How to design your bathroom
Your bathroom may be one of the smallest and most private rooms in your home, but when it comes to wellbeing and comfort design is crucial, as it's such a functional space. Here's our step-by-step guide to designing your bathroom and making the most of the space you have.
The bathroom is one of the home's most important rooms. It's perhaps the most intimate and private space, and it's key to our wellbeing. This is why you need to make the most of every inch, and plan the space strategically so you can improve your everyday life.
Seeking help from a professional will guarantee your project is a success, and here we'll tell you everything you need to know about designing your bathroom, step by step.
1. Plan exactly what the space and the people using it need
You need to think about who will be using the bathroom and what they need. Your design will be completely different depending on whether the bathroom is going to be used by adults, children, people with reduced mobility, or as a main or guest bathroom.
2. Draw a layout plan: optimise your space
It doesn't matter whether you have a large or small space. If you want to get the most out of every inch of space you have, layout is fundamental. A good plan is what will make your small bathroom meet all your needs and be user-friendly. On the contrary, a large bathroom with a poor layout will result in a space that's neither functional nor practical for the people using it.
When you're drawing up a plan for your bathroom design you need to choose what elements you need, in the right dimensions for your room, and make sure there's adequate space between the various components.
If you've got a limited about of space, or you’d prefer to have as few obstacles as possible, we recommend going without a bath and incorporating a shower tray, which can be equipped with Wellness functionalities for maximum comfort. In this article you'll find tips on how to achieve this. If on the other hand you have plenty of space, you could include a shower and freestanding bath in your plan.
The bidet is another element to think about including, depending on what you'll use it for. Alternatives are now available, such as bidet toilets that incorporate the functionality of a bidet into the toilet itself, or smart toilets that perform both functions.
In this article on how to plan a bathroom we tell you everything you need to know (measurements, distances and locations of sockets) and give you examples of bathroom layout plans.
Some practical tips:
- Align the various components to give a sense of order to your space, and work out how the space will be used as you move around it.
- Place bulkier elements such as the bath and shower at the back of the room. This will also give you more space.
- Opt for sliding doors against the wall to get the most out of your wall space.
3. Choose styles and colours that will give definition to your space
Deciding on a style that best suits who will be using the bathroom will turn it into a personal haven.
Colour can completely transform your interior design. Regardless of the aesthetic or style you choose, the colours you opt for can change the whole mood of the space. You might want to keep it in line with the general aesthetic of your home, or go bold and mix it up with a completely different palette.
Get inspired by our 7 bathroom colour palette ideas here. You need to choose a base colour and complementary colours, deciding whether to go for a monochrome look or contrasts, always remembering that darker colours will extend and paler colours contract visually, creating depth and enlarging the space.
4. Selecting your materials
You need to know what bathroom furnishing you'll be using, as the majority are static elements and require installation before they're placed in the spot you want them to be in. Some questions to answer are: whether you'll have built-in elements, such as toilet cisterns; if you need to choose compact models due to limited space in the bathroom; a single or double, countertop or recessed washbasin; whether you want a shower or bath; or will you include a bidet or not.
Your bathroom is, of course, a wet area, so you need to choose materials that are resistant, easy to clean and antibacterial. This means quality is crucial if you want your bathroom to look as good as new for longer.
You also need to think about storage, as the bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in a house where a lot of stuff accumulates. It will be a much more relaxing space if it's functional and harmoniously ordered. We recommend you choose furniture with large drawers to make it easier to access all your things.
5. Decoration: give your bathroom the WOW factor
Your bathroom should give you access from the exterior to your inner world.
We're all looking to achieve the WOW factor in our bathrooms, and create a space that connects us with ourselves without sacrificing functionality.
To do this, you need to choose décor with its own personality.
Here are our tips on how to decorate your bathroom and get the look you're craving:
- Incorporate coloured bathroom furnishings and fittings
- Choose signature designer pieces. Because some bathroom pieces tell their design story just by you looking at them, such as signature taps that are true works of art.
- Coloured taps with special finishes will give you a distinctive look, whether in matt black or sophisticated copper.
- Built-in elements such as toilets or taps will give you clean visual lines.
- Choose sanitary fittings that are sculptural pieces in themselves, such as floor-standing washbasins and coloured ceramics.
- Use plants to feel connected with earth and nature, and instantly feel better.
- Mix finishes, patterns and textures to give your space dynamism and balance. Applying this tip to floors or walls will help you to highlight the various bathroom zones.
- Opt for decorative round or oval mirrors to add warmth to the space.
- Bathroom lighting influences your mood and enhances your perception of the space. It should always be functional but aesthetic too - see it as another element of your décor.