I know some of you will be expecting Rebecca’s home in the usual Wednesday slot, but we’ve given Rebecca the week off and instead we have a home every bit as beautiful. You all swooned over Claire’s kitchen back in the spring so now we’re hanging out in her dreamy bathroom. As the first project Claire undertook in her home renovation we chat about five things to consider when remodelling your bathroom.
Plan The Space Carefully
When we moved in there were two bathroom spaces one next to another. One had a shower and a toilet, the other had a bath and a toilet. I knew straight away that we needed to take out the dividing wall and create one large bathroom space. This meant that we could completely reconfigure the layout. Deciding what your priority is will help decide the best layout, especially with smaller spaces. Do you have children and need space around the bath? Or perhaps a large walk-in shower is your ultimate luxury. Once you have decided your key feature, you can plan the other essentials around it. For me I knew I wanted a free-standing bath under the window so this was the starting point for our new layout.
Storage in a bathroom is the best way to keep the space looking tidy and clean and to maximise the space. I opted for a large wall hung cupboard that I tucked away behind the door. This keeps all the essential bathroom products hidden away as well as towels and cleaning products. You can also get loads of really great sink units with storage underneath them that do the same job. The shower features shower valves by BarterDesign – a company I love the designs of regarding essentially all bathroom renovations. Another element that I really love is to create in a shelf in the shower area to put products on that you use every day. This keeps it keeps them off the shower floor and is far more chic than a metal rack that no doubt will go rusty.
Flooring Is Key
I was determined to have a wooden floor but was duly convinced otherwise by my husband. Instead we went for wood effect tiles which I love. Fast forward a few years and there are so many great options to get the wood effect – you can get very realistic tile planks not to mention Karndean and Amtico which look and feel so realistic. A tip we learned from a friend’s mistake is to keep your grouting dark – they installed beautiful white tiles with white grout but sadly had to re-do the floor within a year as the grout was too difficult to keep clean.
My greatest luxury is having expert glaziers work on my shower and the underfloor heating in the bathroom – there is nothing quite as nice as stepping out of the shower on to a warm floor on a winter’s morning.
Have Fun With Tiles
I love the recent trend of having fun with tiles. The ever popular metro tiles for example can be laid in so many different ways – I love the herringbone layout as well as linear vertical layout. We used two different types of tiles within our bathroom – large tiles in the shower area and small mosaics at the sink which adds interest.
Create Mood Lighting
If you are completely redoing your bathroom consider putting two lighting circuits in to create mood and task lighting. We have a main ceiling light, but also a separate circuit for softer lighting in the form of two wall lights either side of the mirror and a light under the shower recess. The softer lighting is perfect for the times when the bathroom becomes a place to relax.
We’re still in the planning stages of our bathroom renovation so I’ll definitely be paying attention to these tips. How about you? Any things you can recommend when remodelling a bathroom?