Over the course of a lifetime, we spend, on average, almost 93 days of our lives in the bathroom, unless you’re a man, in which case subtract 15% of that. Either way, it’s a long time. Granted you’re not in a bathroom for long in any visit (hopefully), but if you spend any time in there at all, you want it to look good.
The ‘perfect’ bathroom is obviously going to be different for everyone, but there are some steps we can all do to create a bathroom, wet room or shower room that we’d want to spend even more time in. Here we’re going to look at 10 steps you can take to help design YOUR perfect bathroom.
1. Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!
When you’re designing anything, it’s always a good idea to start with a plan of what you want and where you want things to go. This starts with your current bathroom; what do you like? What don’t you like? What have you always wanted it to have? If drawing a plan isn’t your thing, then make a list of what you want and don’t want to help you decide. Our team at Top Bathrooms will be very happy to help with all the planning and designing stages, find out more by getting in touch today on 01525 403829.
2. Inspiration Not Perspiration
If you know you want a perfect bathroom, but don’t know what it looks like yet, then take inspiration from those that have gone before you. We’re not talking about the toilet, but go online and take a look at what others have done. There are plenty of websites and images, so you’re bound to find inspiration for what your dream bathroom can be. There’s nothing wrong with borrowing / stealing good ideas. Pinterest is a great place to start!
3. Size Is Important
Bathrooms are generally the smallest room in the house, so what you want in your perfect bathroom and what you can realistically have, are often two different things. That said, measure your room so that when you’re choosing fixtures and fittings, you can make sure you make the most of the space you have. If possible, consider relocating some fixtures to get more space.
4. Size Isn’t Important
Even if your bathroom is small, you can make it appear larger with some clever lighting. By utilising the right materials, you can create a room that feels larger than it is. This can include adding reflective (glossy) flooring tiles and installing large illuminated mirrors.
5. Out of Space, Out of Sight!
When it comes to bathrooms, you generally don’t need much storage space, but you do need some! By adding some wall-hanging cabinets, hanging shelves with hidden fixings or vanity units, you can keep your towels and toiletries hidden away creating a more streamlined look to your dream bathroom.
6. Clutter Be Gone!
In a room where space is paramount, it’s worth asking yourself what you need in it. We’re not talking about toiletries, but the other things that build up over time; trinkets, knitted toilet-roll covers, toiletries on display to impress other people (we all have them) and other bits and bobs. It’s normal to add some flourishes, but having too many will turn a dream bathroom into a dust-collecting nightmare.
7. Colour Me Good
The colour of your perfect bathroom is going to go a long way into how it looks. Painting a wall (or walls) is one of the easiest ways to give any bathroom a new look. You can do this by painting one feature wall, or splitting the room top and bottom with a combination of tiles and paint.
8. V for Ventilation
Ventilation is never going to be the most exciting topic when it comes to bathrooms, but it is important. If you overlook it in the beginning, it can come back to haunt you later. If you’re using wooden furniture for shelving or vanity units, then condensation can damage them. If you’re going for a shower or wet room, then it’s even more important. Any dream bathroom needs to be well ventilated.
9. Perfect Fit
It might sound obvious, but once your perfect bathroom is coming close to completion, check that all your fixtures and fittings are fitted correctly by professionals. The last thing you want is leaking taps or noisy plumbing to sour your mood. When fitted properly, the room will look so much better.
10. DIY vs DBSE
You’re going to know early on whether your perfect bathroom is going to be a Do-It-Yourself or a Done-By-Someone-Else project. Even if you’re a confident home improver, you’ll probably need a tradesman at some point. If that’s the case, make sure you remember to organise them so you’re not waiting around. If you’re using them for the first time then look for references and make sure they can be trusted.
If all of that sounds like it’s too much like hard work, then there is another option. Shops like ourselves, specialise in bathrooms and have design services available to help you out. These can take the hard work out of your hard work and help you get that dream bathroom you’ve always wanted. Once you’ve chosen your bathroom suite, picked your tiles and plumbed to perfection, then your perfect bathroom is always going to be a place you’ll love to go for more than 93 days a lifetime!