Key Elements of Bathroom Design - Part 1
No longer is the bathroom just a washroom with little atmosphere serving a single purpose. The bathroom, in particular, has evolved into a zone of luxury and relaxation – a soothing sanctuary in which to escape the stress of a long day.
When renovating or building a new bathroom, there are several elements to consider, first being the layout. Where space is limited, a popular option is still to combine the bath and shower as it sections your bath into a wet zone and dry zone. A major benefit with a fully enclosed shower is that minimal water escapes and the area stays comfortably warmer longer and the steam is contained. However gone are the days of cleaning shower curtains, as glass shower screens are not only economically but contemporary and suit any bath shower set up. Whether you choose a traditional door with hinges or sliding door, there is a shower style to suit every space. As enclosed showers can feel cramped, we recommend our clients consider using a frameless or thin framed glass panels.
Pro Tip 👉 If you are opting for a mixer as part of your tapware, place it outside the shower space so you don’t have to reach inside the shower to turn it on.
A contemporary and popular option is a semi-open wet zone. This style has a minimalist streamlined feel as the floor of the shower area sits flush with the rest of the room and is simply shield with a single glass pain or wall. This style allows the bathroom to feel larger, have a seamless appeal with more focus on the beautiful shower fixtures and tiles. Without a step into the shower or door, it’s a wonderfully accessible option for all users from children to people with limited mobility. Although, one thing to keep in mind is, hot steam can escape quickly so the shower can feel a little cooler without a door. To keep water contained, it’s crucial the width of the dividing glass pane is at least 1500 mm wide.
When selecting tiles are a few considerations. Choosing the right tiles for your walls and floors can create the illusion of having more space in a room but it’s tricky. Tiles that are too big will make the room seem smaller while on the other hand tiles that are very small such as mosaics will add extra grout lines and this can also visually shrink the space. Although in saying that, small tiles are suitable if you’re trying to achieve a more detailed heavy look.
For rooms that are on the smaller side, we recommend medium-sized tiles in white or light neutral tones and vertically running the tiles from the floor to ceiling in order to make the ceiling feel higher. If you are lucky enough to have a large bathroom which is over 9m2, mixing up your tiles is a great way to create separate areas of focus.
Pro Tip 👉 To help make a room feel more spacious, avoid using many different tile styles in the one space as the same tile will give a smoother flow.
Tune in next week for Part 2, where we will cover all things baths, vanities, basins and tapware.