The bathroom can make or break an entire home’s appearance – it might seem relatively trivial, but you can rest assured that it plays an essential role in home design. No matter why you opt for a bathroom remodel, be it for increasing your home’s value or your pleasure, planning the renovations carefully is a must.
Creating a feeling of spaciousness
Let’s face it, nobody is a fan of small, cluttered bathrooms – these areas are supposed to make us feel tranquil and relaxed, which definitely cannot be achieved in a tight space.
Although everyone loves spacious bathrooms, not everyone is lucky enough to own one. Yes, going full-on destructive and tearing down the walls is a perfectly understandable solution, but even this is a luxury not everyone can afford (where there’s no space, there’s no space).
Try thinking outside the box – a room doesn’t have to be spacious in order to feel large. Take supermarkets, for example – there’s a reason why most of these stores put mirrors and other reflective surfaces right next to the displayed products. This way, a feeling of spaciousness is easily achieved, but it also creates a sense of roominess, which plays the essential part in making customers feel more comfortable.
Interestingly, the same can be achieved in any room in a home, and given that a bathroom is a place where mirrors actually serve a practical purpose, there is no better place for experimenting with reflective surfaces than here. Focus on placing the bathroom mirrors in order to achieve two main goals: making the room feel larger and reflecting the much-needed sunlight inside.
When it comes to lighting, bathrooms always seem not to have enough of it. The reasoning behind this is simple – these are private areas that don’t go well with large windows. Therefore, besides making the most out of the mirrors, your bathroom is going to need proper lighting solutions.
We recommend dimmers – simple devices that allow you to choose the amount of light you need. For example, a relaxing bubble bath is best taken under moderate, atmospheric lighting. On the other hand, you’ll need as much light as possible for activities, such as shaving and putting on makeup.
It would be best to go with LED or CFL lighting fixtures. Although they do cost a bit more than your typical light bulbs, they definitely tend to pay off in the long run. They are sustainable and a smart investment.
Place the toilet properly
Yes, your bathroom will probably have a toilet seat – this doesn’t mean that it should be openly visible as soon as the bathroom door is open. Why? Well, it’s simply not pleasing to the eye. This is especially true if you’re going for the popular spa-themed bathroom vibe – the toilet is definitely something that you’ll want to safely tuck away from sight. So, place it in more discrete places, such as corners, behind cupboards, etc.
Even if you manage to do wonders with lighting and mirrors, the fact that the bathroom appears much larger than it really is, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually going to be spacious. Walk-in showers are a perfect solution in such cases: they create a sense of roominess, while they actually require less space than your typical bathtub/shower.
Custom bathroom design
Some people enjoy designing their own bathroom, others only enjoy having an awesome one, and you won’t find any judgement here. In fact, even if you are into design, you might want to refer to the experts in order to make sure that you don’t spoil particular aspects of your bathroom renovations.
For instance, contacting people who specialize in flooring installation in Sydney or visiting our tile shop in Byron Bay will go a long way in helping you come up with a floor solution that fits your bathroom and your style perfectly, regardless of whether you go with ceramics, stone, even rubber.
Finally, let’s discuss colours. At this moment, going bright is your best bet, and here’s why: it is currently trendy, but if the trend happens to fade out quickly, the bright colours are always a good base for another paint job. Keep in mind, however, that you need to be consistent with bright colours – all walls, floors and the ceiling. Adding some grey accents is acceptable, but don’t go wild.
Don’t be afraid to get creative – these guidelines are an excellent basis for innovative ideas. A spacious, well-lit, bright, and functional bathroom should be your main goal!
Author's bio: Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture and design runs in her family and she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper.