When we see things every day, we don’t always notice how they really look. It’s so easy to become complacent about room décor and design, especially if you use the space regularly. That’s why so many of us simply don’t realise that our bathroom is in need of a revamp. Or maybe we do realise – but we bury our heads in the sand because we don’t know where to start! If that sounds like you, help is at hand. Our experts have put together this simple guide to planning a bathroom makeover. Just follow this step-by-step strategy to plan, design and furnish your bathroom with confidence and ease.
Before you begin, you must be realistic about your budget. It’s all very well to dream of double-ended tubs, a top-notch power shower and luxury fittings and fixtures. But if you don’t cost things carefully from the start, you’re headed for disappointment. If you can’t afford everything you’d like for your bathroom makeover, prioritise. Focus on one key element and splash the cash on that. You can still create the bathroom of your dreams, even if you compromise on certain components. So be sensible from the start, and resist the temptation to get carried away. Write your budget down – and your costings. Then stick to them! And don’t forget to factor in the labour costs if you’re eschewing the DIY route.
Sometimes, we don’t know what we really want. So if you’re not sure how you want your new bathroom to look – look at everyone else’s! There are hundreds of websites to surf and interiors magazines to browse. Putting together a mood board is a fun and useful way to channel your inspiration. Starting a bathroom makeover board on Pinterest can also be helpful. Consider colours, textures, fixtures, fittings, flooring, lighting and style. Are you a fan of vintage or contemporary? Simple or ornate? Bright, bold colours or subtle neutral hues? Once you start your research, you’ll soon see some key trends emerge. These should give you a great starting point for the next stage of your bathroom planning.
At this stage, you also need to consider how you’re going to use your new bathroom. Will it be a functional, no-frills, fast morning shower scenario? Do you hanker after an indulgent home spa environment, where you can relax undisturbed for hours? How many other people will use your new bathroom regularly? How old are they? Are there any physical issues to consider, for example, reduced mobility? Lastly, are you likely to move house at some point? If you’re planning on selling up within a few years, you’ll need to consider what potential buyers might like too.
Once you’ve decided roughly on how you’d like your new bathroom to look, you’ll need to work out whether everything will fit. Jot down the dimensions of the fixtures and furniture you’ve selected. Then it’s time to dust off your measuring tape to help your bathroom makeover dreams come true! There are plenty of online/digital resources to help you with layouts. Or you could go old school and plot your available space on some graph paper. Add cut-outs of your chosen toilet, bath, shower, vanity, basin and storage options. Then you can trial different layouts, and physically swap things around, until you find the best options for you. Don’t forget to account for space in front of your fixtures. And remember to factor in enough room for units and cabinets to open!
Many people find it easy to make a decision about the big items, such as a bath or shower, but struggle with the smaller stuff. Yet choosing the right accessories completes the look of your bathroom, and enhances your personal style. Start with the must-have accessories, and make a list of what you need. This should include all your basics such as toilet roll holders, towel rails, toothbrush holders, mirrors and shelving. And don’t forget your toilet brush! Even this most humble of items can be incorporated seamlessly into your décor if you choose wisely.
If you’re really keen to treat yourself, how about a bathroom TV? Not many people know that waterproof TVs exist, but there are plenty available, from brands such as Aquatek and Watervue. Make sure the model you select meets industry standard waterproof classifications and European safety regulations. Then you can run a bath and watch your favourite TV programme in the comfort of your newly transformed bathroom!
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