Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living Magazine|March 2020
Design & Layout
We spoke to the team at award-winning Soaks Bathrooms in Belfast to get their advice on getting the perfect layout and design.
If you’re designing from scratch, including layout and installation, make sure there is practical and comfortable flow within the room. For example, when the bathroom door is open, make sure that the first thing you see is not the toilet!
If you are lucky enough to have a nice view from the bathroom window, then if possible, position your bath so that you can enjoy it while relaxing. These are all things to consider when thinking about the floor plan, and don’t even think about colors or styles until you know where and how things will be!
When designing the layout, always keep in mind the importance of storage. From exposed shelving to concealed storage, there are lots of ways you can keep your bathroom from looking clutter-free with all of your bathing essentials and toiletries (apart from the ones you wish to display) hidden away from view.
Once you have a pleasing layout for your bathroom that includes all you want to have in there, bath and/or shower, sink and vanity unit, and toilet, then you can work with the available space, your budget and style you are after to select the items you want. Begin by working out your key priorities. A family bathroom or spa-style sanctuary will require a long list of specifications and fittings that could include a bath, separate shower, double basins, and heaps of storage, while an en-suite or guest bathroom may just require a shower and toilet.
There are so many options these days, it’s worth having a few examples of the style you are after, then your bathroom designer will know which brands to recommend that are in keeping with the style you are wanting to achieve. Tearsheets from magazines, screenshots from Pinterest, or indeed boutique hotel bathrooms are good sources of inspiration. With these ideas, don’t be behind the door when it comes to showing your designer the style you are hoping to achieve.
It is also worth letting your bathroom designer know the kind of budget you are working within. Deciding on a budget in advance means you can prioritize where to spend and where to save. For example, you could invest in one beautiful piece such as a freestanding bath and save on the other items. There are so many products on the market nowadays, that he or she will be able to help you achieve your desired look by selecting the brands that are within your price range. Bear in mind you also need to allocate some money to practical elements and also the fitting of your bathroom. We would advise working with professionals for your fitting, whether that is the bathroom company you design and purchase your bathroom from, or if you are building/renovating and have your own plumber who can install your bathroom for you.
Remember, your bathroom designer is here to help and wants your finished space to look good and function well. No one wants you to feel let down after a bad experience and costly mistakes, so the more information your designer has, the easier all of the initial planning and getting you the end result that maximizes the space you have will be.
The team from Tileworks offers their top tips when it comes to deciding on the tiles to decorate your bathroom.
First of all, the tiles need to be practical for the environment they’re in. Waterproof and anti-slip tiles are the best option for your bathroom. It’s also worth considering how much use the floor tiles will get. If the bathroom is a high traffic area in your home, opt for a slightly more durable and thicker tile.
If a wet room is on the wishlist, porcelain tiles are your best bet. They are great for wetter environments as they are hard-wearing and don’t absorb much water.
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