Monday, 8 July 2013

Top Tips For Efficient Bathroom Planning

Top Tips For Efficient Bathroom Planning

When it comes to planning and designing for your home, the bathroom is arguably one of the more important rooms to make sure you get absolutely right. You will spend an awful lot of time in it and when guests come to stay, you can almost guarantee that they will see it! Therefore, you want to make sure it meets all of your practical as well as aesthetic criteria.

Think about the space

Before you choose the bath (if necessary), shower, toilet and sink, make sure you know where they are going to go based on where the plumbing is – and consider what else needs to fit in the space. Do you want a linen basket? In which case, you will need to factor in a corner. What about bathroom scales? Or perhaps a chair next to the tub if you have little ones who you will want to sit with at bath time?

It is also important to make sure you factor storage space into the design plan. There is nothing more unsightly in a bathroom than hairbrushes, numerous tubes of toothpaste and hundreds of bottles of lotions and potions scattered all over the shop.

Think about what needs to fit in the room so that you know what space you have to work with.

Choose the right fittings.

This is probably the most important part, and you may wish to enlist the help of a professional interior designer, or perhaps a friend with an eye for design, to ensure you pick the right fittings. Do you want a bathroom with a modern feel or are you more of a traditionalist? Ultra modern bathrooms can look out of place in older or listed property.

Curved edges, matte finishes and brass fittings tend to lend themselves to a more classic look. Sharper edges, chrome surfaces and twinkly lights will give your bathroom a brighter, more modern feel.

Furthermore, think about the alternative types of fittings – for example, are you part of a big family? If so, might a double sink be more appropriate than a single one?

Don’t scrimp

When it comes to plumbing and electrics, unless you are quite the Handy Andy, it is absolutely necessary to hire a professional to ensure everything is installed, fitted, connected, plumbed and sealed properly. Do your research and get quotes from several plumbers in London so you can make an educated decision and guarantee you hire the right person for the job. The last thing you need is spraying pipes, leaky grouting and a flooded hall when you come to use your beautiful new bathroom. A top tip to save money though is to try and plan the room so that you keep existing plumbing close to where it is. More pipe equals more money and more time, both of which cost more money!

The finishing touches

With all the units properly fitted, this is where the fun begins – see your bathroom as a blank canvas and the curtains, mats, soap dishes, towels and mirrors as your paintbox.

One of the oldest tricks in the book for making a room feel bigger is to use mirrors. The bigger the mirror, the more spacious the room is likely to feel. However, a word of caution – if you are going to have big mirrors, they must be kept gleaming, otherwise it will make the whole bathroom seem dirty, even if it isn’t.

All of these finer details should complement the period style of the fittings. For example, if you are going for a more traditional look, you may like to have a free-standing wooden loo roll holder. If you fancy a more modern feel, a chrome, wall-mounted one would probably be more suitable, for example.

Sara Kimberly
Interior Designer

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