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5 Tips for an Elegant and Functional Bathroom Design


When it comes to choosing your bathroom’s design, it pays to strike a balance between luxury and aesthetics one the one side, and pragmatic considerations on the other. This is especially true if your bathroom is on the smaller side in terms of space. In addition, bathroom is also a quintessentially intimate place, where you can really be at ease with yourself, away from the world. This implies that bathroom design should be such that it radiates warmth, simplicity and comfort.

Here are some bathroom design tips from the Sydney Bathroom Reno Masters.

1. Ensure your bathroom is a warm, airy space

While we did mention above that bathrooms are meant to be intimate and personal spaces, it should not be taken to mean that this space ought to be totally cut from the rest of house, or even the outside world. If it is possible, then make sure that your bathroom gets as much natural light as possible. Doing so would not only infuse your bathroom with natural warmth and coziness, but also keep the nasty moldy smell away. In other words, from both aesthetics and health point of view, it would be wise to choose a well ventilated bathroom.

2. Provide your bathroom with an earthy, natural backdrop

Many people, in their quest to build the perfect bathroom, choose materials that are hard and shiny, and create a cold, clinical effect which is far from pleasant. Instead, it would be much better to use softer materials that provide a textured and organic feel. For example, organic materials such as limestone, marble and slate can provide delightful contrasts as well as recreate a natural feel in the bathroom. In addition, you can work with a variety of woods, including pieces of natural wood, for shelves and storage in the bathroom.

3. Plan your bathroom layout in detail

Behind the luxurious appearance of your dream bathroom lies the real work, the plumbing, water pipes, vents etc. Depending on your budget, you would have to choose between single or multiple wet wall layouts. Single wet wall layout essentially has the sink, toilet and the shower along one wall. While a single wet wall layout is economical, it also limit your options. If possible, choose multiple wet wall layouts as they would provide you with tremendous flexibility, especially when space is limited.

4. Do not ignore the lighting arrangement

Aside from the natural lighting, you will need to make sure your bathroom does not suffer from ill placed artificial lights. In this respect, placing the light in right places relative to the mirror is key. Ideally, the lights should be placed on either side of the mirror at your, with the third one directly on top. For general lighting you may make use of chandeliers if your ceiling is of sufficient heights. Otherwise, accent lights or recessed lighting works equally well.

5. Be space efficient if your bathroom is small

Even if you have a small bathroom to renovate, you can still make it fully functional with clever ideas and careful planning. For example, instead of glass door for shower, use a curtain as it would not require extra space to open. Similarly, a lot of people tend to leave the space above toilet unused. Putting it to use by making a counter above it with the help of a wooden slab would impart a chic look and add functionality.

Stamped Concrete Coloring Methods

With stamping mats and skins, you can achieve the look and feel of brick, slate, stone, and other materials with rough textures. However, to achieve the effect, you will need to replicate the natural colors of such materials. Contractors usually use four options to color stamped concrete. Most of the time, a dry-shake hardener or an integral color is achieved using a base color. When it comes to a variegated and a more natural look, accent or antiquing colors is used. It is achieved by using pigmented liquid or powdered release agents which are usually supplemented by tints, dyes, or stains.
– Integral Color
Advantages: It is easy to use. It comes mixed from the concrete batch plant thus providing a uniform, consistent color. It provides a permanent color as the concrete is composed entirely of it. The integral color will remain even if the slab is accidentally scratched or chipped.
Disadvantages: Compared to the look and feel that you can achieve with color hardeners, the color options are less vibrant and more subtle. This is why integral colors are mostly used with surface applied treatments, such as chemical stains and color hardeners.
– Dry-Shake Color Hardeners
Advantages: They come in an unlimited range of color options and produces brighter colors. Hardeners are usually scattered onto a fresh concrete and made to float on top of the surface. This product is less permeable because it contains cement and fine aggregate that cause the surface to densify.
Disadvantages: Because the product needs to be hand-broadcast, it is more labor intensive. Although hardeners are only applied on the top 1/8 to 3/16 inch of the slab which results in savings on cost, if the surface is damaged deeper than those levels, the underlying plain gray concrete will be revealed.
– Powdered or Liquid Release Agents
Advantages: Powdered or liquid release agents prevent the stamping mats from spoiling the texture of the concrete and from sticking to it. You can also achieve an antiquing effect because their properties bestow a subtle color that enhances dry-shake or integral color. The most commonly used technique is starting with a light base color with a hardener or integral color, and then applying a darker release agent for contrast.
Disadvantages: Nearby existing flatwork or existing buildings could easily get stained because the powdered release agents are airborne. They are very fine powders. Although powders require masking of adjacent surfaces and more clean up, they produce more contrast compared to a liquid release.
– Stains
Advantages: Due to stains chemically reacting with the concrete (mottling effect), a sense of realism is achieved. Stains can be applied randomly to individual stones in your stamped design which is not possible to achieve with hardeners or integral color.
Disadvantages: Due to the natural coloring and transparency stains produce, they are mostly used together with dyes to achieve greater color intensity.
You can read more about the stamped concrete coloring processes at