying to squeeze a claw-foot tub into a small bathroom if it means you’ll have to climb round it every time you want to use the sink.
3D design tools, either via an architect, your plumber or online tools can help you to visualise how your design will look and function.
Make The Most Of Technology
Technology can make your bathroom feel a bit more modern and luxurious. Use low-energy LED lighting to reduce your electricity bills a little bit but still make your bathroom bright, making it the ideal place for skincare and putting on makeup. If you’re feeling fancy, you could add some lights that allow you to change their color. You can switch these on and change these colors to create a relaxed mood for when you’re in the bath.
Wireless bluetooth speakers give you music in the bathroom without having to wire up too many electronics near the water. You can use these speakers to listen to music, a podcast or the radio while you’re in the shower or relaxing in the bath.
You could add a plug socket for an electric shaver into your vanity area. These sockets are common in hotel bathrooms and can make keeping a shaver charged much easier, as it never has to leave the bathroom to be charged up after use.
Work With The Space
In most homes, the bathroom is not a very big room, which means you usually have to get creative to make the most of the space.
If you want the room to feel more spacious, look at space-saving tricks like a semi-recessed basin, or a wall-hung toilet. This protrude into the room less, giving you more floor space to move around in. Slim fitted furniture with a countertop-basin can create a streamlined, but still space-efficient design. If you want a wet room, but don’t have room, you can fit a low-level tray with a frameless enclosure, creating a walk-in shower, with a wet room feel for less space.
If you have great features in the bathroom, find a way to show them off. For example, if you have a great view from the bathroom window, install the bath so you can see the view while you’re relaxing in a hot bath.
Bathrooms generally need a range of storage, so consider this as part of your design. You’ll want some closed storage, like cupboards or a vanity, to store things like spare toilet rolls, medicines and personal toiletries that you would rather not have on display. Some open storage can look nice for pretty bottles, soaps or bathroom friendly plants. Think about where you will hang your towels, and include somewhere to hang a robe while you’re in the shower.
If you don’t have much space, you can build recessed storage, like cabinets or shelves, between the studs in the walls. This gives you plenty of storage space, without adding anything else that makes the walls feel closer in.
There’s no reason you can’t get brave with color in a bathroom. Think about the mood you want to create. Soothing colors like blues and greens are classic bathroom shades and work well if you’re trying to create a relaxing space. If you want to create a space that makes you feel cheerful when you’re getting ready in the morning, try a happy shade of yellow. You can add color in interesting ways with colors or patterns in your tiles, shower curtains or decor accents like your towels and other decorative items.
Color matching is still a big decor trend, so you can match the tone of your paint to some of your bathroom furniture. Use white or other neutral tones for sophisticated, minimal feel. For a deeper look, use deeper or more vibrant colors from one spectrum. For example, if you’ve chosen pink mix in corals and softer shades of blush for an interesting more complete design, instead of just one shade of a color.
If you’re feeling brave, go bold with a dramatic wallpaper. One wall in a dramatic pattern can add some drama without overpowering the whole space, and can add some depth to a small bathroom. Bathroom design is often left very simple, so choosing something with some drama will make yours stand out and look instantly more stylish.
Add Some Glamour
If you love the luxury feeling of bathrooms in hotels, then why not bring some of the feeling into your bathroom at home? Invest some of your budget into really good quality towels, to add some instant luxury. Thick, soft, fluffy towels will feel like a real treat to use every time you take a bath or a shower.
Add some scented candles around the bathroom to light when you’re relaxing in the bath. A tray that fits over the bath that you can use to balance a book, some luxury bath supplies and a glass of wine is a great addition to make you feel like you’ve got an extra relaxing bath time.
For some Hollywood glamour, add some lights around your mirror. The lights not only look great, but give you some great, even light for tasks like putting on makeup or plucking your eyebrows!
Take Some Spa Inspiration
For the ultimate luxury bathroom, take some ideas from the spa. Instead of fitting a basic bath, treat yourself to a soaking tub or a bath with whirlpool jets, for an elevated bath experience. If you have the space, a large tub is always more enjoyable to use, especially if it allows to have the water really deep for a good soak. A statement tub also looks very chic as part of your overall design.
Your shower can take inspiration from the spa too. For a more luxe shower experience, add jets at different heights, so you’re getting lots of water wash over you, to keep you warm and extra clean in the shower. Waterfall or rainfall shower heads are also very popular and make for a lovely shower time. Power showers are very effective and feel great against sore, tight muscles. A shower head that can be detached and used as a handheld showerhead is also useful, as it can be used to rinse your hair, body or the shower stall itself much more easily. Line the shower with some stunning tiles, and show it off with frameless, glass panels around it.
Designing your bathroom from scratch is a great excuse to add some real luxury to your day, and create a space that is relaxing to be in, whether you’re getting ready for work or winding down after a long day. With proper storage and lighting decisions, your bathroom will work hard for you, making getting ready even easier. Your bathroom can go from the most overlooked room in the house to your favourite place to be.
**This is a contributed post. While Amber did not write this, she approves this message