Before you get started on designing your dream bathroom (have you seen these great bathroom inspirations?), read these words of warning from architects, interior designers and builders.
In my bathroom, I would never…
1. “Overlook good heating and ventilation. A bathroom needs to be a pleasure to be in. Start with sunny orientation for a warmer, happier start to the day, and windows that open where possible. Add underfloor heating if you like to be really toasty,” says interior designer Sonia Simpfendorfer, Nexus Designs.
2. “Use stone tiles in wet areas. They need to be sealed, which is an extra cost, and need on-going maintenance down the track,” advises builder David Jonas, Jonas Construction.
3. “Use a surface-mounted exhaust fan. It ruins the clean lines of an interior. I would always integrate the exhaust into the strip in the ceiling; it’s really functional and can run the full width of the bathroom,” says architect Dominic Alvaro, Woods Bagot.
4. “Put a freestanding bath against a wall or in the corner – even if space is tight. By their nature, freestanding baths should be accessible all around, otherwise water droplets and dust turn to mould very quickly,” says kitchen and bathroom designer Darren Genner, Minosa.
5. “Underestimate the importance of a bathroom as a space to dwell. The bathroom is an extension of the living spaces. it’s ultimately a space to relax and escape, and should be treated in a manner that encourages people to spend time in it. I would ensure my bathroom includes access to natural light and a private outlook with an integrated sound system,” suggests architect Juliet Moore, Edwards Moore.
6. “Skimp on good-quality taps, baths, toilets and basins, as well as a good floor. If you have to save, do it on the walls,” says interior designer Meryl Hare, Hare + Klein.
Need more tips? Here are some tile inspirations for a striking bathroom: