1 - Consider the Layout in Detail
Before you start planning the finishes of any interior design, it’s critical to consider the layout of your bathroom. Will it be a family space, guest room or private sanctuary? Think about the adjoining rooms and how the bathroom connects. You can’t spend too much time planning a bathroom, because once it’s fitted it can’t be moved around! Pay particular attention to any windows – you’ll want to make the most of as much natural light as possible – and, if there’s the chance of a view, grab it and exploit it, you’ll be so pleased you did. The layout will determine how much space you have to work with and what design elements will ultimately be feasible. If you have a small bathroom, you might want to consider installing a corner shower or a pedestal sink to save space. Wall mounted floating vanity units, not only tricks the eye into thinking the space is bigger, it also makes cleaning easier and keeps splashes away from more intricate surfaces. A walk-in shower or wet room can have the same effect of making a space feel bigger and be extremely comfortable to use. On the other hand, if you have a large bathroom, you may want to consider adding a unique bathtub, designer vanity or ornate mirror as a focal point.
2- Add Functional Lighting
Lighting is an essential aspect of any interior design, and it’s particularly important in bathrooms. When planning your lighting, you’ll want to consider both natural and artificial sources of light. If you have a window in your bathroom, try to maximize natural light by keeping the window unobstructed and using sheer or light-colored blinds. For artificial lighting, consider installing a combination of overhead lights, wall sconces, and task lighting around your vanity. You’ll need ambient light for a spa feeling, detail light for mirrors, and practical light for maintenance and cleaning.
3- Decide on your Style
Just because it’s a bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t have style as well as luxury. There is a huge range of exciting, bespoke interior design ideas available to make any size of bathroom a unique space. Whether your dream is traditional turn-of-the-century, Turkish hammam, ultra-modern, retro, quirky or pure white bathroom – it can be done, it can even be mixed. Tile floors and walls will dominate any design, so it’s important to decide on this first and then build the fixtures and fittings. A single simple floor to ceiling tile makes any space appear larger or, to make a room cozier, try keeping the walls slightly darker than the floor. Any space feels more comfortable when there’s a link between it and surrounding rooms, so try to thread some elements from the rest of the home into the bathroom and consider what suits the building as a whole.
4 - Choose the Right Color Scheme
The color scheme of your bathroom can play a significant role in creating a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Generally, lighter colors like white, beige, or pastel shades work well in small bathrooms, as they can make the space appear larger and more open. If you have a bigger bathroom, you can experiment with bolder colors like navy, black, or even bright red. However, it’s important to balance the color scheme with the other design elements in your bathroom, such as your fixtures and accessories. The materials you choose for your bathroom will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the space. If you want a simple, classic look you can’t go wrong with white tiles and white fixtures as a base. If you want something more contemporary, try black and white or gray slab tiles. And if you want a truly unique look, consider using natural stone or wood. Take a holistic approach gathering all the elements together before you decide.
5- Focus on the Fixtures
Fixtures like faucets/taps, showerheads, and toilet paper holders might seem like small details, but they can have a big impact on the overall interior design of your bathroom. When selecting fixtures, consider the style and finish that will work best with your color scheme and design aesthetic. Chrome, brushed nickel, and polished brass are all popular finishes that can add a touch of elegance to your bathroom. You might want to consider how eco-friendly and practical the fixtures might be. Chrome, for example, looks beautiful when new but quickly succumbs to staining in a hard-water region, and brass develops a mottled patina with age – so try to think about the long-term as well as the immediate style.
6 - Incorporate Natural Elements
Natural elements like plants, wood, and stone can add warmth and texture to your bathroom design. If you have a window in your bathroom, consider adding a few potted plants to bring some greenery inside. There are many plants that thrive in a humid bathroom atmosphere without needing a lot of care. They’ll also help to improve the air quality in the room. You can incorporate natural elements through your choice of materials for your vanity, flooring, or shower walls. There are many exquisite natural stones like marble or granite which will add a luxurious touch and are highly durable. Wood or bamboo accents can add warmth or maybe hint at a rustic feel.
7 - Get Creative with Storage
One of the biggest challenges in bathroom design is finding enough storage space for all your toiletries and accessories. However, with a little creativity, you can create something special – a good joiner can build clever hidden storage for the smallest room or bold, decorative focal points where there is more space. The vanity is the focal point of the bathroom, so it’s important to choose one that you love. If you have the space, a double vanity is a great option. This will give you plenty of storage space, and will make the bathroom look more luxurious.
8 - Add your Personality
Once you have the basics in place, it’s time to add some personality to your bathroom. This could be anything from adding a colorful rug to hanging some artwork. The key is to choose things that you love and that will make you feel happy every time you step into the bathroom. Don’t forget the details, it’s the little things that can make a big difference in smaller rooms. Make sure you have soap and shampoo dispensers, toilet paper holders, and a place to store your toothbrush and toothpaste! And don’t forget to add a touch of personality with some decorative items like candles or diffusers.