Building or renovating your existing bathroom can be a lot of fun to plan, but it can turn into a real headache in the long run if you get the initial layout wrong. The ideal bathroom needs to be functional, as well as a place to relax and unwind. So we’ve done some of the work for you and compiled our best tips on spatial planning to make the most of your new bathroom.
As bathrooms are commonly small areas, it is important to ensure that you will be able to comfortably move about and navigate it, without stubbing toes or crashing into your partner! No matter if you’re a do-it-yourself renovator, or you are designing a bathroom for your new home, we recommend taking advantage of 3D modelling tools that are available through most manufacturers these days. Professional designers can give you a fresh perspective and may even pick up on some red flags early on in the process, which may save you some sleepless nights.
When you picture your dream bathroom, a lot of things may come to mind, but a space that’s dark, cramped and mouldy probably isn’t one of them! So ensure yours gets enough light and is well-ventilated to avoid this. Use windows and skylights, and invest in an efficient ventilation system. As for lighting, do away with that single, fluorescent bulb, which can be harsh, and instead look at installing soft, warm lighting around the vanity.
Moving on to storage options – there’s nothing worse than seeing a vanity hidden under stacks of bathroom products just because all of your cupboards are already full. So look at increasing your storage, either by adding extra drawers or cupboards, or even installing wall cavities in the shower or around the vanity.
To maximise your feeling of space, we suggest talking to a professional about installing floating or recessed vanity cabinets, which can trick your eye into seeing more space.
As for styling, your tiling choices, colours, finishes and bathroom fixtures should be a combination of your lifestyle and functionality needs, as well as what is going to appeal to potential buyers if you were to sell your home. Our advice is to keep these things clean and simple overall so as to not polarise the market – remember you can always add bits of your personality to removable things like towels and bathroom trinkets.
We hope these tips will help you to make the right decisions when designing your bathroom.