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.