Bathroom is one of the most crucial areas of your home. A well designed bathroom will not only add elegance to your home, but also give you a great personal space. A versatile and practical bathroom design will create a space that is functional and includes storage. With appropriate space planning, right materials, finishes, fitting, lighting and storage, one can transform any bathroom into an extraordinary one. Here’s a roundup of recommendations to soak in style.
Bathroom Design – Space Planning
Space planning for the bathroom will depend upon the budget, plumbing practicalities and space availability. Plumbing cost can be reduced with fewer Wet walls (Walls that contain plumbing pipes). The most budget friendly way to plan a bathroom is to have one wet wall i.e. Sink, W.C. and shower on the same wall.
A practical and functional bathroom should have no more than two wet walls. In order to achieve a clean and well planned bathroom, elements of separation such as wall dividers, floor zoning and split levels between wet zone (bathing, shower and tub) and dry zone (sink and toilet) should be included.
Bathroom Design – Wall and floor finishes
Choosing appropriate wall and floor finish is an art as well as science. With a wide range of materials available in the market such marble, tiles, mosaic, natural stones etc, one should look for a material that enhances your bathroom’s safety, durability and is easy to maintain. Floor covering should be water and slip resistance. It is advisable to use wall covering up to the ceiling in wet zone while one can be more flexible with wall covering in dry zone. An interesting mix of tiles and water resistant wall paper/paint in dry zone can make the bathroom standout. It is important to choose appropriate color and type of grout (filling between the tiles, marble etc) to enhances the beauty of the wall & floor covering.
Bathroom Design – Bathroom fittings and fixtures
Bathroom fittings and fixtures are important elements to ensure your bathroom works beautifully. Size, shape and material of the sink should be in line with the concept of the bathroom design. Faucets should be proportionate to size of the sink. For example, basin mixer should be tall enough to extend over the rim of countertop vessel. For a well coordinated look, shape of the W.C. should match with the shape of sink. Opt for the shower range that will work best with water supply available. For example, power showers work well with low pressure, tank fed systems. Electric shower is good when you are short on hot water supply. Stick to one type of metal finish when it comes to faucet and other accessories of bathroom.
Bathroom Design – Bathroom Lighting
Bathroom is increasingly becoming a place to relax and recharge. That is why bathroom lighting requires an extra thought. Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on top or either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face. Avoid recessed ceiling light right above the basin as they often cause shadow under the eyes. Recessed ceiling light can be used elsewhere as “fill in” light in the bathroom. A small recessed spotlight can be used to highlight a decorative piece or an interesting tile work in the bathroom. Attention to aesthetics in the bathroom doesn’t diminish the importance of safety. All the switches and socket should be at a certain distance from the water outlet. A small window with an exhaust fan not only provides natural light and good ventilation, but also keeps foggy mirror, moulds and damps at bay.
Bathroom Design – Storage and Accessories
It is important to have sufficient storage in the bathroom in order to avoid clutter and to organize your stuff neatly. A wall hung vanity cabinet not only makes the space look lighter but also eases the cleaning of the floor. A recessed niche with shelves is a smart way to organize the toiletries. If the space permits, include a tower cabinet, it is great for extra storage. A stylish mirror that complements the bathroom décor can make a style statement. A quick way to liven up a bathroom is to add a plush bath mat and a pile of soft and fluffy towels. Bathroom accessories such as shower shelves, towel rails, toothbrush mug, soap dispenser/dishes etc. are perfect for storing all the bathroom essentials.
A well designed bathroom can make the morning rush calmer and evening bath even more relaxing. So go ahead and soak in style!