DESIGN TIPS

  • Use rippled, glossy, or wavy tiles to give a great textured look. They’re easy to clean and hide unwanted marks.
  • Large tiles on the walls always make the bathrooms look and feel bigger and this look is great for small bathrooms. The ideal floor tile is one that has a mottled effect because it doesn’t show marks.
  • Where there is poor natural light in a bathroom, gloss white tiles are best.
  • In a well naturally lit bathroom use colour tiles and steer away from the empty, stark look that plain white tiles can create in a large space.
  • To prevent marks and soap-scum build up on clear shower screens, treat your glass with “EnduroSheild” or “Diamond Fusion”. These are permanent products that are applied to the glass, which saves 90% of cleaning.
  • Always position your light above the mirror otherwise you cast a shadow in your own light. LED down lights in the bathroom or kitchen provides the most effective and powerful light source.
  • Painting. Be aware of the direction the room faces – use cool paint colours for north facing rooms and warm paint colours for south facing rooms. Light, cool and neutral colours create a sense of space, while dark, rich colours make a large bathroom feel cosy and intimate.

RENOVATION TIPS

  • DON’T SACRIFICE FUNCTION FOR STYLE
    Everyone wants a beautiful bathroom, but it needs to be functional too. A deep soaker bath is not the best choice if you will be bathing small children or if your family prefers showers. Take some time to think about your needs, and plan accordingly.
  • THINK LONG TERM
    With a newly renovated bathroom lasting well over a decade, and most people extending it far beyond that, it’s important to think about how your needs will change over time. A bathroom that functions perfectly well for one person might not be suitable if you are planning a family.
  • DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS
  • The location of power points, cupboards, and towel rails affects your use of the bathroom, and can mean the difference between functional and frustrating. Plan out your daily routine to ensure that things you commonly use are accounted for in the design, and within easy reach.
  • ALLOW FOR EXTRA STORAGE
    Where to put those extra toilet rolls may seem unimportant next to weighty decisions about colour schemes and fittings, but adequate storage will ensure that your bathroom remains functional and clutter free, and that those things you need are always close at hand.