5 mistakes to avoid when designing bathrooms

Theses are the pitfalls to avoid before you take the plunge …

Not feeling the love for your bathroom? Replacing the whole suite with a swanky new design is a big undertaking (both time and moneywise), so if you’re taking the plunge it’s important to get it right.

We caught up with Neil Curtis, Senior Designer at Ripples, to find out how to avoid those common design mistakes and make a splash in your bathroom for all the right reasons.

The bathroom will be your new favourite place to unwind before you know it …

Mistake 1: choosing the wrong tiles

“A tile will look very different on its own in comparison to how it looks when it’s in place in your bathroom. It’s absolutely vital that people think about where they want their tiles placed, the colour and the size, before they make a final decision. This will have a huge impact on the overall design of the bathroom.

“When it comes to tiling there’s a lot more to think about than people first realise and the style of the room will impact which tiles you should choose. If you’re looking for a contemporary finish, then I’d suggest you look at rectified tiles, the thinner grout lines will give you a crisp, clean finish, through-body porcelain tiles (where the tile is the same colour throughout) will ensure that you don’t need to use tile trims, and if you have a smaller bathroom, try using larger tiles to create a bigger feel.”

Mistake 2: using incompatible products

“For example, not understanding your water system will hugely affect what someone can buy (eg gravity fed systems, combination boiler and pressured systems). Knowing what type of water pressure you have and how it’s supplied will allow you to achieve maximum flow rates in your new bathroom.”

Mistake 3: not considering use and lifestyle

“Always ask yourself how you use your bathroom, who uses it and how much time you spend in there. For example, if you have children, try looking at low-line baths, or perhaps if you have a lot of beauty products, think about bathroom storage solutions that work in the space you have.”

Mistake 4: neglecting those finishing touches

“I always suggest that people retain a small amount of budget to allow for finishing touches as these will really help to perfect the bathroom once it has been fitted. It’s important to think about doors and door handles, lighting, window seals, blinds and shutters, and paint too. Sometimes things like this can be overlooked and they make a huge difference.”

Mistake 5: not spending enough money

“As in all walks of life, you do generally get what you pay for. Cutting costs will inevitably impact in the longer term. Spending more on installation should be a high priority as the single thing most likely to ruin a bathroom design is how it’s fitted. If you scrimp, the designs might not become a reality.”

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