It isn’t easy to balance the functionalities of a bathroom and its aesthetic appeal. This makes it one of the most challenging rooms in the house. It is important not to throw the working layout out with the bathwater. However, it is important to evaluate your needs first and be realistic about how you intend to use the space every day. The following questions should be asked:
- What is the best thing about the current layout?
- What needs to be improved?
- How many people will use the toilet?
- Will there be more than one user?
- How much natural light do you have?
- How much storage do you have/need? Tip: More than you think!
- What style do you want for the rest of your house?
- What is your budget?
- What other bathrooms have you visited, and what do you admire?
When you plan a bathroom remodel or new build, these factors all play into your decision-making process. Instead of jumping into a project, research, plan, and design the perfect bathroom for your family.
These are some great ideas for bathroom design.
The Carrara marble vanity was made to match the herringbone floor tiles. The bathroom layout is such that the bath (around the corner) and the shower enjoy the lush view. The mirror also has built-in lighting. External Venetian blinds provide privacy and control the northern sun.
Black and white are a simple and neutral palette. Marble details around the mirror and textured finger tiles make it even chicer. Simple chrome tapware can be used to add seasonal colour to towels. Floating the timber vanity creates an illusion of space.
This space’s simple, rustic design is balanced with hotel-like luxury by the intricate tapware, fluted marble basin, and vintage trunk-turned vanity. A charming curtain covers the shower, and plantation-shuttered windows let in plenty of natural light.
Timber and stone
The main bathroom has twin basins that are well-spaced for maximum functionality. The vanity’s sweeping surface combines well with the large format wall and floor tiles for a cohesive look. Black tapware amplifies the look and highlights the grain in the basin’s timber joinery.
The family bathroom features a curved brick wall built to conceal the front door from the street. Heather, the homeowner, says that the bathroom is located here because it doesn’t need a window. A large skylight allows natural light to enter, and a wall section conceals the toilet. This is a useful feature in an open, large wash area.
This custom-made mirror cabinet is a striking feature in the ensuite. Two-thirds of its frame is made from Dulux Parchment Paper. The all-white colour scheme is flexible and allows for creativity.
Simple pieces can be made to order, heirloom or store-bought. Nicole, the homeowner’s builder, created this vanity made from spotted gum. It was finished with modern tapware. The vintage mirror has been painted black, and the wall sconces have been replaced with newer versions. The mat is made from handwoven silk carpets in Austria. Nicole says that the mat has been in her family for over 100 years.
This bathroom is a striking combination of VJ panelling, classic chrome tapware and clever use of marble. The floor features tiny marble hexagon mosaics. Large format features are found in the vanity, topped by soft blue-grey cabinets. Georgia, the owner, says that the colours are peaceful and neutral in gender. This makes them ideal for an ensuite.
The resident children love to swim in the bathtub. Plain tiles keep walls neutral and allow ‘Spangle’ tiles from Earp Bros star.