Bathrooms – so much more than hygiene!
- Published on 24 April 2015
The bathroom used to be a purely functional element and a necessity to every home – but not any more. Trends of 2015 are moving more towards a multi-functional room. It’s no longer all about hygiene, but a place to relax and escape.
This change means bathroom designs need a lot more thought. To make a room like this possible, bathrooms will need to adapt, and in turn, could become much larger rooms in the future. From layout to décor, there is a lot to think about when it comes to your new home spa.
With everyone spending more time in the bathroom than ever before, the space must be extremely functional, but an area that is comforting and enjoyable to spend time in – especially with the cooler weather on it’s way.
It’s time to think about what you want from your bathroom. Do you need a bench seat, so you can sit and relax? Is your beauty regime a high priority, making a hair dryer station a must? Assess the space you have available and decide realistically what you want to achieve.
With design and technology now playing a big part in bathroom finishes, there is a lot to consider. A large bathtub could be what you’re looking for, but that is just the beginning – do you plan on choosing free standing or do you want one surrounded by storage? If you can’t reach your shampoo, it may look stunning, but isn’t very practical. There is also the type of model you choose. With everything from circular hot tub, whirlpool and spa baths, to heavy stone and simple tap work, the possibilities are endless. What’s more, some even come with LED lights and internet access. For the height of luxury, television viewing from the bath is becoming very popular, or installing a quality music system so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the music.
As well as a large bath, if size is no issue, you could also consider adding a steam room or sauna. If efficiency is key to your household – what about a hidden laundry shoot?
This is a room you want to while away hours of pampering – therefore comfort should be at the top of your list. Harsh lights will drive you out of the room and reduce bath time, however if you are trying to use mirrors in the evening, you will need a bright light to see. So think mood lighting, plus spotlight functionality.
The colour you choose for your room will also affect the overall mood – if you plan to stay in your new retreat for a while, you don’t want it to feel claustrophobic or the colours to be too bright. Neutral colours also make rooms appear larger and soft tones will never become out-dated, which may lead to an easier sale later down the line. Soft colours are soothing and can have a meditative effect on a person, comforting and relaxing you.
Before you make any decisions, take a look around – there is so much to choose from, so do your research. When it comes to materials, tiles are durable and easy-to-clean, plus, whatever your budget, there’s a type of tile to match. There are lots of options, like going for identical tiles on your walls and floors – remember, uniform is easy on the eye. An oversized tile gives the illusion of a bigger room (plus less grout to keep clean). But if you fancy doing something a little different, a feature wall of darker tiles can add a bit of character to your bathroom.
Whatever you decide consider how you will feel in the room as well as what it will be used for. You need to find the perfect combination of calm and function for your family.