Bathrooms have come a long way so designing ensuites and bathrooms are far from the utilitarian places of yesteryear whereby a quick wash and brush of the teeth was all that was warranted. The modern bathroom is certainly where we wash off and brush away the grime of the day. However many have morphed in to places of relaxation with a ‘day spa’ vibe.
There’s plenty to think about if you considering a bathroom extension or renovation.
– Who will use the space?
– At what times of the day will the bathroom be used the most?
– Will you capture an evening sunset or the morning sun?
– Is the bathroom an ensuite?
– Will you want to relax in a full-size bath?
– Is the bathroom for adults or children?
– What type of storage will you need?
A plumber once advised me that the most important requirement in designing ensuites and bathrooms was… water pressure! Moreover, I tend to think he is right. You may compromise on colours and expense, but you will definitely regret not having great water pressure.
When it comes to design, materials, fixtures and budget, how long is a piece of string? These are decisions personal to you when designing ensuites and bathrooms so here are some general tips to consider.
Have a focal point. It could be a luxurious free-standing bath on a raised platform, unique printed splashback, an awe-inspiring chandelier or dynamic floor covering. Even an art work – but ensure the work is in oil stretched on canvas, not something under glass as it will encourage mould.
Match tap ware and hardware. I love the new matte black tap ware that’s currently available, but having it only on the vanity and nowhere else reduces the impact. Whether it’s matte, stainless, chrome, black, coloured or metallic keep the finish uniform on taps, showerhead, towel rails and other hardware.
Play with colour & space. Dark colours visually recede creating coziness whilst light colours will give a small space the feeling of openness. An accent colour on the ceiling will draw the eye upward as will vertically striped wallpaper or boarded bead paneling on the walls.
Use durable materials. Opt for anything waterproof and mould-resistant including mildew blocking primer and paint, resilient sheet flooring and seamless surfaces.
Add flattering light. Install wall scones and pendants on either side of mirrors as lights above the mirror cast an unflattering light.
Soften hard edges. Hang roman blinds or lay down a rough textured rug to off-set hard surfaces.
Add interest to tiles. Include a row of glass or metallic tiles among plain tiles to add interest, if not glamour.
If you need more inspiration, check out the dynamic Bathroom pages here on Don’t Call Me Penny including the modern bathroom masterpiece, the new ME by Starck dream bathroom range, the Gaudi-inspired underwater bathroom, a clean black + white bathroom, and bathroom design tips from an expert.