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Consider the look and feel

The most important consideration is the overall feel and look of your bathroom. It’s essential that it complements the rest of your home, so think about your personal style – what you find beautiful – and ensure you include this in your bathroom design. When thinking about the feel, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How do you want to feel whilst you’re using this space?
  • What colours uplift you? If you want to feel expanded and open, use a lighter colour palette. If the room is large and you’d like to feel cosier, keep it warm and neutral, then accentuate with a deeper colour palette.
  • What style do you like…. modern, classic, retro, country cottage? This is very important when choosing your fixtures and fittings.
  • Remember that you can change the feel of your bathroom by changing accessories and linen to give you a fresh look when you want it.

Browse through magazines and cut out different looks and features you like. Create a collage that reflects the feeling of your space.

Start with the basics

Choose your wall and floor tiles first. This sets the theme, or essence of the design, making the rest of the choices follow in a natural progression. We suggest you think about:

  • The colour of your tiles in relation to the feeling you want to create
  • Do you prefer porcelain or ceramic tiles? Or perhaps stone flooring?
  • The size of the tiles you choose will affect the overall feeling of space. Larger tiles will give you more space and smaller ones will make it cosier.
  • What kind of feature would you like to create? There are so many options here. We’ll be happy to help you with suggestions, if a feature is one of your preferences.

Functionality

After you’re clear about the feeling of your new space, it’s equally important to consider how you’ll use the bathroom on a daily basis. Functionality and beauty need to combine effortlessly to gain the optimum result. Think about what things you use, and what you need to hang on the walls. Think about these questions:

  • Cabinetry: how many drawers, cupboards and shelves do you need?
  • What kind of finish do you like for the cabinetry: 2pak, laminate, wood, stainless steel?
  • Type of mirror: decorative or more functional? A flat to wall mirror can look very clean and elegant, but if you need extra storage, consider a semi-recessed mirrored cabinet. This gives you style and space.
  • Style of basin: do you prefer countertop, recessed, underslung?
  • Shape, style and colour tone of tapware. Remember to keep tapware appropriate to the design you have chosen for the room. A modern feeling will have squarer, sleeker lines, whereas a country style will need a more rounded, decorative tapware. Do you want to use mixers or taps?
  • What sort of shower screen best suits your usage, and style: framed, semi-framed or frameless? There are merits for each of these, depending on the feeling you want to create, and the size of your space.
  • What size, shape and style of bath will work: acrylic or pressed metal? What depth do you need? Think about the position of the tapware or mixer.
  • How many towels do you need to hang? Do you need single or double towel rails? We often use double rails, to give extra airing space to the towels. And heated towel rails are very useful for areas that require help with drying.
  • What other items do you need to hang? Robes, hand towels, shower caps?
  • Toilet suites: there are many styles; back to wall is flush with the wall, therefore no spaces left for dust to collect. This is the best option for easy cleaning. Close coupled is more elegant than a standard suite.
  • What do you need to store in the shower recess? Think about shelving: how many shelves are needed and where? What kind of shelves do you like: glass, ceramic, stainless steel? We recommend recessed shelving for its style and convenience.
  • Accessories: shelves, hooks, soap holders, toilet brush holders. Think about these in the planning stage so the structural work can be completed during “rough-in” time. If you add these later, they often have no firm fixing point and can become unstable.

Once you have an idea of what you’d like to create, we then help you refine your choices to align with the construction practicalities, and your overall vision. Browse through our Gallery for more inspiration and contact us when you’re ready to talk about how we can help you make your renovation dream a reality.

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