Whenever you’re buying a new house, the first two things you think about are the kitchen and the bathroom. The bathroom is perhaps the most important of all. It’s vital you make the most of every square inch, which can make decorating them quite challenging. If you put that shower in the wrong place, the whole room can be compromised.
So many people start out by doing a DIY job and then end up having to bring in a professional or just getting a shop bought design. There are so many ways you can get tripped up, so make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Here are 6 tips to give you some ideas for your new bathroom.
White Isn’t Necessarily Right
No, I’m not suggesting you resurrect the fashion for green bathroom suites. Well, unless you want to – why not? But my point is, just because everybody else makes their bathroom 99% white, it doesn’t mean you should.
Some bathrooms nowadays can feel far too bland and sterile. Mix it up a bit. You could paint the walls a bright colour or put up some patterned wallpaper. Or you could go for a dark, wood-based theme. The internet is brimming with ideas so don’t limit yourself.
Make Sure the Flooring Will Last
A bathroom floor should always be the most durable and resistant in the house. Remember, it’s going to get wet. The most obvious choice for flooring is a hard surface rather than anything soft. Thin linoleum is generally a bad idea. You’ll find it won’t be long before it starts to wear at the edges and take damage where you stand on it most.
Ceramic or marble tiles are great. Wooden panel flooring is a lot more fashionable nowadays too. You could even go for a heated floor if you want to splash out. Just keep its function in mind when you’re making your decision.
Don’t Neglect Your Storage Space
Minimalism is very popular in bathrooms. Therefore, it can be very tempting to plan out your design and then afterwards realise that you have completely forgotten the need for storage space.
Luckily, there are lots of inventive and creative solutions to this problem. If your bathroom doesn’t have any permanent storage space, you could consider fitting cabinets or bathroom vanities. Don’t use up too much floor space though. Make your cabinets high and thin to maximise their potential without sacrificing space on the floor.
Mirrors are Vital
We all know that mirrors can make a room look bigger, but that’s not the only reason to get a new one for your bathroom. If you only have a small, inadequate window in your bathroom they can become even more important. A mirror would help reflect light and stop the room from feeling claustrophobic.
They’re also great for decoration. A beautifully framed mirror hanging above the sink can become the focal point of the bathroom. You could make your own if you want to get creative. Explore the internet for ideas and inspiration!
Don’t Go for the Cheap Option
You should, of course, stick to a budget. This is just sensible. But what you shouldn’t do is spend all your money on small things and then go for the cheap options when you’re picking out showers, sinks and toilets. Think about it, what is a bathroom for? As much as we want it to look great, it’s functionality has to come first.
A cheap shower that doesn’t offer you what you need will soon start to irritate you. And, even worse than that, you could find yourself with a toilet that won’t flush or a bathtub with a big crack in it.
Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.