How To Design Your Perfect Bathroom | Helpful Tips

Bathrooms are often the most overlooked room of the house. As long as its functional, we often don’t worry much about the design and how it looks. In fact, good design can make your bathroom not only look good, but also work better as a more functional space. You can use design to make the bathroom work better, be a nicer place to spend time and solve practical needs like needing more storage. 

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Look For Inspiration

Before thinking about the practical things, start by looking around for some inspiration for the kind of bathroom you would like. Look at the bathrooms in the houses of friends and family, and see what you like about them. Flick through design magazines or catalogues of bathroom stores to get more ideas for what you could do with your own. Interior design blogs and Pinterest can be great places to get inspiration too. Gather your ideas and start making some notes on design elements you like. 

With these ideas, start thinking about what you might like to do in your own bathroom and where you want to prioritize your budget. If you like to take long, luxurious baths, then spending more of your budget on a large soaking tub would be a good investment, whereas if you don’t really enjoy a bath, you should put your budget towards something else. If you share your bathroom, some extras like larger vanity spaces or a double sink will be worth the investment to make bathroom traffic easier. 

Move Onto The Practical Requirements

Before you start work, work out a budget. You’ll need to know how much you can afford to invest into your project. Remember to include the price of everything, including furniture and labour costs. Add a buffer of 10%, as renovation projects inevitably end up costing a little more than you expect. 

To work out your layout, you’ll need to factor in where the current plumbing is. Plumbing, especially the soil pipe, can restrict your layout options. While you can move the plumbing, this is a very expensive and time-consuming option. A plumber, like Mr Rooter Plumbing, can help to work out what your options are for making the plumbing work for the layout you have in mind. 

When planning your layout, you’ll also need to think about how you will navigate around the space. Small bathrooms can be more of a design challenge, and you may need to let go of some of your dream design ideas like double sinks or large walk-in shower cubicles. You need to consider how you will move around the space to reach everything. 

You can use 3D design tools online, or potentially via the plumber doing the work, to help you get a clear idea of how the layout will function. 

Make The Most Of Cool Technology

Bathroom options for cool tech have got a lot better in recent years, and there are good options for entertainment and practical technology to make your bathroom better. Fit low-profile, low-energy LED lighting, which not only look stylish and reduce the amount of power you use, but also give you a brighter light for tasks like putting your makeup on in the morning. With some bulbs, you can change the colors, meaning you could change up the lights to create different moods for when you’re relaxing in the bath at the end of the day. 

Fit some wireless bluetooth speakers to get the options to listen to music in the bathroom without having to worry about finding a safe way to wire in other electronics like a stereo. Use your speakers to listen to the radio, podcasts or your favourite music while you’re in the bath or the shower.

If you or someone in the house uses an electric shaver, why not add a proper shaver socket for it? Like the ones in hotel bathrooms, these sockets make charging a shaver much easier, as you don’t have to remember to take it out of the bathroom to charge it up. 

Work With The Space You Have

Most bathrooms are not the largest rooms in the house, meaning that lots of us are working with pretty small spaces to fit our dream layout into. 

If you want to help your small bathroom feel larger, there are some clever tricks you can use to give the illusion of more space. Recessed basins and wall-hung sinks and toilets free up floor space, making the room seem bigger. These features stick out less far into the room, meaning you can move around them easier. Stick to slim pieces for a streamlined finish. 

If you’ve always dreamed of having a wet room but just don’t have the space for one, you can create the look of one with some design tricks. Choose a low-level tray for the shower and fit frameless panels to enclose it, creating a walk-in or walk-through shower. You get the feel of a wet room space, in a much smaller footprint. 

If your bathroom has some good features work with them to show them off. If you’re lucky enough to have a large window with a great view in the bathroom, position the bathtub so you can enjoy that beautiful view when you’re soaking in the bath. 

Add More Storage

Most bathrooms will need a range of storage options to keep everything organised, so incorporate storage in the early stages of your design. Put in some closed storage, like a closet or cupboard space under the sink. Closed storage can be used for items like extra toilet rolls, and personal medicines, and other items you’d rather store out of the way. Add some open storage, like a vanity top or shelves, to display items like soaps, products in nice packaging and plants. 

If your bathroom is narrow, build storage into the walls, fitting shelving or cabinets into the space between the studs. You’ll get more storage without making the walls feel like they’re coming in closer. 

Introduce Some Color

A bathroom can be a great place to bring in some color and get a little experimental. What sort of mood do you want to create for your bathroom? If you want a bathroom that will make you feel relaxed when you come home at the end of a long day, choose classic bathroom shades like soothing blues or greens. If you want a bathroom to help you feel a bit more awake in the morning, choose an energising color like yellow or orange. Bring in color with your wall paint or tiles, or with accents like towels or the shower curtain. 

You can create a really gorgeous looking space with some color matching. For a chic, minimalist bathroom, stick with whites and neutrals. Go for something with more color and mix a few tones of one color. If you want a bathroom in pink, use a mix of shades between coral and blush for a cohesive, grown-up take. 

If you want something unusual, choose a dramatic wallpaper. Cover one wall in this paper for a statement piece that won’t dominate the entire room. Pattern like this can actually help to add depth to a small bathroom. Bathrooms are often left as very plain spaces, so why not make yours stand out with a dramatic, yet stylish choice? 

Add Some Glamour

Lots of us enjoy the luxurious, glamorous feeling of the bathrooms in good hotels, but we don’t usually bring much of that feeling into our bathrooms at home. If you’re remodelling your bathroom, then why not try to bring in some of that hotel bathroom feel at home? As a starting point, treat yourself to some really high quality towels that are soft, fluffy and thick. They’ll feel good every time you use them, and add some luxury to your day. 

Put a few scented candles near the bath, so you can enjoy them when you’re in there. Even something simple like a bath caddy, to put a book, a candle and a glass of wine, will make your bath time feel a little bit more glamorous and relaxing. 

For real Hollywood glam, fit a large mirror above the vanity and line it with lights. The lights look good and will make you feel like a starlet, but the even light from all sides is really useful for skincare, shaving and putting on makeup. 

Take Some Spa Inspiration

For a really luxurious bathroom, borrow some touches from spa design. Instead of choosing an ordinary bath, choose a soaking tub or a tub with jets for something really special. If you have enough room, a large tub is much nicer to soak in than a small one, and looks very chic and stylish. 

If you’re not really one for baths, spend the money on upgrading your shower. To make your shower feel more like a luxury experience, add some water jets at different heights. These jets mean you get more water, keeping you much warmer while you’re in the shower and acting like a massage function. A waterfall or rain shower are popular for a reason. Choose a power shower to ease tight shoulders. A detachable shower head is useful for rinsing your body and hair, and the shower cubicle once you’re done. Fit the shower with glass panels for a sleek finish.

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