Monday, 15 December 2014

Making the most of your bathroom

When redesigning the house it is easy to forget the bathroom or leave it as something to do at the end. However if you think about it the bathroom is a key area of the house- it is the place people go to get ready in the morning, a place to relax in at the end of the day and generally somewhere that can either be pleasant or feel crammed in and claustrophobic. With a few simple tips it is possible to make the most of your bathroom, regardless of whether it is big, small, the main one in the house or the en suite!

Look at the fixtures

You can have a state of the art bath, the best facilities and furniture but if the fixtures don’t match or appear blocky it won’t reflect well on the rest of the room. Think about the kind of design you want and whether this matches up with the style you want.

Bigger is not always better

A massive bath is not always ideal for the space you have- where possible sit in the bath and assess whether or not it is comfortable. Neck space and an angled can help to make the experience of using the bath more pleasant. 

Do it with mirrors (or a mirror)

As with any room in the house the right use of mirrors and reflective surfaces can add light to the room. Generally a well positioned mirror can often work more effectively than a lot of mirrors around the bathroom.

Light relief

To really bring out the best from your bathroom you need good lighting. It is recommended you install halogen lights or over the mirror lights if you want to avoid shadows (it also helps to have dimmer switches as well!)

Open the space out

One way of opening out the space is by using an open shower area rather than having a closed off stall or curtained area. If you are worried about mess and water leaking everywhere you can offset this with a high wall mounted shower head (it also helps if you have well designed drainage).

Add a little luxury

One of the dangers of designing a bathroom is that it is mainly designed with function in mind (not that there’s anything wrong with that- it is worth investing in a good toilet for example to ensure comfort) 

If you are looking to redesign your bathroom and have a little extra space it is a good opportunity to add something a little different, to give it a unique touch that will provide a talking point for any visitors. Examples of unusual additional features include-

Dressing room facilities- could help save time getting ready in the morning!
Television- May sound strange but at the end of a long day you may be glad that you can soak while watching your favourite show!
Furniture- Again may sound odd but this can add a little bit of style but equally can offer a practical use (for example somewhere to put clothes if you need to get changed in the bathroom)

In short it is possible with the right bathroom design to combine both practicality and style!

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