The bathroom is one of our favourite rooms in the house, and for good reason. It is one of the places we go to wash away the worries and troubles from day, or begin a new day fresh-faced and head on. It is for this reason, humans love a good-looking bathroom, and contrary to popular belief, size does not matter. A good bathroom need not be of epic proportions, rather, it should encompass a few vital factors which we have listed below:
1. Access to light—whether artificial or natural, this is crucial. A dark bathroom is neither welcoming nor inviting. The last place you want to being or end your beauty regime is within the confines of a dark and dingy area.
2. Adequate ventilation—as with lighting, ventilation is equally as important. Steam and moisture need to escape, and if trapped, will lead to problems like mould and bacteria. Double check that your exhaust fan unit is functioning, or better still, ensure your new build has windows.
3. Colour choice—choose a colour that reflects relaxation and calmness, and where possible, choose tones and textures that suit the size. A general rule of thumb is to steer clear of dark finishes if your bathroom is small, choosing a pale colour palette instead.
4. Fittings & fixtures—do you choose a shower-bath combination, free-standing tub, solo shower unit, or are you able to have the best of both worlds? Make sure you choose these elements based on size and budget, and of course, do some research first.
5. Water saving—a visually stunning bathroom needs to be functional too. Make sure you have water saving taps and shower heads in place to ensure your brand new bathroom doesn't leave a sinking hole in your pocket.
6. Decorations—mirrors, vases and candles are always a good choice for a bathroom. Reflective surfaces help to radiate light, so if your space is a little on the dark size, some mirrors facing the right direction will help the light to bounce and illuminate those dark corners. Aside from looking beautiful, flowers and candles are an easy way to ensure your bathroom is always smelling like a daisy!
Once you have considered the above factors, you are ready to design the bathroom of your dreams. Lucky for you, we have an ideabook with examples from our UK experts loaded with inspiration! Take a look..
This free-standing bathtub is the apple of the eye of many, and it is easy to see why, as documented by David Churchill. Down to the finest detail, this bathroom oozes with elegance. From the charcoal marble floor tiles with subtle white vein, to the polished steel piping, you can just imagine soaking away your troubles and worries after a busy day. As you can see, this bathroom employs many of the factors mentioned earlier. There is access to ample light, ventilation, and the colours and decorations are appropriated given the size. A free-standing tub is, of course, better suited to those with larger bathrooms. But either way, a space like pictured is sure to be high up on the wishlists of many!
As you can see in this moody and graceful bathroom by Stephanie Coutas, the lack of natural light is not a problem. It is accommodated by exquisite artificial illumination, used in conjunction with shiny and mirrored surfaces. A bathroom fit for any king or queen, this room is evocative and lavish. There is of course, always an issue when you have a room as pretty as this—you may never want to leave it!
A double mirror and sink combination is great for busy people who often have matching or close schedules. In this example by Welchome London, there will no longer be any arguments and contests for who can get to the sink or bathroom first. The small grey tiles with white grout creates a wonderful and soothing effect, and when coupled with the rich brown of the cupboards, resembles a Scandinavian day spa. The white sinks break through the deeper tones pictured, balancing all three colours together with great effect. This is a wonderful bathroom to commence a day as it is sprightly and open!
Taking the traditional notion of positioning the bathroom sink against a wall, with a mounted mirror sitting above, this distinctive washbasin by Schema Studio has been designed to sit in an island bench, a concept often seen in kitchens, but rarely in bathrooms. The elegance of the room is highlighted by the 20th century taps and shower head, further enhanced by the dignified use of marble as the island benchtop. Also note the chandelier hanging from the roof, a lighting option also rarely used in bathrooms. The pale green adds an extra touch of class to an already classic setting.
Another bathroom using marble to great effect, but in an entirely different manner is this bathroom from Emmett Russell Architects. An even mix between rustic and modern, this bathroom features a free standing bah, a design common in bathrooms of a bygone era. In striking contrast to the bath is the modern shower, with the shower head hidden in the ceiling, sitting flush with roof, allowing for the clean lined theme of the room to continue. The bright white gives a sense of cleanliness; the ideal feel for a room designed for washing and rinsing.