Design Tips For Planning A New Bathroom

Design Tips For Planning A New Bathroom

Planning a new bathroom can feel like a challenging and daunting task, so to help make things easier, share their tips and advice on what to consider when creating a new bathroom design.


Consider The Layout

The first thing to consider when planning your bathroom is to take a look at the layout. Does it work fine as it is, or is there plenty of scope for improvement? Moving fixtures such as the basin and toilet will increase renovation costs, so bear this in mind if you are on a limited budget.

If you have more budget available, and you feel the current layout isn’t working, then it makes sense to come up with a new design so that you get the most from the space. Don’t worry if you don’t have a fortune to spend, sometimes just updating the fixtures and fittings is as effective as a complete new design and layout.


When it comes to bathroom design, more of us are creating a luxury look, so you may want to fit a freestanding bath, and if you have enough room for a separate shower, the corner is an ideal position. For small bathrooms, they are plenty of ways to maximise space such as fitting a wall mounted basin and toilet.


Decide On A Style

Don’t rush into choosing a style, instead take your time and gather plenty of inspiration. It’s important to make the right choices, as it can be expensive to rectify mistakes. Create a mood-board on Pinterest where you can save images that inspire you.

When deciding on a style, consider what appeals to you. Do you prefer elegant and traditional, or is sleek and contemporary more your thing? You could even combine the two to create a modern yet classic look that will stand the test of time. Consider the colour scheme, as this will have an impact on the space. Dark colours add a sense of luxury and drama, while paler shades create a bright and airy feel.

You will need to think about the tiling and lighting too, and what you plan to put on the floor. Would you prefer tiles or vinyl flooring? If you have young children, go for an anti-slip surface for peace of mind. There are also specific regulations for bathrooms when it comes to planning the lighting and fitting an extractor fan, so consult an electrician before going ahead with anything.

Storage And Accessories

Storage is essential in any bathroom, so plan this into your design. There are many bathroom storage options available including vanity units, mirrored cabinet, drawer units, shelves and baskets.

Vanity units are a popular option as they combine a basin and storage into one space saving unit, so you can keep toiletries stored away for a clutter free space. Mirrored cabinets are a great option too, choose one with lights, which provides bright enough illumination for applying make-up, but is also be dim enough to create a relaxing ambience in the evening for a long soak in the bath. You could even place a couple of baskets around the bathroom such as next to the toilet to store spare loo roll, and under the basin where you could keep a couple of towels neatly rolled up.

The finishing touches are important too, so choose a matching set of accessories to ensure a coordinated bathroom scheme. Add some decorative touches with candles and ornaments, and invest in some new towels and bath mats. The right style of finishing touches can really bring everything together and enhance your new bathroom. You could even add a personal touch and brighten up bare walls with some artwork.


*This is a collaborative guest post*

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  1. Jon July 17, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Great post this. We just had our bathroom redesigned in January and while it cost a fair bit it’s made a huge difference on the amount of storage we have in there!

  2. Samantha Mayers July 17, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    I really want to re-do the bathroom. I honestly don’t know where to start with it though. And it isnt very big.. I’d just be happy with a bigger bath at the minute though. X

  3. mummy here and here July 18, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Fab tips and defiantly think it is important to take your time with your ideas X mmbc

  4. Nazrin July 18, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Awesome tips! I spend most of my time in the bathroom as I love baths so I definitely feel it something we should take our time on planning!

  5. Mandi - Hex Mum Plus 1 July 18, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    This post is perfect, I currently have no sinks and no bath as ours is in the middle of being refitted, but I do have some very lovely new tiles, half fitted.Unfortunately I just had a phone call to say the bath won’t be here until Monday, I am so glad they haven’t ripped out the shower yet!

  6. Cheryl | TimeToCraft July 18, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    We moved our bathroom upstairs a few years ago. Starting with a completely blank slate made life much easier. Still really love how we did it. Not rushing is really good advice. Not the sort of room you want to redo too often. #MMBC
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