Key tips for a bold and beautiful bathroom
Bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms of the house and one where you can really add a touch of luxury. The trick is to get the balance right between beautiful design and practical functionality. Need some inspiration? Try these tips from our interior design extraordinaire Julia Johnston.
Be creative with tilesTiles make a massive difference to the finish of a bathroom, but because they are hard to replace you want to choose ones that stand the test of time—while still looking fabulous! Large format tiles are popular at the moment and can work well in a large room. Neutrals still rule and high gloss is out. Instead, we are seeing tiles that emulate different textures become widely available. Think about tiles that feel like fabric or linen, or tiles with a wood grain. The way you lay the tiles will also set the tone for the room. A straight lay is a timeless classic, while a diagonal pattern will make the room seem bigger. A herringbone or chevron pattern makes a strong impression and is very on-trend at the moment.
Choose a statement bathA freestanding bath continues to be the ultimate nod to decadence. It draws the eye immediately and signals to anyone entering the room that this is a place of indulgence. Freestanding baths work best in a large bathroom so there is plenty of room around the bath for access and cleaning. Have a small bathroom? Don’t despair. Talk to your builder about the best way to get the freestanding look with a more traditional inset bath.
Go framelessIt may seem like such a small change, but choosing a frameless shower screen over a semi-frameless one immediately adds extra wow-factor to your bathroom. The sleek finish is perfect for a modern bathroom and it gives the feeling of additional space. Frameless screens can act as a room divider, keeping the wet areas away from the vanity and toilet.
Get the lighting rightThe right lighting in a bathroom makes all the difference. Try to get as much natural light as you can to give a feeling of freshness. Over the vanity there needs to be lighting suitable for applying make-up without any shadows falling across the face. Finally, some sort of mood lighting on a dimmer creates the proper ambience for a long, relaxing bath.
Julia Johnston is the Interior Design Manager of Raw Interiors—the interior design division of Rawson Homes. Read more about our designer inclusions in the Lux Inclusions magazine.