Specialists in the design and manufacture of classic and contemporary British-made bathroom solutions, Imperial Bathrooms, offer its best advice on how to design the perfect bathroom whatever your style, space requirements and budget as the latest data shows the bathroom was the most popular room to renovate in lockdown.
To help you get started, Imperial Bathrooms present a step-by-step ‘How to guide to designing the perfect bathroom’, which outlines what you need to know when embarking on a bathroom remodel:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK – Before you commit to a particular style or look, gather together as much visual material as possible, keeping an open mind as you go. If you spot a colour scheme or period style in a magazine that appeals, cut it out and keep it to refer back to later on, and visit Instagram and Pinterest to get a feel for the kind aesthetic that you lean towards. Think about all the elements you need to bring together – taps, bath, shower area, ceramicware and storage. Once you have enough design inspiration, you can start to whittle it down until you’re ready to make some choices, such as the type of brassware finish you prefer or whether you prefer a high- or low-level cistern.
STORE AND ORDER – Think carefully about how many people use the bathroom space, and exactly who they are – getting the right storage for their needs will have a direct bearing on the ultimate success of your design. Look for a vanity unit that can comfortably take all the toiletries, bottles and bath toys you need it to, so that you can always enjoy a clutter-free environment. Radiators with towel rails are also great places to keep towels and ensure they stay clean and dry.
KEEP IT REAL – It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of a freestanding tub or a statement vanity, but it’s vital you don’t let your heart rule your head. Work out a budget and stick to it, and get out your tape measure and be realistic, remembering that all of the elements in the space will need good clearance for practical reasons. At Imperial Bathrooms we recommend allowing around 700mm of space around a bath and about 1000mm around a basin, and when it comes to selecting your mirror or mirrored cabinet, don’t opt for anything wider than the width of the basin or vanity below.
LOOK TO THE FUTURE – Your new bathroom is a long-term commitment, so you want your choices to stand the test of time. With this in mind, think about whether your family is likely to change shape so you can factor this into your plan. Also consider whether you might wish to sell your property at a later stage – it might be tempting to get rid of a bath and opt for just having a shower, but could this decision affect your chances of finding a buyer in the future?
IT’S GOOD TO TALK – If you have any questions, it’s important to ask someone. Plumbing is a specialist subject so if you’re thinking of changing the existing layout in any way, then check that the pipe feeds are located where they can serve the products you have in mind – as a general rule, it’s usually it’s best to leave the WC where it is. If you feel out of your depth, then think about hiring a designer. They will make sure that all your product choices are practical, work well together visually, and that details such as accessories aren’t overlooked.
AND FINALLY… – Once you have a plan, stick to it. When your project gets underway, making changes can cause delays, which can then turn out to be expensive. For that reason it’s important to make sure before work starts that you’re completely happy with your choices. Imperial Bathrooms recommends that if you can go and see the products you’re after in a showroom setting, then do. Brochures and websites are excellent guides, but it helps to hold and touch items, and check they’re the right colours and finishes for you.