Designing a bathroom is not always about style and taste (click here for some great ideas). The first most important thing you need to plan out is the layout. It needs to be practical. Are you lucky enough to have a large bathroom to accommodate a bath, separate shower, toilet and a sink? Or do you need to combine the bath and shower into one to save on space?
Keep on reading as we talk more about this below.
Only once your layout is finalised and the sizes of your suite drawn up should you be thinking about design, colour, bathroom lighting fixtures and fittings and so on.
To help you avoid the common mistakes that some people make when they design their bathrooms, check out this guide to the do’s and don’ts of bathroom design. You will be glad that you did, after reading it!
Planning The Layout: Highly Important
You would not believe the amount of people that leave the general layout of items such as bathtubs, shower units, toilets, sinks, cabinets and radiators up to some so-called bathroom designers, only to discover to their horror after everything is fitted that everything has been installed in a really illogical way.
Don’t forget these guys are trying to sell you the most luxurious bath tubs with all the fancy gadgets you can imagine which means, they are not going to be small and certainly not going to be practical.
Whilst it is true that with small bathrooms (check out 33 bathroom ideas for small spaces) you can be limited in terms of object placement, you need to ensure that your bathroom design makes the best use of the space.
In some cases – and despite what real estate agents might tell you – having a shower cubicle only instead of a bathtub can be a great space saver and stop you feeling claustrophobic!
Don’t Use Cheap Suites
There is always the temptation to use cheap products, even if they ‘look’ expensive. The problem with doing this is for the majority of the time, cheaper products tend to be of inferior quality. That old cliche “buy cheap, buy twice” certainly rings true here.
Sometimes you might of course find an exception to this rule – for example, some retailers might be selling off premium brand items at discounted prices because they might be end-of-line stock.
Thought About Ventilation?
When you design your bathroom, one of the things that you should ensure is that there is a good ventilation system in place for extracting condensation out of your bathroom when you have a hot bath or shower.
Apart from opening the window or having the radiator on while you bathe, consider getting a decent extractor fan (or fans). Apart from the standard types that fit on the wall, you can also get ones that are installed in your ceiling and have a spotlight in the middle of them.
Do Your Colour Schemes Work?
Style and taste is a matter of opinion of course, but there are certain circumstances where most people would agree that certain colour schemes are just wrong and should never be used!
If you have no sense of style, or what your idea of a great bathroom decor was probably ‘stylish’ in 1973, then stick with white. For neutrality, white is a colour scheme that can be used anywhere, and everyone will agree that it is an acceptable colour scheme to use.
Hopefully these common mistakes people have made in the past will help you to come up with a contemporary and practical bathroom design of your dreams.