Creating a beautiful bathroom requires the perfect balance of design and functionality. The average family is said to use their bathroom 26,000 times in 10 years and as a nation that takes pride in our homes, making sure each room is as beautiful and as unique as the next; why should our bathrooms be any exception?
Your bathroom is a personal area that requires thought, careful planning and research before committing to a purchase. Creating the perfect, beautiful yet practical bathroom can be a daunting task with many different factors that can dictate aesthetic preferences this can present a challenge because of our ever changing lifestyles. With this in mind, the key to creating a beautiful bathroom is choosing the right products to ensure it not only looks nice, but that is built to last for many years to come.
Colours and Pattern Schemes
Introducing or altering the colour of your bathroom can have a significant impact on transforming it. Subtle tones or matt finishes will enable you to recreate the spa retreat of your dreams whereas a bright and daring bathroom will lend itself to an awakening shower experience first thing in the morning. As one of the smaller rooms in our homes, the bathroom is the perfect space for decorative wallpaper, bright paint colour and for trying a different style of decor to the rest of your home. When choosing decor for your bathroom, remember to opt for colours or patterns that match your chosen modern or traditional theme and that compliments your chosen bathroom suite.
Choosing a Bathroom Suite to suit your lifestyle
Although it sounds cliché, it is possible to create a bathroom moulded to suit your lifestyle. When choosing a bathroom it is worth considering who will be using the bathroom and considering the design and layout based on elements that match and can enhance your lifestyle. For example, if you don’t take baths, forget the tub what about a wet room? A wet room has no moving parts and is, therefore, easier to keep clean. For more information check out our Definitive Guide to Wet Rooms
Or do your partner and you tend to use the bathroom at the same time? maybe to get ready for work in the morning if so, you might benefit from separate basins or a dual vanity unit. You could even consider twin showers. If you are opting for both a bath and shower, there are a few simple ways in which you can utilise your available bathroom space to make it look better. One of the unwritten rules of the bathroom is to putting the bathtub along a short wall, using corner areas for your shower, vanity unit or toilet.
Space Saving Fixtures and Fittings
There are many fixtures and fittings available that are compact in design and ideal for space saving. If your home isn’t blessed with the biggest of bathrooms and you are working with a small bathroom layout, placing all plumbed fixtures and fittings on the same wall can leave a lot of space for movement as it leaves the whole other wall free. Wall mounted vanity basin units consume less wall space and offer more floor space. Vanity units are available in wall mounted or freestanding designs with discreet basins or concealed storage built in – perfect for maximising the amount of space you have in your bathroom.
A back-to-wall or wall-mounted toilets featuring a concealed cistern are ideal for saving space and hiding away unsightly plumbing. Wall mounted cloakroom basins and semi pedestal basins are also ideal for space saving and as they offer more floor space. Bathroom mirrors are great for creating the illusion of a bigger space by reflecting light around the room and require hardly any space. How about a mirrored corner bathroom cabinet which opens up your room whilst providing valuable storage.
When it comes to brassware there are plenty of small mono basin taps in a variety of styles and finishes, available from leading manufacturers such as Roper Rhodes and Crosswater. These feature ceramic disc technology for quarter turn operation, made from durable chrome plated brass. From pairs of basin taps, to bath shower mixer taps there are plenty to choose from in both modern and traditional designs.
Illuminate your Bathroom
Intelligent use of ambient light in your bathroom helps to pinpoint focal points and detailing. The four types of light recommended for creating the best bathroom atmosphere are task, accent, decorative and sparkle. Task lighting is lighting used above mirror to create a shadowless illumination which provides the best scenario for the application of make-up, shaving and brushing our teeth, etc. Accent Lighting or directional light is ideal for providing a focus on areas you wish to highlight such as art and intricate detailing. Ambient lighting is ideal for filling bathrooms with tall ceilings with light that can be an arduous task.
When choosing flooring for your bathroom, there is a lot of choice available. However, many of the usual options such as solid wood, carpet and laminate just can't cope with the rigours of a damp bathroom atmosphere, as regular splashes of water can often raise causing the flooring to warp.
Stone flooring is available in a range of different styles to suit all budgets, is waterproof, durable and also stylish. Slate, limestone and granite can give a bathroom a luxurious finish; however, most are porous so will need sealing.
Ceramic and porcelain bathroom tiles are created from a mixture of clays that have been pressed into shaped and fired in a kiln at high temperatures, ideal for the area surrounding a bath. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in an extensive range of colours, patterns, shapes and sizes. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are hard-wearing, hygienic and are also suitable for use with under-floor heating. Vinyl flooring also referred to as Lino is without a doubt one of the most practical flooring types. Available in sheet or tile form Vinyl flooring is both hygienic, waterproof and is available in an extensive variety of sizes, colours and designs that provide good quality at an affordable price.
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