Designer bathrooms: top tips

Bathrooms have changed a lot. They’re no longer just a practical space that accommodates a white suite, tiles, a mirror and some storage. Today’s designer bathrooms come in lots of guises, from spa-like spaces to glamorous gothic hideaways. But, if you’re planning an updated, or a complete revamp, where do you start?

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  1. 1.First of all, decide on the interior design approach that you want to take. For example, are you looking for a space with ‘feel appeal’, with lots of natural ‘craft’ materials and textured finishes? Maybe you’d rather a glamorous look, with shiny metallics and crystal. Or, something more simple; something sleek and contemporary? Seek out pictures of designer bathrooms online and in glossy magazines and create a scrapbook for inspiration.
  1. 2.Designer bathrooms aren’t just functional, so decide how you might like to use your rooms in other ways. Somewhere to relax, unwind and indulge? This will then help steer you in terms of furniture choices, like a fabulous armchair to curl up in and read. Or, maybe a vintage dressing table?
  1. 3.Big bathrooms are very popular and give you lots of design freedom. But, if you’re working with, say, a large bedroom and a smallish ensuite, why not consider moving the bath into the bedroom. Freestanding tubs in bedroom ‘suites’ are really popular.
  1. 4.Just like a fireplace is often the focal point of a living room, designer bathrooms benefit from a focal point too. It may be a statement bath or a basin, or a beautifully clad feature wall. It’s worth investing money here, as it will be the main focus of the room.
  1. 5.Lighting is a key element of designer bathrooms - and it will help you make the most of the focal feature that you’re creating! It can also create drama, change the whole feel of the space and lead the way at night. Think glamorous chandeliers, coloured pin lights in skirting boards, under-basin strip lights; the possibilities are endless!
  1. 6.Incorporate different textures and materials to bring the space alive. Contrast works brilliantly: smooth polished stone or glass with gnarly wood; crystal rock and reclaimed timber; rustic cladding and resin; slate and succulent plants. Designer bathrooms can really feed the sense when they’re touchy feely.
  1. 7.Invest in good brassware. It will be worth it.
  1. 8.Carefully plan what storage you need. The sleek lines of designer bathrooms often don’t incorporate much storage. You might want to consider freestanding furniture, like a ‘tall-boy’ cupboard, or a wide cabinet onto which counter tops basins can be positioned. Having too much paraphernalia out on display can look messy, so try to plan more storage that you need, to give you ample hiding space! This will allow you to create a truly boutique feel.
  1. 9.If you’re including a shower, think carefully about how you’re going to incorporate it. Many designer bathrooms go for the wet room approach, using just a simple screen to create a big walk-in shower. They work really well because they allow you to create a space with fewer barriers. We love this look when it’s teamed up with a stone shower tray, for real pared back chic.
  1. 10.Install some underfloor heating. It will make such a difference when it’s chilly.

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