Bathrooms have long ceased to serve a mere utilitarian purpose. They are one of the most important aspects of the house in terms of design and identity.
One of the most important aspects of designing a bathroom is, segregating the wet and dry areas well. If you have a long, rectangular bathroom, you should follow the linear pattern wherein the sink area is right at the entrance, the water closet next, and the bath area in the end. It’s generally a good idea to stick to the classics, while designing a bathroom.
Here are some of the basics to keep in mind while designing your bathroom:
Like the showers, it is best to use steel for basic accessories like towel rods and toilet roll holders.
Fancy mirrors, vanity area and the lighting could set the tone. If space is not an issue, put in his-and-hers double vanity, which is the combination of the basin, cabinets and mirror. This increases the luxury quotient by many notches. While upping the style quotient, it is imperative to use water-proof material for cabinets below the basin.
You could go for a dual tone on the floor and the wall tile, to add class, and introduce recessed lighting behind the mirror.
While working on the style quotient, you should not compromise on the storage below the basin. You could also add shelves beside the mirror, in a stylish manner, to add to the look and utility.
Tones & Surfaces
The colour scheme should always be based on whether you want a luxurious look or a cool relaxing look . White, beige and black-and-white are classics. You could also opt for shades of blue, green or yellow. Avoid dark tones in bathrooms, as they aren’t conducive to relaxation.
While setting the tone, ensure you use a rough finish tile for the flooring, to avoid slipping when there is water.
For the wall, you could opt for large glossy tiles in marble or granite and use decorative tiles to create a highlight section. Gold chip tiles are great if you want an ornate look. You could also opt for a beige and chocolate dual tone bathroom to add to the luxurious feel.
To complement your tiles and tones you could choose glass/ceramic/ stone basins. For showers and faucets, the sleek steel look is the best. For the toilet tanks and showers and taps, we suggest you choose fittings that come with water-save options.
Wall-mounted shower panels look great, but if you plan to install rain showers or pressure jets, ensure you install a pressure pump and and the plumbing is able to withstand the pressure
A Jacuzzi is great if you have a large bathroom, however, it is vital to ensure that the area between the tub and the floor is waterproofed well, and there are no leakages. Also the water draining path is an important factor to look at while planning the drainage of a jacuzzi and a shower panel.
While a bathroom offers various design opportunities, it is also one of the most challenging parts to build. The trick to get it right is to ensure that the water and ventilation is managed well.
When you are designing your bathroom leave provisions in the plumbing for future upgrades. Another important point to ensure is, that your water heaters match the capacity of your shower fixtures. So, don’t buy products without seeing them in person.
Ensure that the ‘U’ bend trap is placed properly underneath every sink or toilet. Here’s what a U-Bend trap actually is. Underneath every sink or bath there is a U-bend trap, which always retains a certain amount of water, preventing unpleasant sewer smells drifting back up the pipe – the water acts as an impenetrable barrier for such smells. The same principle is used for the toilet –each time it is flushed, everything is forced round the bend in the bottom of the toilet, leaving enough clean water to act as a barrier that prevents smells.
Most modern style washrooms have a concealed cistern these days. Here are the advantages and dis-advantages of the same:
– Maintenance is perceived to be a problem but can be overcome with a well designed access panel or concealing it within a bathroom vanity… well designed concealed cisterns can be hassle free In maintenance.
With these pointers, we really hope your bathroom planning is eased.
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