Modern bathroom renovations occur in an amazing array of weird and wonderful designs nowadays. So much so, in fact, that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a free-for-all in terms of how to go about remodeling, or creating your perfect bathroom space from scratch. However, there are some key design tips that should be adhered to, regardless of what sort of bathroom style scheme you are looking to implement.
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Simple Storage Solutions
Especially in a new bathroom, you’re likely to be tempted to populate the area with a variety of colorful shower gels, bubble bath bottles, shampoos, bath bombs and more. But you need to bear in mind what impact the presence of all these items could have on your newly decorated space.
Particularly so if you are hoping to usher in a calm and ambient atmosphere. Instead of fretting over the clutter, why not embrace it with the addition of simple but stylish storage solutions?
The best means for doing so is to consider what you want to conceal and work out your design features around that. The likes of bathroom vanities will be ideal to hold some items, whilst shower caddies could be just as suitable for smaller bathroom accessories and products.
Cupboards and mirrored cabinets are other options. Special consideration is required regarding all storage solutions’ influence on the remainder of the space, but especially the latter components due to the incorporated doors and their outward span.
Quite a broad bathroom design tip, you might think. But more specifically, we’re championing the boycott of 45º angles. You can achieve a much neater space by sticking with straight, clean design lines.
That rules out several bathroom fixtures and fittings, so it only makes life easier by narrowing the choice. Corner baths and toilets are a no-go, as are corner sinks. And resist any temptation to introduce diamond-patterned tiling to your bathroom floor or walls as well. You’d only regret it in the long run.
Don’t get Dizzy with the Details
You could opt for the most luxurious, fanciful bathroom furniture and fittings around. But even so, without paying close attention to the details, your bathroom interior can still appear a touch muddled.
Will your bathroom cabinets be positioned an appropriate distance away from your shower enclosure? You don’t want bathroom vanity doors clattering against your glass panels when they’re opened. Of course, it might look good, but the practicality aspect would make it impossible to consider for real.
Will you be cramped sitting on the toilet, scrunching up to avoid contact with the bathroom sink or other fixtures? Consider all these elements before committing to the installation of your bathroom essentials. You don’t want the details to make you dizzy! And that leads into our next point…
Let it Breathe
It’s natural to want to maximize space and get as much as you possibly can out of your bathroom. But don’t try and fit too much into the area. It might simply not be possible to fit a bathtub, double vanity unit, toilet, bidet and shower enclosure into one room.
There’s an easy way around many space-saving conundrums. The best example is probably the bathtub, which can be combined with a shower system if necessary. Keep in mind that the user requires adequate room to stand, turn around and dry off. Whilst the bathroom aesthetics need to be maintained in turn.
Get your priorities right
It’s already been alluded to earlier in this article, but you really can’t compromise functionality for aesthetics. It is very possible to achieve a stylish blend of both, of course, and that should be the goal. Each included fitting should be easily accessible as a priority, clearly visible and simple to use without impacting on other fixtures.
Consider the height of the various users of the bathroom when deciding the level at which to fit sinks, showers and cupboards. Even designer radiators or towel warmers. And use common sense if your bathroom has a slanted ceiling. Position the taller components underneath the highest point of the ceiling.
Fixtures like toilets, sinks and bathtubs will obviously be better served beneath the lower part of the ceiling if there is a differential. But make sure you can comfortably use components such as bathroom faucets without having to crouch to avoid contact with the ceiling.
Embrace Natural Light
In the grand scheme of house renovation and re-design, the bathroom is very likely to be an afterthought in comparison with bedrooms. But there’s lots to be said for the space that you’ll spend time in every single day, preparing for work or enjoying a relaxing soak in the tub after a long day there.
And whilst the rooms most susceptible to natural light are likely more ‘popular’ spaces such as bedrooms, natural light should be infiltrated into the bathroom if possible. Naturally, the most concentrated natural light streams will bound in from above, so roof glazing can prove an excellent solution to see the bathroom flooded with daylight. Furthermore, it frees up extra wall space for required bathroom furniture and fittings.
But if the layout of your bathroom allows for it, and your outdoor surroundings accentuate the aura, a wall-situated window could offer a lovely view.
Add Luxurious Lighting Effects
The virtues of natural lighting have already been extolled. But several bathroom areas just don’t feature windows. And in any case, the bathroom is a space we tend to use at night, when outdoor darkness is far more prevalent than light. Therefore, artificial lighting is an essential addition.
Task and ambient lighting should be combined for the best bathroom effect. Lighting should be strategically positioned to shine where it is needed most. For instance, you could do with an illuminating spark when applying make-up in the mirror, or having a shave.
Minimalist downlights are a good option, or you could even achieve a similar effect to the example with an illuminated mirror if you’d prefer. Several other bathroom lighting possibilities exist of course, including concealed designs for a low-key ambience.
Open Plan Possibilities
If the layout of the space can accommodate it, then adopting an open-plan approach between a bedroom and en-suite can prove an attractive proposition. In a general sense, this sort of design is advantageous in providing a greater sense of space, and potentially the opportunity to infiltrate natural light from a bedroom window.
You could really get the best of both worlds by including a sliding door for separation between the two rooms.
Use Planes for Sky High Design Quality
A key tip in achieving beautiful bathroom design is to work in planes. Essentially, this entails viewing the room as a collection of vertical and horizontal planes. From the ceiling to the floor, including all tiles, glass panels, shower screens and shelving, apply this logic to create a ‘complete’ feel to your bathroom.
It is especially important to follow the planes design theory in smaller bathrooms meanwhile, to maintain a neat appearance that isn’t too busy. Subtle rectangular tiles and wall panels are a good choice for creating a uniform look. You could even opt for a modern shower panel of the same shape to accentuate the aesthetic.
Make a Color Statement
A lot of bathrooms will follow a simple color scheme – making use of neutral hues such as cream, white or grey. That’s fine and works well in most bathroom areas. But if you really want the space to pop, you can introduce a standout contrast color, adding a unique edge.
You might just want to add a splash of bright color to a sole wall, but it is a good idea to match up the shade with that of a key fixture or fitting. For instance, a freestanding bathtub, or feature component of similar stature, is an ideal option to team with a colored wall or ceiling.
Pastel hues always look good, and manage to deliver a classic touch to even the most contemporary of bathroom spaces. Shades like light yellows and pinks can really prove an eye-catching feature dotted around the room in various vices.
Beautiful Bathroom Design
That’s it! By following our 10 key bathroom design tips, you can’t go far wrong in achieving a beautiful bathroom design that will stand the test of time. You’ll also enhance the overall value of your property in the process.
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