5 Top Ideas For Bathroom Designs

Bathroom designs are very important to the overall look and feel of your home. They can can and do make a great impact on the beauty and practicality of your home. Estate agents will tell you that if your house is up for sale, the state and design of your bathroom can mean a yes or a no from potential buyers. This article will look at 5 of the top ideas for bathroom designs and what makes them so useful to your home.

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High-gloss design

A high gloss design (floor, units, taps etc) looks and feel contemporary and clean. Finger prints can easily be seen, but on the flip side, a full gloss bathroom is really easy to clean. The reflective quality means that light flows through the room readily – even in winter. High gloss means that your bathroom looks attractive and stays modern for longer. High-end bathroom reflective finishes used to be quite expensive, but not any more. I got our new bathroom units at affordable prices. The store even did us a deal so we could pay over a year with no interest.  Stores want sales, so push your luck and you’ll get the results you’re after. 

 

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our new bathroom

Simple-design floor

A simple floor design means that even small bathrooms can look cleaner and bigger. Busy floors tend to add clutter to the bathroom even if you have none in the room!  The floor doesn’t have to be tiled. (I have some nice lino on my new bathroom floor and will show it to you when I add this room to our extreme home makeover page). Whether you use tiles or lino, a clear, clean pattern makes your bathroom look clutterless, extremely stylish and larger – no matter the size.

 

Add different materials to your design

Don’t be afraid to add steel, wood, (glass) mirrors, ceramics, stone etc. when you design your bathroom. The combination of materials makes sure your bathroom doesn’t look clinical and one-dimensional. Different materials also inject a sense of cosiness and a lived-in atmosphere. When you step into your bathroom you want to feel warm, comfortable and at home. It’s where you’re at your most intimate and relaxed, so you want to make it as accommodating as possible.

 

Include finishing touches in your bathroom design

Many people pay attention to the larger aspects of their bathroom design. The units are perfect, the floor is immaculately laid, and the mirrors are set just right to catch the light. However, a bathroom is not complete without the little finishing touches. Try the following:

  • Sew colour-coded labels on towels for each member of the family.
  • Strategically place pretty storage jars for soaps, candles etc.
  • A bathroom wall paper may be useful for a feature wall or splash back.
  • Use humidity tolerant plants.

 

Streamlined, slim design

If you can at all, lift your sinks and toilet off the floor. This tactic makes the tiniest bathroom look like you have all the space in the world. The trick with this is, because your floor is clear, you can do a DIY job with the floor (tiling, laminating or laying lino down).  Most DIY stores sell toilets and sinks that attach to the wall rather than on the floor. If you’re doing a new bathroom design, this is the perfect time to do this. You won’t regret it.

There you have it! 5 top ideas for your own bathroom designs. Most of these ideas mentioned above can be done yourself. Putting in new units will need a plumber if you don’t have any previous plumbing experience, but the other jobs can be done by a confident DIYer. So, do you have any great ideas for bathroom designs? What are they and which ones would you recommend to DIY projects’ readers? Please leave your ideas in the comment box below. As always thanks for visiting and for your comments. 

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16 Responses to 5 Top Ideas For Bathroom Designs

  1. Kevin O'Kane October 9, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    I was talking to a mate regarding bathroom renovations and he was involved in a house renovation recently and had the opportunity to work on a huge master’s bathroom. The owner told him that they wanted to engage another contractor to do the bathroom renovation, but they later found out that the contractor’s last job resulted to a blocked drain that it cost a huge amount of money for the owner to have it re-done. That was why he carefully chose my mate’s company, who is reputable in the business.

  2. Abbas from Pakistani
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    April 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    All the designs are very cool and beautiful. I like the first one most. I will make this design in my home washroom.
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  3. Danica Green from ShoppingBags April 8, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    These are cool designs that will suit each personality. Maybe this will be a helpful tip on my future house.

  4. Pat from HVAC March 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Great post!

    I think it is really important to mention that low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads are really important upgrades to have for any bathroom. They save water and energy (less hot water). If you are going to be investing in make your bathroom better, its important not to forget to try to make it more environmentally friendly too!

    I also think that is something that buyers are looking for in new houses, is that your experience?

    • Anne March 10, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Yes, that’s right. Buyers (if you’re selling) are looking for nice-looking and new taps and shower heads.

      However, if you were trying to save on money, these may not be the obvious things you’d want to change. They can be very expensive – especially the really nice ones. The thing is, you have to wait until you can afford to change all of them before you go for it. You can’t have mis-matching taps and shower heads in your bathroom :-) I think this holds a lot of people back from making the change, especially if you’re staying in the house long term.

  5. barak December 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    We just finished renovate out new bathroom. we used most of your tips before we even read them :) the most valueable tip i saw here is the mix of matriels. if your designer is a pro, he can make a great and gentle mix. it will look awasme!
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  6. Wandering Thought November 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I like the look of new bathroom! Mine is much smaller, so I use a splash of color to highlight a certain part.

    I saw my avatar on your networked blog widget already..

  7. lea November 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    i think people tend to slight the bathroom,
    which is unfortunate for their guests. i
    enjoyed reading about your sleek and
    contemporary tips.
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    • Anne November 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Thank you Lea. And you’re right about the guests. Everyone who visits is awed by the bathroom. They often say it’s the biggest, brightest (with the skylight and 2 windows) they’ve seen in a very long time.

  8. Chach from Best November 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    You have my taste. Or, do I have yours? – hee hee

    Simple, clean, and contemporary. I LOVE it! I see you have natural lighting as well. VERY mood enhancing!

    Great point on the little details. It’s those little accents that make a design.

    Thanks for the ideas:)

    -C
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    • Anne November 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Yes, Chach. That’s one thing we absolutely wanted for the bathroom. We had a sky light put in, along with 2 windows on either side. It’s a very light room.

      • Chach from plumbers December 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

        Hi Anne:

        I did not know the sky light (and side windows) was part of the renovation. How exciting!:)

        I think the kitchen is another room that sky lighting would be awesome. Walking into a sunlit kitchen in the morning just wakes you up naturally.

        Well, please enjoy your new renovation and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

        -C
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  9. Caroline Mukisa November 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I love the finishing touches ideas! Your new bathroom looks great! You seem to have plenty of storage – it’s the basin side clutter that lets my own bathroom down. Time for another clear out!
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    • Anne November 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

      Thanks, Caroline. We have a bit of storage space under the bath as well. If you have a bath, you too could probably find some way of making a storage area under it (towards the side of the wall).

  10. Harriet November 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Ah good I love intertoir design! I’m going to be a nightmare when I get my own house because I’m so specific and want to get everything perfect. Thanks for the tips, I’ll bear those in mind when I get my own place (hopefully soon!)
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