Grohe Bath Design
The more time you spend at the preparation stage identifying your needs and desires, the more successful your bathroom project will be.
Your ideal bathroom Before you start selecting tiles, sanitaryware and fittings, it is important to spend time assessing all of your requirements. Make a list of the things you like about your current bathroom and the things you would like to change. Visit showrooms and look through books and magazines for inspiration. Think about a friend’s bathroom that you like or the bathroom of a hotel that you have stayed in – what features appeal to you most?
Basins Although your choice of tiles and colour scheme set the tone of your bathroom, it is the sanitaryware and fittings that determines its design style. Modern wall-hung basins in graphic shapes will give a clean look to contemporary spaces, while Art Deco style pedestal basins add an element of grandeur to traditional bathrooms.
Walls Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the most popular choice for walls. Large format porcelain tiles give a contemporary look, while small hand-glazed ceramic tiles will give a rustic feel and are best suited to traditional spaces.
Floors Your choice of bathroom flooring should combine looks with practicality. As the surface will often get wet it is important to choose a finish that is both anti-slip and water resistant.
Lighting A good lighting scheme will be flexible enough of create a number of moods, whatever the time of day. It should be planned after you have decided where the sanitaryware, bath and shower are going to be located. Look to include at least two sources of lighting on separate circuits – task lighting above or around the mirror, and ambient lighting for the rest of the space.
The light fittings you select should be designed specifically for the bathroom environment. Safety requirements will depend on which area within the space you intend to have the light installed. Consult a qualified electrician, who will be able to advise you on local regulations and the suitability of products.