Designing your new bathroom can be an exciting proposition. When you’re tired of the old one and desperate for a different look, it’s tempting to jump straight in and modify the design as quickly as possible.
However, bathroom remodeling needs a little careful planning. There are a few things to consider when designing your bathroom and these need to be taken into account. When you plan the design of your bathroom as a whole, at the same time, you’re able to create a harmonious balance between all the different features and fixtures.
Here are 10 things you need to stop and think about prior to spending any money.
1. The people in your household
How many people are in your household? Are there babies or children? What about elderly family members who might be infirm? Your bathroom design will depend on how frequently the room is used. You need to consider features like safety guard rails or baby changing surfaces.
2. Your lifestyle and décor tastes
Do you prefer a plain white minimalist style or a colorful bohemian ambiance? Are you into the latest gadgets and small home technology? Your bathroom needs to match with both your décor tastes and your lifestyle. You may love to take a scented bath every evening or, alternatively, you’re rarely in the bathroom except to use the toilet and take a fast shower.
3. Existing water systems
Power showers are wonderful but if you don’t have a compatible water system in your home, then it might be a non-starter without some remodeling. You might need to have a bathroom remodeling specialist or plumber check what type of fittings you can then choose.
4. Matching fixtures and fittings
Whether stainless steel or antique copper, or any other number of finishes, the type of faucets, handles, hooks, and chains you might incorporate need to match with the all the rest. Having the sink taps in one style and the bath taps in another, can cause an unevenness when it comes to the overall look of the bathroom.
5. Bathroom lighting
Lighting needs to be planned from the get-go. How light interplays with your bathroom interior is vital when it comes to achieving an attractive, comfortable, and functional environment. Light fixtures can be found on the ceiling, walls, above mirrors, and fitted into cabinets. You’ll also need to consider how focused the light is in different positions.
6. Storage options
A comfortable bathroom is one with plenty of storage. From towels and bath mats to toiletries, cleaning accessories, and scents, ample storage keeps all the essential things close to hand. Storage options include open and closed cabinets and shelving, which allow for a mix and match of visible and hidden. The style of furniture also needs to complement the nearby fixtures and fittings.
7. Wall design
Tiling is the main feature of most bathroom walls. The size, shape, style, and color of the tiles can have a big impact on the look and feel of the interior. Large tiles, for example, can help make a smaller bathroom appear larger than it really is. Different tiles and their finishes also suit busy bathrooms where wear and tear might eventually be an issue.
8. Floor design
Floors are as decorative as they are functional. They are every bit as important as the walls and careful consideration needs to go into their appearance and form. Your bathroom floor design will be dependent on the interior proportions as well as the décor scheme, intended fixtures, and homeowner access requirements.
9. Bathroom mirrors
Mirrors are rather magical when it comes to influencing an interior space. They can make a small area appear bigger and can also reflect extra light into what might otherwise be a rather dark room. Mirrors of course are an essential component of any bathroom. People need to see how they look when they prepare for their day ahead or when removing their makeup. The type of mirror(s) you add will depend on functional, decorative, and ambience considerations.
10. Decorative elements
Finally, there are the many decorative elements you can add to a bathroom. From floor mats and wall photos to colorful ornaments and candles, there are a multitude of ways to make your bathroom visually distinctive and reflective of your personality. Before you add decorative elements, consider basing additions around a particular theme or décor style. This will help you to focus when it comes to selecting items.
Bathroom design considerations
Designing your bathroom should also be an exciting and fun time. If you’ve decided to do it yourself, instead of hiring specialist bathroom designers and remodelers, then the above tips will act as a little roadmap when it comes to the planning stage.