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So you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom and giving it a shiny new makeover. It may seem like an incredibly daunting task, but the reward of creating your dream living space is well worth it. As we all know, the bathroom is a sanctuary where you can relax and relieve the stresses of the day. For you to feel really relaxed and at ease, it has to be designed right. But before you jump straight in, there are some important elements to consider before getting started. With our expert guide, you can rest assured to be prepared, every step of the way.
Determine What Type of Bathroom You Want
Before you being with any renovations, you must decide what kind of bathroom space you want. Do you want a custom bathroom with a full suite of fixtures? This kind of bathroom will come with matching built in cabinets and countertops. Or would you want an en suite, built into your bedroom? If that’s the case, you are likely to have a much smaller space to work with. You could even design a mediterranean style powder room, in which case, it will be designed mainly for guests. It’s all about what style of bathroom would suit your needs best.
Budgeting and Planning
Before deciding on anything, take time to think about costs and the amount you’re willing to spend on designing your new bathroom. Consider what you’ll need, from plumbing services, to floor plans, right down to the decor. Are you able to splash out the cash for the quality that you’re looking for? Also it’s important to figure out what you’re working with. You’ll need to know all the dimensions of your room, windows and doors, to determine how much space you have to experiment with. If you want to minimize costs as much as possible, think about incorporating some DIY into your design plans. And finally, just to be on the safe side, you might want to put some money back in case of emergencies and any hidden problems such as water damage. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than sorry in this case.
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Design and Layout
In terms of how you want your bathroom to look, important factors to have in mind are themes, lighting, color schemes and design styles. Want kind of ambience do you want to achieve? You need to know this before making any decisions. You might want to have a built in shower installed if you like the aesthetic of smart style bathrooms. If your preference is more of a vintage feel, a good old fashioned claw and ball-foot bath tub would work best. Before selecting, plan how it will fit in with the rest of your house. These are the things you should consider when choosing between tiles or wallpaper. You’re also going to want to think about if the style of sink unit you want is within your budget and easy to install.
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Out of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom should always have excellent lighting. If there’s an opportunity for natural light, then windows are always going to be the best option. You can choose from ceiling lighting fixtures, dimmer lighting, or accent lights to enhance the overall ambience. Downlights are typically the most practical lights for bathrooms, or if you want to go for opulence, you could have a chandelier fitted. Mirrors are another great source of natural light, or you could purchase a vanity design with light bulbs framing the glass. Always check the IP ratings on your lighting fittings to ensure maximum safety from electrical hazards.
Utilising Your Space
When selecting your Bathroom features and products, the most important thing is to assess how much room space you have. The key is to make the most of every inch available without overcrowding. Ideally, the toilet should be positioned where you’d find your soil pipe. If your bathroom is fairly small, think about if it’ really necessary to have a separate bath and shower. You could always go for a bath with a shower fitting to work better with the space that’s available to you. One question to ask yourself is whether you want fitte or free standing furniture. To determine how to work with the space you have, visit a bathroom showroom. This will really help you get your dimensions into perspective. Of course, you can also seek professional advice from a specialist.
Adding a Personal Touch
When it comes to designing your bathroom, it’s always fun to inject some personality into your living space. It can be as simple as patterned toweling against a plain ceramic bath. Just subtle injections of color and personal style. Another way to bring your bathroom to life is with tiling. From mosaics to monochrome, there are so many ceramic designs out there. Have a browse on the net for inspiration, before deciding what you want. As rule of thumb, try to use no more than three different tiles, to avoid clashing and making the room look too busy. Large format tiles will give the impression of a larger room, especially if you match the grout color.
Speak to the Specialists
If you need an expert second opinion, then consider working with a bathroom designer, local specialist or architect. They’ll be able to provide you with professional tips, inspiration and advice. Builders may be able to carry out fittings, but they won’t have that specialist knowledge that you need. An expert will know all the latest trends and will help you to get the best out of your budget and living space. You could even opt for an independent, local in-store design service to install your bathroom. They’ll be on hand close by to deal with all requests you may have, plus they are available to make any alterations. It might also prove to be a more feasible option if an architect exceeds your spending limit.