The fascination homeowners often develop with design is often all-consuming, and it’s easy to see why. The way things move, the way textures complement each other, the interplay of colour and space and shine; a well-designed and curated space can seem almost otherworldly in the right hands. This is especially true for bathrooms, which by their very natures are meant as bastions of privacy, and in that way, serenity from the busy world outside.
Our bathroom is where we bathe, where we prepare for the day, and where we experience being truly alone most frequently. So, if you’re lucky enough to have control over the design of a bathroom, why not make it absolutely perfect right from the very beginning?
At Tilemall, we stock an expanded selection of tiles of all shapes and sizes, as well as beautiful vanities, bathroomware and more. Thanks to that, we’ve had the pleasure of working with businesses and homeowners across Australia in bringing their perfect bathroom to life. So, whether you’re beginning this journey for the first time or just want to brush up on some fundamentals, let’s take a look at the most important elements in a beautifully-designed bathroom.
Learn to Love the Layout
Have you ever walked into a space and just felt like everything is in perfect harmony? Terms like feng shui and minimalism get thrown around a lot, but in a far simpler way, this sense of cohesion comes from having a human-centred layout.
What Do You Mean By Human-Centred Layout?
In decorating a space, we often find ourselves being very imprecise with the way things are structured. We want immediacy in function, often at the expense of real depth of use. A human-centred layout is one that takes into account precisely how a room or space will be used and then builds everything around those functions.
Take a look at the space you are working with, and get a feel for the room and the immovable pieces within it. Whilst doing so, picture the actions that you will take most, and write down the essentials you will need to achieve those various simple goals. Will you have a bathtub and a shower? Are you someone that requires a full lavish vanity or will a simple, smaller basin suffice?
Once you have these ideas in mind, you can start to think about how each element would need to be structured to avoid intruding on the function of the others. Remember that having various elements that are too large for the space will lead to a cluttered environment right at the very foundation. It’s best to have too much space which can then be filled, rather than having a filled space that can never truly feel sparse.
Once you are comfortable with the flow of the room, and each part feels like it can be moved between freely, you can then move on to deciding upon the more aesthetically-minded parts of your new bathroom design.
Vanities Are More Than Vanity
Whilst you may associate a large mirror with self-absorption, the reality is far more useful. Vanity mirrors are an exceptional addition to any space, making your bathroom feel larger through the use of mirrors and light. So, in a large bathroom space, they act as a beautiful focal point that is making excellent use of the ample wall real estate, and in a small bathroom, they will make the space feel more open, large and welcoming to the eye. In either case, you will come out feeling fantastic about a vanity mirror.
The Beauty of the Bath
There are some things that toe the line between beauty and function, and just as a good living room has its luxuriously comfortable sofa as its anchor, a beautifully designed bathroom will have a bath to match. This is the first option on our list that may be considered truly optional by some if they prefer showering to bathing. However, even in cases such as these, for those that are trying to create a truly next-level bathroom, we would still recommend considering a bath for variety, convenience, functionality, and style.
A well-made bath is a work of art, simple as that. With dozens of classic design styles and a wealth of customisation options to select from. Just remember that any bath is going to invariably become a focal point of your bathroom, so you need to make sure you’re happy with what it brings to the table, both in form and colour.
The Touch of Tile
Whether you’re a terrazzo tile lover or a connoisseur of the classics, the bathroom tile is a design work institution with no rivals. We have simply decided as a society that tiles are intrinsically connected to the bathroom and kitchen experience, and anyone who has truly seen a tiled space used correctly knows why.
Tiles are adaptive, coming in practically any and every design style under the sun. Whether you have a need for texture and stone or smooth, unblemished marble surfaces, there will be an option that suits your particular proclivities. Nothing in the home design space offers the same immersive depth of choice as tiles, which can be customised in a nearly limitless number of ways. The truly determined among us could have a different type of tile for every few inches of space and still be able to coat an entire room from floor to ceiling, and with the ability to paint tiles, that variety becomes all the more wonderful.
There’s no such thing as a universally perfect bathroom, as there’s a strong taste and preference factor to be contended with. However, there is a perfect mindset to bathroom design, and it is the drive to create something that can be used easily by real human beings. You spend a lot of time in your bathroom, and you owe it to yourself to love it. So, go out there, and really give it your all; you’ll thank yourself when you’re done.Want to learn more? Check out the Tilemall tile and bathroom blog for new tips and tricks every single month.