The bathroom is one of the most difficult rooms in your home to get right. However, with a little professional advice, you'll quickly discover that you don't have to sacrifice anything.
Follow our 10 top tips for designing the perfect bathroom to make sure your design is functional and is something that you can be truly proud of.
- MAXIMISE THE SPACE
Konstantin Gryshan's modern bathroom design optimises space with bright base colours, a large mirror above the washbasin, and clever use of vertical storage with shelving in every recess.
Storage is a huge problem in every bathroom – toiletries, towels, cleaning products, etc. – and never enough space. Fix bathroom cabinets and shelving to maximise the floor space. If you can, recess into the walls and create storage there.
Mirrors add a feeling of space to any room. Floor to ceiling mirrors are becoming a popular addition to many modern bathrooms and will give you the ultimate illusion of space.
You should also consider re-hanging your door so that it opens outwards from your bathroom.
- DOES IT REALLY NEED A BATH?
Baths are the biggest space thieves in the bathroom. It's tempting to try to squeeze one in but remember that even the smallest batht still takes up a lot of room. Consider getting rid of it and use the space and money you save to design a luxury shower instead.
- THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THE SHOWER
If you do sacrifice your bath for extra space, invest in a great. But, in order to create a great shower you need to think carefully about functionality. In hard water areas a glass screen can quickly become a nightmare with limescale build-up needing regular cleaning. A walk-in shower is also a fantastic option if you have the space.
- BRING IT TO LIFE WITH GREENERY
RMT Studio's use of vertical space for plant life is incredibly innovative in this stunning modern bathroom design.
If your bathroom has no natural light, using fluorescent lightbulbs can produce the wavelengths that mimic the light from the sun helping the plants to survive.
The plants you should look for are houseplants that thrive on low light and high humidity. While succulents are often a popular choice due to their ability to thrive in low light, be aware that the high humidity will be likely to kill them.
Hoat Châu Duy – RMT Studio
"You have to go and see the reality. Put yourself in the environment and design until you feel perfect. A modern bathroom is not only well equipped but is also a relaxing space."
- LIGHTING IS KEY
Good lighting can turn an average bathroom into a showpiece. You should light from the ceiling with halogen spotlights and use wall sconces to reduce shadows, particularly around the mirror. Light should always fall flatteringly on the face of anyone looking into the mirror. Mirrors and bright colours will reflect light and reduce shadows creating a greater illusion of space. The general rule for lighting a bathroom is: more light, less shadow.
- BUDGET AND PLAN
Budget and plan your design very carefully before splashing out. Start with the essentials and work from there. Remember that less is often more.
"At the initial stage of the design process you should pay attention to the development of good planning decisions."
- START SIMPLY AND BE SENSIBLE
A neutral colour scheme for floors, walls and units is the best option as it will age slowly. You can always bring a contemporary touch to your bathroom with accessories, which are far easier to replace and update.
Zinaida Baklanova – Design Bureau #11
“My top tips for modern bathroom design are:
- Create a background using different patterns
- Choose a combination of simple and clean forms in furniture design
- Try to use lighting to accentuate certain features
- MAKE SURE THE FLOOR IS WARM
Ceramic, marble, and stone tiled floors are all durable and water resistant but can get very cold. Installing underfloor heating can solve this problem but it needs laying at the outset. Be wary of surfaces that get slippery when wet. Hardwood floors are a good alternative as they offer more warmth, just make sure the wood is properly sealed before you start splashing water around.
- VENTILATE, VENTILATE, VENTILATE
If you have windows in your bathroom, open them as often as you can. Don't skimp on an extractor fan - a must in any bathroom!
Before you start, have a look on Pinterest, interior blogs and home interest magazines to get ideas and inspiration. To see the products for yourself and to get expert advice and planning, visit your local retailer, who will be only too happy to help.
Designing any interior space is never an easy thing to do and the bathroom, with all its complications, is even more difficult than many of the other spaces in a modern home. If you're serious about design you might want to consider completing an interior architecture and design course to help you get it right.