For those looking to breathe a new lease of life into their bathroom, this handy bathroom design advice is sure to come in helpful, whether your space is small or large, modern or traditional.

Bathroom trends

classic basin and toilet

Providing a timeless elegance to the bathroom, classically designed basins and WC’s are a key trend at the moment. As the bathroom is not refitted on a regular basis, more people are now opting for a style that will stand the test of time.

Large format tiles are also a growing trend, as well as painted walls in neutral colours, which perfectly enhances the classic look.

Bathroom furniture is a trend that re-emerges time after time, and storage space provides the best solution for hiding toiletries, spare towels and loo roll. But, it’s important that you don’t just buy any old piece of furniture, always opt for stylish storage so that your bathroom is not only kept clutter-free but looks great too.

Available in a range of sizes and finishes, vanity units offer a highly practical way to keep your bathroom looking neat and organised.

In a small bathroom it’s a good idea to choose wall-mounted furniture to create the illusion of more floor space and a clean, contemporary look.

Maximising space in a small bathroom

shower bath

The bath is usually the main culprit of taking up space in the bathroom, so consider opting for a compact bath to create more space. Some baths measure just 1500mm in length. Shower baths are another option, and are especially ideal for bathrooms that don’t have the room for a separate bath and shower enclosure.

Again, opt for wall-mounted items such as a vanity unit or basin and toilet to really enhance a sense of space, and to keep surfaces free from clutter. Reflective finishes also offer an easy way to create a more spacious feel by bouncing the light around.

If your bathroom is long and narrow you can make the best use of space by having a wide feature at the end of the room, which takes up the full width such as the bath or shower. Your eye will be drawn to this feature making the bathroom appear wider. Also, consider the accessories; you could introduce a large mirror to create a bright and airy feel.

Keeping costs low

The best way to keep costs as low as possible is to try and do as much work as you can yourself. This may mean that it can take longer to create your new bathroom, but you’ll save money in the long run. However, we do not recommend you tackle any plumbing work if you don’t have the knowledge and expertise. You could help though, by removing tiles or painting walls and having as much prepared as possible for the plumber.

It’s essential to plan and research carefully beforehand. Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and what best fits your requirements. Changing your mind in the middle of the job can end up costing you both money and time.