As with any aspect of design, good design means really attending to the users of the space – this encompasses thinking carefully about aesthetic choices alongside ergonomics. Here are our tips and advice:
- Bathrooms, when well designed, add value to your home – consider the potential impact of a new design proposal on the resale value of your property regardless of how long you plan on living there.
- For Stephanie, accommodating a vanity unit with a pair of basins in a master en-suite or large family bathroom is an absolute must; nobody wants to fight over basin space in the morning and it’s always best to start the day in a convivial way!
- Installing a water softener can keep your bathroom looking brand new and prove a worthwhile investment
- Tiled skirting, particularly using monochrome tiles with an interesting small-medium scale pattern, is a practical alternative to wooden skirting in bathrooms and looks fantastic.
- Think about whether the space is predominantly intended for relaxing in or to inspire that ‘get up and go feeling’ – every aspect of the design should support the purpose of the space, from colour, through to the use of pattern.
- A well curated arrangement of eclectic old framed prints can be used to create an inviting focal point and give continuity between the bathrooms and other spaces in the house.
- As we’ve mentioned before on Indigo Blue, underfloor heating and dual fuel towel rail ladders (with generously proportioned rungs!) are key for comfort
- Dark wooden loo seats paired with complementary dark ceramic or walnut handles look really smart in both traditional and contemporary settings
- Vanity units with drawers are a practical storage solution in bathrooms and more user friendly than bending over and delving into the back of cupboards. Consider the height of bottles you want to store and design the size of the drawers accordingly
- Be aware that some bathroom tiles need sealing for longevity
- Where possible, avoid the loo being the first thing you see as you enter a bathroom
- Lighting around the mirror should light the face from multiple directions and we positioned at head height. Illuminated vanity mirrors are a marvellous invention! Aside from the task lighting, John Cullen suggest lower level lighting in bathrooms for creating a restful atmosphere in the evenings and perhaps enhancing the textural pattern of wall finishes.
- Then there is the crucial issue of ergonomics; we all come in different shapes and sizes and what feels comfortable to one person may not be so for another. Here at Dunning & Everard, designers and clients alike are encouraged to try out the proportions of bathroom chinaware and brassware for comfort and be mindful of how it feels for them. For example, are you sliding down the bath? In which case it may be too long! Or do you feel you hemmed in by the width of a bath or when entering a shower enclosure. Taller people may feel comfier with a higher toilet pan and shower head whereas the height of a vanity unit may need to be designed lower for shorter people.
- Think about the positioning of shower controls; you don’t want to have to lean awkwardly under the shower head to turn the water on and off.
- Baths with a stone surround look fantastic but can feel really uncomfortable unless thoughtfully designed. Stephanie recommends that the roll top of the bath rises above the stone, rather than being fully undermounted
- Think about the positioning of a shower near a bath for ease of cleaning the bathtub
- Shutters, which can be specified in water resistant materials are a great window treatment solution, ticking the boxes for privacy, light control and mould resistance
Watch this space for the latest images of our bathroom re-designs!