When redecorating your bathroom deciding exactly how to re-do it can be a hard task. Countless magazines, websites and showrooms throw up thousands of beautiful bathroom ideas and themes, and wading through all of them can be overwhelming. Fancy a freestanding bath? But is there enough room? And yes, wet rooms are in, but for how long? If you’re bewildered by an abundance of bathroom options, we’ve distilled down some of the best ideas to make choosing a style that little bit easier.
Use your space wisely
One of the first things for you to consider when choosing a bathroom design is the size of the room. This can have a major impact on the bathroom suite you choose. It can be tempting to try and cram as many things into one room as possible, but this can result in a room looking smaller than it really is.
Some people simply insist on a bath, which is understandable. But if you’re one of those, bear in mind that free standing baths may be on trend but they take up a lot of space and don’t lend themselves naturally to an over-bath shower. If you’re working with a small en suite but have a bath in your main bathroom, it may make sense to lose the bath from the en suite to give yourself more room to work with.
Be smart with your décor
If you do have a small space to work with, remove the idea of boundaries and defined lines. Consider using the same tiles on the walls as the floor, giving the impression of more space. If you have a bath, use the same tiles on the side of that, too. Wet rooms are a superb way to open up a restricted space, but it’s worth keeping in mind that there’s more expense in prepping your entire floor to be waterproof.
Do bear in mind that some colours will work better in a certain space than others. If your bathroom is small, then avoid dark colours. If your bathroom lacks natural light, neutral or bright colours may help lift it.
Light and mirrors also help open up a dark room, so if you have a window, position mirrors in prime positions to reflect the light around the room and create an airy feel.
Factor in changing fads
Each year brings with it new trends in pretty much everything, from food to hairstyles. Bathrooms are no different, yet it’s a little more of an undertaking to change your entire bathroom than it is to change your hairstyle. If you like to follow yearly trends and change things up, go for neutral whites as the base of your room, or black and white. That will allow you to more easily alter the look of your room by changing the colour of curtains, blinds, towels and other accessories in your bathroom.
For bathroom inspiration that’s a little more timeless, go for something that won’t require frequent updating. Softer colours on the walls, such as off-whites, creams, sea greens or pale blues (be careful not to choose anything too cold though) are never out of fashion. Combine them with wooden floors and panelling or classic tiles for a beautiful bathroom that will always look and feel inviting.
Stick to a consistent style
Allow yourself to be led by the rest of your home. If you have a lovely country home full of pastels and bare wood, it will be incredibly jarring to then walk into an ultra-modern room of shining chrome and dark walls. Obviously the same is true in reverse, so a gentle, inviting country bathroom will look utterly out of place in your modern city apartment.
For a traditional feel that doesn’t veer into quaint, try combining white walls or tiles with light-stained wood and chrome hardware. It’s gentle, bright and ever-so-slightly nautical without being too obvious.
A more modern look is all about clean lines. Opt for clear, borderless shower screens, plain tiles on the walls and floor, and an unfussy approach to chrome hardware. Stick to monochrome throughout and you can’t go wrong.
For more inspiration, read our post on bathroom renovation.