Bathroom Design Ideas And Tips
Get bathroom design ideas, tips and advice for your next project. Bathrooms (being a wet area) are one of the most trickiest rooms in a home to get right. They require a lot of thought, planing, and product research, and once you think you’ve got that sorted, they require experienced contractors that will get the job done right the first time. Learn about how to maximize space, ventilation, flooring, lighting and more.
Small Bathroom Design Ideas How To Maximize Your Space
When you have a small bathroom keep the interior design scheme simplistic. Here are a few bathroom design ideas to help you achieve a more spacious look… Wall hang items such as your vanity, toilet and shelves off the ground. Use a large mirror to reflect light and make the space appear larger. Keep finishes bright and light in color. Use one finish per wall with no breaks, for example, tile a wall floor to ceiling and don’t tile it just half way.
If your budget won’t allow for all walls to be tiled then tile one wall floor to ceiling and paint or wallpaper the others with a product suitable for wet areas. Recess items such as your towel rail and areas for shampoos and shower accessories. Have your shower over your bath instead of separate to save space. Use large tiles which have less grout lines and therefore less visual clutter. Keep the grout a similar color to the tile.
Bathroom Design Ideas Lighting
Use bathroom safe light fixtures: Look for the IP rating, the higher the rating, the more water resistance.Have a combination of general & task lighting.
Task lighting is great for the vanity & mirror to aid in daily tasks like applying makeup and shaving. For the perfect secret haven, I recommend placing your general lighting on a dimmer so you can lay in the bath without a flannel over your eyes to block out the glare!
Consider ambient lighting
- Place a large free standing floor lamp behind your freestanding bath
- Back light your mirror
- Hang a group of feature pendants above your vanity
- Enhance feature walls with a delicate wash of light (perhaps the wall behind your bath if your bath is the hero of the space).
And if luxury is what you’re going for, how about a large central feature light? However avoid pendants that you’ll be for ever cleaning dust and insects out of.Natural light if your bathroom is dark install a skylight that also offers ventilation.Sensor activated led lighting can be placed underneath wall hung vanities or storage units and comes in handy offering a subtle/dimmed glow at night. Especially useful in more open planned ensuite where turning on the main bathroom lights will awaken your partner.
Bathroom Design Ideas Mirrors
Here are a few bathroom design ideas to help you select the right mirror for your bathroom. Mirror glass is very heavy so make sure there is enough strength in the wall. Get a professional look by customizing the size of your mirror specifically to your bathroom wall. For alignment consider lining it up with the height of your shower, windows, doors and the width of your vanity. Your mirror height should be at least 900 mm high to allow for an array of different height people.
Often cheaper mirrors have a greenish tint. Look for a mirror with less iron content to eradicate this and to achieve a higher quality mirror with a perfect reflection. Large mirrors reflect more light into the room and add a sense of space. Sheets can come in as large as 2440 x 3660 but they wont fit through the bathroom door!
For a bespoke mirror you could turn an old picture frame or window frame into a mirror by taking it to your local glazier.Top Tip to define the right size of your mirror, lay out some cardboard, sheets of paper or newspaper on your wall to get a visual of what scale will look right. You can have wholes cut into the mirror if you require an opening for things like tap ware or power points. Select a mirror without copper or lead for a more environmentally friendly choice. Look into getting an electric demist pad installed to prevent your mirror fogging up. Consider a magnifying mirror which are handy for applying makeup and shaving.
Should I go for mains or low pressure hot water? If you are renovating and your current hot water system is low pressure, then it is worthwhile investigating the cost to upgrade to a mains pressure system to see if it is worth while for your set up. But Im not going to tell you which one to go with as both Mains and Low Pressure Systems have their pros and cons.