Many people have shied away from using dark colours in their bathroom design and renovations particularly when they have had limited space to work with; naturally thinking that dark colours would make a space feel oppressive and even smaller. But this doesn’t have to be the case!
There are many reasons why homeowners decide to update their bathroom suite. Function, practicality, increasing family size, working from home, adding value or simply adding a more luxurious feel are all perfectly understandable depending on the individual needs and desires of the homeowner and/or their family.
Whether your bathroom is large or small, modern or more traditional, choosing the right fixtures to go with the rest overall design of your bathroom can be a little daunting. After all, you want to make sure that you choose something that really helps to pull the whole room together. With chrome, copper, gold and silver fixtures available it can be difficult to work out which one will work best. Each one of course has its own advantages and disadvantages and of course some will fit better with certain styles of bathroom than others.
Renovating the bathroom can be a costly and disruptive job that some people put off having done. However there come a point where no matter how much repainting or rearranging you do it really is time to take the plunge and plan that new bathroom.
Here are just three signs that it might be time to renovate your bathroom.
Creating a bathroom that will grow with your family can be something of a challenge. Whilst you might be inclined to use child friendly fittings, your babies won’t always be little and as they grow up you don’t really want to be left with a bathroom that is full of fixtures that are no longer quite as practical as they once were.
Sharing a bathroom with your children can be challenging. Whilst you may want a relaxing, luxurious space in which to unwind, it is important to bear in mind the need to make your bathroom a practical space that works for your children as well.
With some careful consideration to the design of your bathroom it is entirely possible to create a space where both adults and kids can co-exist harmoniously.
A limited space shouldn’t deter you from creating a small but beautiful en-suite bathroom. En-suites can be crafted using an existing space, such as a walk-in wardrobe, or constructed using partition walls inside a bedroom.
Making the most of a small space
Whilst an en-suite should include at the very least a toilet and sink, even the most petite of spaces can include a shower. Walk-in showers come in an array of shapes and sizes to suit the most minimal of areas. Showers don’t have to be confined to the corner of the room, as a D shaped unit can be situated in the middle of the wall. Should you have limited space for a door to open fully, try a hinged one. You could even convert the en-suite into a functional wet room. These types of en-suite bathrooms have a central drain in the floor and unenclosed showers, making them highly contemporary and functional.
If you have room, a ‘slipper bath’ is a stylish and modern addition to your en-suite bathroom. They are traditionally shorter than typical bathtubs, and can fit into a reduced space with minimal effort. The high side enables people to rest their backs, soothing away the days stresses and making the bathing experience a pleasure.
Small touches, big impact
There are a number of other ways in which you can maximise the space in an en-suite bathroom:
- Floating fittings such as under sink cabinets expose more of the floor and give the illusion of more room.
- If you can, try adding a skylight. More natural light will open up the room, giving it a light and airy feel.
- Go for light coloured fittings, as dark colours make a small space look more cramped and boxy.
- Use free standing storage for bottles and towels, as being able to move them about will result in more space being made available.
- Using tiles of the same shade on both the walls and floor will give the room a more expansive feel.
En-suite bathrooms are one of the biggest attractions for home buyers, and can add significant value to your home. The initial outlay of creating your en-suite will have a big return in the future, should you sell your home.
Now you know what you CAN do with an en-suite – why not go and create the en-suite you always dreamed of!
A large bathroom can really add a touch of luxury to your home, giving you an elegant uncluttered space to truly unwind and relax in. Unfortunately, this does have its downside; it can be hard to fill it so that it doesn’t seem cold and empty. So just how do you find the balance between a bathroom that is overfilled and one that looks too big?
You have the space so use it. Luxurious fitting like freestanding baths are perfect for larger bathrooms, in fact they need plenty of space or they will look cramped and out of place. Large Whirlpool bath tubs are a great way to fill an empty corner of the bathroom and the extra space means that large freestanding shower cubicles can be added to your bathroom without compromising on the space in any way.
Think about the walls
In a small bathroom, uncluttered walls can help to make the room look bigger, of course the opposite is true in a large bathroom. Think carefully when you are planning a larger bathroom, this is a good place to add some colour. Go bold and add a real splash of something vibrant, it will really help to make the bathroom look warmer and cosier. You could also add an extra heated towel rail; this will serve two purposes, it will help to heat the bathroom up and will also fil up some of that wall space. You could also consider a floating shelf, or two to hold some decorative candles or even a picture.
