11th, June 2020
Bathrooms tend to divide opinion among the British public. While some view them as integral to a home's aesthetic value and spend hours agonising over whether to go with green or blue tiles, others are content to simply buy the first toilet-sink-bath combo they come across at B&Q.
Both of these outlooks are, of course, perfectly valid - it just comes down to personal taste (and much of the time, if we're being honest, budget) - but there are a number of practical reasons why designing a bathroom shouldn't be taken lightly.
Just think, for example, about how much of a headache they can be to clean. If spending as little time as possible scrubbing those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies is your aim, then you need to prioritise simplicity, in the same way that those who value impressing their friends need to try and think outside the box.
Whatever your preferences, here are our top tips.
When you first move into your new home it can be very tempting to change the layout of the bathroom simply as a way to put your stamp on what was, until very recently, someone else's vision of a dream living space.
Keep in mind though that the existing layout is probably already the optimal one, both in terms of space and more importantly when it comes to your budget, pipe fittings.
By adjusting to what's already in the room you can save yourself a lot of money on major renovations, giving yourself more to play with on the cosmetic side of things.
Less is more
This tidbit of advice - which you often hear on aspirational home makeover shows - is particularly true when it comes to smaller spaces like en-suites or cloakroom bathrooms.
In short, it's almost always better to stick to the bare essentials in a smaller bathroom instead of filling your head with ambitous ideas about freestanding tubs or wall-length mirrors.
Those things might sound great on paper, but they do little to add to the aesthetic quality of a bathroom when the layout of the room is too cluttered to begin with. They simply won't stand out - which defeats their purpose entirely.
If you're on a budget, making your bathroom truly unique is always going to be a challenge, partly because the most affordable bathroom designs tend to be purchased as a complete toilet-sink-bath set (and as such there will always be a few neighbours with the same shopping habits).
So instead of trying to reinvent the wheel consider smaller individual touches like the colour or pattern of your tiles, flooring or windows. Are you trying to convey a particular theme or mood for example?
Even non-permanent fixtures like curtains and rugs can help give a bathroom a unique feel without having to spend big on a snazzy, top of the range bath tub or sink.
As we've already touched upon, the importance of a simple bathroom design can't be forgotten about when it comes to things like cleaning and maintenance.
To this end, it makes much more sense to go for a curved bath tub rather than a square one for example - because they don't have tricky corners that collect dirt and grime and make it more difficult to scrub clean.
Keep in mind as well that the lifespan of bathroom units is by no means infinite. They will need to be replaced, and the simpler your features are the easier it will be to find complimentary fittings when it comes time to go shopping again.
As any expert will tell you, it's almost always better to buy your essential bathroom units as a complete set; not only will they definitely match but there's also likely to be some savings to be made along the way.
This approach however won't necessarily allow you to spurge on a big individual purchase (like for example a multi-person bath tub or a freestanding sink) - so the way you structure your budget should always be tailored to the specific requirements of your bathroom space.