The key to a successful bathroom design is preparation, and that applies whether you’re planning a completely new look or just a few simple updates. From knowing what type of water system you have to choosing a style and deciding on which taps you would like, there are many things to take into consideration when designing your bathroom to ensure it looks great and functions perfectly well into the future. Our list of bathroom design mistakes to avoid will help you get off on the right foot.
1. Overlooking your exact requirements
When designing a new bathroom it’s easy to overlook your exact requirements and how you use the space. So, before doing or deciding on anything, ask yourself how you would like your bathroom to look and feel, who else uses it and how much time do you spend in there?
Thinking about all your requirements and what you want from the space before starting any renovation work will help you to design a bathroom that’s both stylish and functional, plus you’ll avoid making expensive mistakes too.
2. Don’t overlook the lighting
It’s a good idea to plan your lighting scheme right at the beginning of your bathroom design project. Incorporate task lighting, as well as spotlights that can be dimmed to create a relaxing ambience.
For a more affordable option, candles provide a simple yet effective way to achieve a calm and serene space in an instant.
3. Inaccurate measurements
Before choosing new products, it’s important to accurately measure the space and double check your measurements, as the last thing you want is to take delivery of a suite only to find out the bath or toilet won’t fit. If you have a small bathroom, opt for compact fittings and reflective finishes to maximise space.
4. Overlooking the floor
The flooring can easily become an afterthought, but it’s actually a great area of your bathroom where you can really make a statement. A feature floor can make the difference between an alright bathroom and one that wows. Patterned floor tiles with a bold, eye-catching print will add impact your bathroom and liven the space up.
5. Choosing incompatible products
Check what type of water system your home has before buying a new shower and taps. It’s no good setting your heart on that stunning shower kit if you don’t have a compatible water system to make it work effectively.
Seeking advice from a professional plumber on your water system will help you choose the most suitable products.
Here’s everything you need to know on how to create an amazing showering experience, from understanding water pressure to stylish showering solutions.
6. Not considering different finishes
Chrome may be a very popular choice of finish when it comes to bathroom design, but it’s not the only one. For something a bit different, consider copper, gold, white or black.
Copper adds a chic touch to a traditional bathroom, while black enhances a designer bathroom scheme, and gold is ideal for creating an opulent look.
7. Creating a space that lacks personality
The bathroom doesn’t have to be plain and white, so don’t be afraid to use colour, texture and pattern to inject some personality into the space.
If you are making some simple changes, colour and texture can easily be added with plants, towels and accessories, but if you’re doing a major revamp why not opt for some patterned tiles or create a feature wall with wallpaper in a bold print?
After all, we spend a lot of time in the bathroom, so it needs to feel and look just as stylish as the other rooms in your home.
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8. Not taking the time to choose tiles
The right tile choice can make or break your bathroom, so take your time when deciding on colour, size and material. Even the right coloured grout can make all the difference too.
In a small bathroom, large tiles can give the illusion of a bigger space and if you love the look of stone or marble, but can’t afford the real deal, there are plenty of lookalikes made from porcelain that you can use an alternative instead. Metro tiles are very popular and come in a wide range of colours to suit any taste.
9. Don’t underestimate the mirror
A mirror is not only a practical bathroom fixture, but the right one can make a small space appear bigger by bouncing the light around.
When choosing a mirror, make sure it enhances the design of your bathroom, and fit it so that everyone can see their reflection properly.
To make a statement you could create a mirrored wall or fit a large round mirror for an on-trend look. A bathroom mirror with lights provides bright enough illumination for applying make-up or the morning shave, but is also dim enough to create a relaxing atmosphere for when you want to enjoy a long soak in the bath in the evening.
10. Forgetting about the accessories
With so many things to think about when designing a new bathroom, it can be easy to forget about the accessories. A stylish set of matching accessories and details such as candles, vases and vessels will add those all-important finishing touches to your new bathroom. It’s the small details that can really bring everything together.
Now you know which bathroom design mistakes to avoid, why not take a look at our ultimate guide to bathroom design to help you create the perfect space?
Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!