Don’t forget the floor in your bathroom, this is a big expanse and whilst tiles can be beautiful, the wrong ones can add to the cold feel of your bathroom. Mosaic or vintage style tiles with a larger pattern are ideal in a larger bathroom where they can really break up the space and add a bit of a feature. If you do go for plain tiles, and there is nothing wrong with this then add a luxurious rug to break up that space; this will also add a cosy element to the floor.
The right lighting is always important. In a larger bathroom, really bright lighting can make it seem bigger and will make it look very cold, opt for muted subtle lighting that will help to give your bathroom a warmer glow and help it feel cosier.
With these tips and tricks, filling a large bathroom without making it look too cluttered is just as easy as filling the bath that’s in it.
Technology has been making almost every aspect of our lives easier and more efficient for many years now. When you are planning your new bathroom, you should research the many new ways technology can be incorporated to give you a modern and accessible luxury space.
Walk in showers are stylish and contemporary and give the bathroom an open and light feel. They are also perfect for making your bathroom more accessible. But what tech can you consider for your walk in shower to make it that bit extra special?
One of the biggest pieces of technology to be developed in recent years is the smart or digital shower. Digital showers are a fully inclusive and innovative way to shower and offer a range of benefits. Smart showers are very safe as your desired temperature can be set remotely before you begin to shower and the water will never go hotter than that. This is ideal if you don’t want to be scalded or worry that someone using the shower may not be as sensitive to temperatures. Digital showers can be turned on and off remotely- either by a switch located on a more convenient place or height or even via remote control. An LED light display will tell you when you shower has reached your chosen temperature so no more jumping in to a shower which hasn’t yet warmed up.
Water saving technology
Becoming more environmentally friendly has never been higher on the agenda and anything that can cut your water use as well as save you money is a must for your bathroom. Shower heads fitted with water saving technology can reduce the amount of water you use every time you shower. There are different shower heads which do this in different ways but with all of them, you will still get the shower pressure you are used to. Save money on your water bill and save the planet at the same time; perfect.
Add a touch of fun
LED lights can be added to your walk-in shower, either in the floor or wall tiles, to make the area lighter. This will create a modern, stylish look but also make the area safer for those who struggle with their sight. However, if you fancy adding a touch of fun to your walk in shower, invest in coloured LED lights which can be digitally set to change colour while you shower. Set the mood or add some disco lights while you sing along in the shower to your favourite songs.
With all this tech on offer for walk-in showers, isn’t it time you thought about upgrading yours?
Rose gold has become an increasingly popular colour recently with it being included in fashion, technology and interior décor. It has now found its way into the bathroom alongside the ever popular copper colours. While these two trends are remarkably different, they can be incorporated into your new bathroom design easily to ensure that your powder room stays in fashion.
Coloured wall and floor tiles are the easiest way to introduce rose gold or copper tones into your bathroom. While the two colours would perhaps look garish in solid coloured tiles, patterned tiles which include these colours would look sleek and elegant in any bathroom. When choosing your tiles remember that there is a lot of wall to be covered; a little colour goes a long way.
Fixtures and fittings
Bring rose gold into your bathroom subtly with coloured taps over the basin and bath. This nod to the colour trend will look modern yet stylish combined with a white bathroom suite. Copper taps are rare but will give your bathroom a vintage feel. Another idea is to use exposed copper pipes to bring a Victorian theme in your bathroom. This will be a true style statement which will have others green with envy over your copper themed bathroom.
If you don’t want to completely refurbish your bathroom but do want to bring in these on trend colours then a change in décor is needed. Bathroom accessories may not be the first thing you think of but by changing those about you can really turn your bathroom into a style haven. Towels and flannels don’t need to be confined to the linen cupboard; buy some rose gold towels and leave them hanging in the bathroom to bring a splash of colour. Soap dispensers and toothbrush holders in your chosen on trend colour are subtle yet tie the theme in perfectly. Non-essential accessories add a finishing touch to your new bathroom décor. For example, pictures, ornaments and other small knick-knacks help to add colour but be wary of adding too much as you don’t want to make the room feel small and cluttered.
Bringing copper and rose gold trends in to your bathroom can be done in many ways depending on your budget. A complete refurbishment can create a rose gold haven or just adding the right accessories will create a copper paradise.