Whether you want a sanctuary or a wow factor space, these essential bathroom design ideas will set you on the right track.
HOW TO START
Draw up a wish list of all the things you want from your space. Use online resources to see what’s new and what you can afford. But there’s no substitute for visiting a showroom, where you can see and touch the ceramics, furniture and worktops, and see lighting, taps and showers being used.
GETTING THE PLAN RIGHT
- Once you know what you want, make a rough pencil sketch of the room and where you’d like to place things. Don’t forget you need space to move around the room – allow 100cm in front of a bath and 70cm in front of the loo.
- A key factor that always affects the bathroom design is the position of the plumbing, especially the soil pipe, which needs a short, straight run. In an existing scheme this may limit the layout options unless you want to spend a lot of money moving it. Even if you’re converting another room into a bathroom, there could be constraints on where the soil and water pipes can go. In both cases, it’s always best to take your sketch to a designer early on for advice, before you set your heart on a particular look.
- Once you’ve measured up, use an online planning tool to check if your bathroom design will work. For instance, Ideal Standard’s 3D bathroom planner will create a virtual view of the room.
- When setting your budget, include tiles, flooring, lighting and furniture, and add around 10 per cent for contingencies.
- Invest in new technology. With low-energy LED lighting and wireless Bluetooth speakers streaming music, the bathroom has become a place to linger at the end of a long day.
SLEEK SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL SPACES
- For a spacious look, select semi-recessed basins and wall-hung loos – look out for ‘short- projection’ fittings that don’t intrude so far into the room.
- Using a run of slim-depth fitted furniture paired with a semi-countertop basin can give a small room a very streamlined look and is incredibly space-efficient.
- If you fancy a wet room but don’t have the space, a good alternative is a low-level tray surrounded by a frameless enclosure or panel, creating a walk-through or walk-in shower for a barely there look.