Perhaps you’re planning a new bathroom, or updating your current one, then Grohe's line of bath design products are guaranteed to enhance the look and functionality of all the “water” points in the most “personal” space of your home. With Grohe, you’ll find everything you need, from functional bathroom faucets to feature-packed shower systems.
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?
Sanitaryware and baths come in an endless variety of shapes, sizes and styles to suit all installation requirements and design preferences. From the smallest wall-mounted corner basin to generously proportioned double-ended baths, each piece allows you to express your individuality and transforms your bathroom from a purely functional space into a personal haven.
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.
Baths While showers are a great way to start the day, taking time out to luxuriate in a warm bath is hard to beat. Ergonomics are key to a relaxing bath. Visit a bathroom showroom, take off your shoes and try them out. Is it long enough? Wide enough? Does it support you back?
Floor and wall tiles create the background for your bathroom. They bring colour and texture to the surfaces and set the tone of the space. Available in a number of materials, sizes and finishes, there is a tile to suit every style of interior.
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.
Being able to alter the ambience of your bathroom is yet another way of personalising the space. Lighting and sound can help us to wake up in the morning or unwind at the end of the day, while heating brings comfort to the bathroom environment.
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. Additional feature lighting over the bath, within recessed shelving or even in the shower floor, will create atmosphere and allow you to benefit from a number of different lighting scenarios.
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.