Remodeling Bathrooms: More on Design, Colour and Lighting
This bathroom renovating article, part 2 of a 3 part series, will be discussing bathroom design, colour and lighting. These are three equally important parts of the layout of any room as each should support the other. Countless bathroom design ideas are available on the internet and in design magazines, selecting a layout that will fit your style, space and budget can be simple and an enjoyable process.
Last week we touched on planning and consulting specialist bathroom suppliers and plumbers. This week we'll be looking closer at bathroom designs, decorating and bathroom layouts.
CHOOSING YOUR STYLE
Have a look at several bathroom designs. With hundreds of bathroom styles and design ideas available online, choosing a layout that matches your personal style, space and budget can be simple and an enjoyable task. Look at friends' houses for bathroom design ideas while you visit them, visit homes for sale, check out design publications, and also the Internet for inspirational ideas.
POINTS TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DESIGN
If you need to address the challenge of compact bathrooms and the requirements of those with mobility problems, look at installing walk in baths or oversized showers as part of your renovation.
A good bathroom needs proper ventilation and plenty of natural light - bathrooms should be fresh, clean and enjoyable areas. If you have an internal bathroom with no windows, invest in proper extraction and have your extractor on a delay switch. This way it keeps extracting fumes a minute or so after you've switched off the light.
Bear in mind shape, size and layout when choosing sanitary fixtures, often oval or rectangular basins will be more suited to small bathrooms. Aim to accommodate the space you've got by re-decorating it in a practical way. Make sure to have enough space for storage and towel rails.
Should your existing bathroom has timber panels and cupboards, a white stain and new handles can give an instant contemporary feel. Be sure to use suitable sealants that can handle humidity and mould.
In larger bathrooms a bright or dark accent colour, for instance on a mirror frame or picture, can draw one's attention to a focal point. If space allows, add a chair in a corner and create an interesting sitting space.
A dedicated vanity light, centre above your vanity mirror, is a great way of spreading an even light over your face for make-up and general grooming. Visit a reputable lighting supplier to find out more about battery operated models – this way there's no need for expensive electrical work.
Down lights on a dimmer switch and spread over the ceiling can give a good general light. Try and avoid putting a light above the foot of your bath as this will irritate the eyes when you soak in your bath tub.
If the budget allows, invest in a heated towel rail, there are different shapes and sizes, and some models have built-in energy saving features.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bennu Smit is based in Gordon's Bay, South Africa, and runs COREbuilding, a home improvement and home building directory and information site. Having been in the property valuation industry, and having 10 years experience with Architectural firm Marcus Smit Architects, has given him a good grounding and broad based knowledge of the built environment.
He is still active as a draughtsman in the construction field and this helps keep him informed of current building products and methods.