What to keep in mind when designing a bathroom

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The bathroom is among the most significant rooms of the house. It is used every day by the family members and often even by the visitors. So when designing a bathroom, a lot of thought needs to go into making it a beautiful, comfortable and functional space. Bathroom designing requires a lot of attention to detail. It is a lot more than choosing tiles, taps and accessories. Besides designing the layout, it is essential to get every aspect right to enjoy the practical space irrespective of its size.

In Indian homes, it was once taboo to have a bathroom inside the house, and it was usually tucked away in a corner or the backyard of the home. However, nowadays, bathrooms are an integral part of modern homes, either an en suite bathroom attached to the bedroom or a shared bathroom in the common area, used by the family members and guests of the house. Therefore, it needs to be appealing and be fresh and clean and also to look pleasant from the moment one opens its door.

Bathroom design has witnessed an immense transformation over time. From a purely functional space, these days, it is designed to be an aesthetically pleasing room for relaxation and pampering the mind and soul. So, more and more homeowners are hiring the services of professional bathroom designers and interior designers and decorators to design a perfect bathroom that suits the size and layout of the room as well as the available budget. Keep these tips in mind when designing a bathroom to get it near perfect.  

Plan and choose the layout of the bathroom to maximise its functionality

Irrespective of the room size, the bathroom design depends a lot on its layout. The position of the shower, sink and WC can impact the overall design of the bathroom. Therefore, plan and choose the layout, keeping in mind the family’s needs and style preferences. It’s advisable to have well defined wet and dry zones in the bathroom. Place the WC away from the door and the sink near the WC. In Indian bathroom design, if space permits, homeowners prefer to keep a distance between the toilet and the shower.

Once they are installed, shifting water outlets and sewage pipes will be an expensive affair. In independent houses and bungalows, it is easy to plan the layout since the pipes and plumbing can be designed from scratch.  However, in high rise buildings and apartments, since the plumbing is done for the whole structure, there can be restrictions for altering the pipes and plumbing lines, and hence it will have an impact on the designing of the bathroom. Consulting a professional bathroom planner and plumber will help in coming up with the ideal solution when planning the layout of the bathroom. 

Choosing the right tiles for the floor and walls of the bathroom

The first thing one notices in the bathroom are the tiles. The selection of the tiles, whether it’s for the floor or the walls, significantly contributes to the bathroom design. Pay attention while selecting the flooring tiles, since it should prevent accidents when the room gets wet and slippery. Anti-skid tiles are the safest option. One can choose from ceramic, porcelain, vinyl tiles, stone, glass, plastic laminate tiles, cork tiles and linoleum floor tiles, all of which suit Indian bathroom design.

When it comes to wall tiles, get creative to bring in style, colour and patterns into the bathroom design. For instance, one can use different colours of tiles to define each zone of the bathroom. For modern bathroom design, one can play with the texture and keep the colour subtle and natural – beautiful bathroom design results from the right selection and arrangement of the bathroom tiles.

Optimise storage with the right bathroom cabinet design

The bathroom cabinet is an essential element in the design. It keeps the bathroom organised and clutter-free. There are several styles of bathroom cabinets that are suitable for modern Indian bathrooms.

Vanity bathroom unit: This is the most common style of the bathroom cabinet. Fitted under the sink, it is space-efficient and compact, perfectly suiting the requirements from modern bathroom design.

Wall-mounted bathroom cabinet with mirror: Fixed to the wall, this style of bathroom cabinet has storage space cleverly tucked away behind the mirror on its door.

Fixed bathroom cabinet: The size of the bathroom cabinet depends on the size of the bathroom. A custom-made fixed cabinet can store more than just bathroom essentials.

Freestanding bathroom cabinets: One can get creative in designing a bathroom with a freestanding cabinet that offers flexibility in altering the layout from time to time. It can be customised to suit the available space.

Select the right accessories to dress up the bathroom

It is vital to accessorise the bathroom to improve its aesthetic appeal. Since the bathroom is used to revitalise and rejuvenate the mind and body, accessories can make it look inviting and relaxing:

  • Opt for shiny, bright and modern light fixtures that bring magic to the bathroom design. Wall washers, lamps or a beautiful chandelier can infuse style and brightness into the bathroom.
  • Coordinating the shower curtains and the bath mat is a simple way to bring style into the bathroom. In modern bathroom designs, the glass shower door replaces the shower curtains and introduces sophistication in the room.
  • Glass jars, decorative containers and trays can be used to keep daily-use items in the bathroom, and they can be placed on the countertop, or open shelves, to add style to the bathroom effortlessly and economically.
  • Hand towels, vases, flowers, planters, baskets and even the bathroom fittings can be used elegantly to enhance the beauty of the bathroom at no extra cost. All one needs to do is to choose them diligently so that they suit the overall look.
  • Use the space behind the toilet seat to hang a beautiful painting or build up open shelves around it to add a decorative touch to the neglected area. One can also use the space to create extra storage. If done aesthetically, it can become the focal point of the bathroom.
  • Paint is the simplest and cheapest way to accessorise when designing a bathroom. Be bold with colour or opt for trendy shades that enhance the modern bathroom design. 

For more tips on creating a beautiful bathroom, get ideas on How to choose the right bathroom accessories.

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