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5 Golden Rules of Bathroom Design

Bathrooms are so varied these days, you could say that anything goes. But behind the differing sizes and styles are some common design principles that point the way to success.

1. Don’t Squeeze In Too Many Pieces

A bathroom is often designed to fit into the smallest space possible, and then people still want a tub, separate shower, twin sinks and a toilet. Give your space a break!

Go for a separate tub and shower only if there’s genuinely enough room; otherwise, combine the two. Remember that the user needs enough room to stand, dry off and turn around.

A bathroom should be a place to be calm and relaxed. If it’s chock-full of fixtures, it may feel cramped and uncomfortable.

2. Include Plenty of Storage

The clutter of too many toiletries, no matter how attractive, can undo your good work in creating a calm space. Rather than fight the inevitable, accept the reality and embrace great bathroom storage.

The key is to think through what you need to store and then design appropriately. Some things are best kept in a drawer, some in a mirrored cabinet and others in a cabinet. Consider how the storage solutions will work as part of the whole room.

3. Think About the Details

Even bathrooms with the most expensive fixtures can end up looking disjointed if the details aren’t carefully considered.

One example, successfully avoided in this bathroom by Hart Builders, would be a glass shower screen that comes too close to the side of a vanity. This might look fine from one angle, but what do you see of the vanity through the glass? Will dirt get between them and be difficult to remove?

Another pet peeve is tile that stops halfway up a wall, leaving a horizontal ridge that will collect dust. Either tile the whole wall or set the face of the tile flush with the wall above by adding an extra layer of plasterboard above the tile before the skim coat of plaster.

4. Make Sure It’s Functional

Fundamentally, a bathroom must work. That means it should feel natural to use and be easy to clean, and all essentials must be accessible, well-functioning and suitably lit, as in this bathroom by Circle Design Studio. Whatever design you adopt, never let style get in the way of function.

5. Let In Natural Light

Bathrooms often get the space left over after bedrooms take the best spots and windows. But spare a thought for those relaxed and contemplative times spent in the bathroom.

Daylight can be the most wonderful magnifier of space and is particularly important in small bathrooms, such as this one by Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins. The most intense daylight comes from above, so installing skylights is often a great way to flood a room with light while saving the walls for fixtures and furniture.


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