Your bathroom needs to be functional and practical, but good design can also turn it into a haven where you can relax and unwind and it can also add a great value and appeal to your property. Read on for the best tips on how to strike the right balance and find out how to get the best for your money.
When you move into a new property or undertaking a property improvement project, the bathroom is often the first to get an overhaul. Before splashing out, think carefully about what needs to be changed to avoid any costly mistakes.
Below are the tips you need to consider to get the best bathroom;
- Determine the best layout – many bathroom suppliers produce templates for standard sized baths, basic etc so that you can experiment with layouts to find the best that meets all your requirements. Draw out a scaled down version of your bathroom’s floor plan, marking in the windows and doors and then use the templates to determine the best positions for the fittings. Remember if you change the position of the plumbing or pipes, this can add considerable to the cost of your new bathroom.
- Choice your bathroom fittings – when choosing bathroom fittings, you have to consider what you enjoy doing in a bathroom for example do you enjoy wallowing in a long hot bath? Or is an exhilarating, power shower more of your thing? Your choice will either be to sacrifice a bath for a shower or have both separately or incorporated together. Whichever bathroom fittings you choose, think space, practical and long-term; a classic, white suite will never go out of fashion.
- Get rid of the clutter – as most likely the smallest room in the house, its easy for your bathroom to become cluttered. Solve the problem by making sure there’s sufficient storage in which to keep toiletries, towels and other items. Installing a vanity unit under a basin is the best use of this often underutilised space, while fitted furniture throughout creates a sleek, streamlined look.
- Get the fixtures right – wall tiles can really help to add colour and style to your bathroom, but floor to ceiling tiles may appear cold. Try tiling halfway up the wall, behind a basin or behind a shower instead. With flooring you need to be practical and go for a slip-resistant option. There are various floors to chose from including vinyl, rubber and stone flooring/tiles. For lighting, there are various low energy lighting options and designs to choose from. Try using spotlights over mirror or recessed area.
- Accessorise – complete your new bathroom with accessories such as fluffy towels, stylish taps, handles, nobs, mirror etc. And where possible and affordable add designer radiator, picture frame or paintings for a stunning focal feature.
If you can’t afford a whole new bathroom, its easy to get a whole new look by simply replacing taps, add a fresh coat of paint or new colour, installing a towel radiator or changing the wall or floor tiles.
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