Below is a list of my top 10 bathroom design essentials.
Avoid foggy mirrors, mould and damp:Bathrooms are ‘wet areas’.
All ‘wet areas’ need ventilation and cross ventilation is the best. If you don’t have access to good ventilation, consider a ventilated skylight or roof window, or an exhaust fan. Make sure the windows can’t be closed off completely.
Why open to a view of the loo:
Even today I see bathrooms layed out with the toilet on display. Set your bathroom up with a view of the vanity and give the toilet some privacy.Loads of storage Addicted to toiletries. These days, more than ever, bathrooms need a lot of storage. The best place to store toiletries is the shaving cabinet – because they are at eye level and not too deep.
Addicted to toiletries:
These days, more than ever, bathrooms need a lot of storage. The best place to store toiletries is the shaving cabinet – because they are at eye level and not too deep.
You don’t want to be blinded by the light in the mirror:
Lighting the mirror instead of the face is a common mistake. The best lighting is wall mounted above or beside the mirror and provides diffuse light to the face. Avoid ceiling mounted recessed downlights as they often cause shadows under the eyes.
Some useful pointers to an easy clean bathroom:
Try a wall hung toilet pan or a flush to wall suite to avoid having to clean all the little gaps. Try using large wall tile to minimise the grout or, where the tiles allow, consider tight grout joints (1 – 1.5mm). Try not having a benchtop, just a basin so items aren’t left lying around and there are less surfaces to clean.
So much lighter, brighter and cheaper because it’s free:
Simply put – light, bright bathrooms are warmer and more inviting. Where you can’t get good natural light, try using up lights to bounce light off the ceilings and walls – daylight corrected globes help too.
Fall to the drain easier + improves slip resistance:
Avoid large tiles for your bathroom floor unless you can afford to use those expensive linear drainage systems. Small tiles, like mosaic tiles often create a more slip resistant finish.
Showers can feel great underfoot and be safer too:
Think mosaic tiles, chips of tumbled marble or pepples. These sorts of floors allow you to get really good falls to the drain and can be a lot safer. With all the extra grout, make sure you seal them twice as much as recommended with a penetrating sealer to avoid discolouration.
Some floor tiles can hide the dirt between cleans:
It’s a fact, some tiles show every spec of dirt and never look clean (eg. shiny black tiles). Look for tiles that are mat in finish, not too dark or too light and a bit grainy to look at (eg. limestone or shellstone are great a hiding the dust and dirt).
A well placed mirror can almost double the feeling of space:
The best mirrored walls run wall to wall without visible fixings so that they mirror the space almost perfectly. Make sure mirrors are well sealed on the back to avoid deterioration around the edges.