Generally, the bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in your house to renovate, so it's obviously not something you want to do regularly. Don't let
this intimidate you though, if you approach the planning one step at a time, you might find the journey enjoyable! Or at least keep the end result
in mind, it's rewarding! There are numerous ways you can approach the planning, but here is a guide as to where we start.
Gather images from magazines, Instagram, Pinterest and spaces you see out and about. You may have found a tile that you absolutely love. Before you rush out and purchase, collate any samples together with your inspiration pictures and start your own mood board. Hopefully, you should start to see a consistent theme emerging, if you've collected samples, at this point, you should be able to tell how well things are working together.
Remember, it may be only one particular element or colour you like in a certain picture – collect it anyway and make a note of what you like, as it all helps!
Lock in the Layout
This is always the most time consuming step for Kyal and I as a functional layout is so important. Draw an outline of the room you’re working with and experiment with layout options – don’t always settle for the first option. Allow yourself some time to think about the best layout for your lifestyle. Consider what is important to you, for example, if planning an Ensuite, and the room allows, would you prefer a double shower or a double basin? When considering the layout remember to think about natural light. Where are windows positioned in relation to other elements in the bathroom, for example, you could consider positioning a mirror in close proximity to window to allow for optimal light reflection. If the budget allows, have you considered changing window sizes? Velux windows are also a great idea for increasing natural light and creating a feature in small spaces.
Choose Your Feature
If you’re after a bit of ‘wow factor’ in your bathroom, now is the time to think about what that will be. Is the bath the feature? If so, you may want to consider a large format tile on the walls behind the bath, so as not to distract from your feature. Sometimes less is more! Ensure your choices don’t compete with one another. If you’ve found a mosaic tile you love, ensure that the remaining tiles don’t compete. Are you after a feature tile or did you want to keep the bathroom simple and streamline? Remember that you don’t have to tile to the ceiling on every wall. For example, you could consider subway tiles to 1200mm, with the remainder wall painted a feature colour. Bespoke cabinetry, feature pendants or wall lighting and mirrors can also be used to create a feature.
Add in the Finer Details
Once you've mapped out your general layout, and before anything is locked in, now is the time to add in all those finer details. This includes, but
not limited to, niches in the shower area, built in shaver cabinetry and extra storage opportunities. It's also important to lock in a lighting
plan at this stage, remembering to think about ensuring enough functional light, especially in the vanity zone. These are all things that your
builder and/or trades, will need to know as early as possible, so that adequate planning can occur.
Once you've mapped out your layout and design features, you should have a clear idea of how much space you've allowed for bathroom essentials such
as vanities and shower area. This layout is essential for bathroom product shopping. For example, when searching for a bathtub, it's important
to note how much room you have allowed, so you don't purchase a bathtub 200mm too long for your space. It sounds obvious, but it happens!
Have all your tapware and bathroom products selected before any work commences to ensure that everything is organised, and that you're not holding