If you are going to bathroom renovations, you must make informed decisions and that means knowing the key points of the perfect bathroom: coverings, sanitary ware, shower, faucets… Let’s review!
The bathroom is, along with the kitchen, one of the rooms that are reformed most of the house. There are many ideas and trends to renovate the bathroom and, although we can make small changes in the bathroom without works, changing the look radically, implies, in most cases, that the workers will have to enter the house and that we will have to have a comfortable budget to do so. It also means that we have to plan the reform very well and make the right decisions to not regret the result (and the money invested) and avoid having to make a new reform in a short time.
To have a bathroom 10, beyond styles or specific models you choose, there are aspects that you should know to take into account in planning the reform of your particular spa. It is necessary to know well the different types of material, its durability if they are cleaned well; the distribution and necessary measures for each element, choose the colors, combine textures, decide if we want to be suspended or standing toilets, if the mirror will have a more decorative shape or if it will cover an entire wall, the number of cabinets we need, create lighting adapted to each corner (in the sink area more powerful to be able to see us well at the time to fix us and in the bath, lower to relax while we take a bath) and, above all, that the most important thing: That the bathroom is functional, because, with the rush of everyday life, what interests us most, in the end, is if it is comfortable to use.
So you can make a reform with total peace of mind and rejoice every day of the decisions you made (and the money you invested in them), in this article we go through the bathroom reviewing all the points to consider to make this room is as beautiful as functional. Take paper and pencil and take notes, we tell you everything so you do not regret anything.
01 THE SINKS
They are usually 50 cm, although there are maxi and sculptural ones that are out of the norm and minis for narrow toilets (even up to 20 cm wide). Choose between a recessed or countertop design, but you should also pay attention to the materials: porcelain -generally white-, resins -which provide color-, metal or stone. You can also create a single-piece countertop and sink as in this bathroom with natural or synthetic stones (such as Corian or Silestone) or with micro cement. If you install two sinks in the same front, think that between the centers of each one there should be a minimum distance of 60 cm for comfortable use.
02 THE MIRROR
It is one of the essential accessories. You can choose the design you want, size, and shape. Perhaps you should only take into account that the ones with simple molding in small bathrooms are more appropriate (they provide more lightness). The larger the mirror, the more spacious the bathroom interior.
Whether it is a design of work as in this country style house, open and with shelves, a sink only with a lower shelf, or a closed cabinet with doors and drawers (overhanging, with legs or floor) it is essential that you think about what you are going to store in it. It must meet your storage needs. They are usually 50-60 cm deep. The height is determined by the height of the washbasin (generally installed at 80-85 cm from the floor, although it can be modified according to the height of the user) and the length is determined by the space required. Finishes: wood, lacquer, glass, melamine… If you refurbish the bathroom, as far as the furniture is concerned, take into account two aspects:
- Distribute the interior with shelves and drawers, better compartmentalized.
- Plan whether you need to install sockets inside, for example, the hairdryer, shaver, or electric toothbrush.
In the bathroom, you should plan the lighting well. It is always better to use LEDs to save money and to make each zone independent, so that you can turn off the lights you do not use, for example, while you are taking a shower. Take advantage of natural light, if the bathroom has a window. You should think about ambient, functional, and spotlighting. The first is decorative (strips on the vanity unit when it is overhanging), the second is the general light on the ceiling and the last is the one that illuminates the mirror area, one or two sconces that do not dazzle but allow you to see well while your makeup or shave. As for lighting, check the IP rating of the lamps you choose because in the bathroom you have to take it into account for wet areas or in contact with water.
05 THE FLOOR AND WALL MATERIALS
A whole world to choose from: from ceramic, porcelain stoneware, synthetic stone, natural stone, vinyl… Pay attention to the quality and characteristics of each one. The rectified pieces eliminate joints which improve cleaning over time (and maintenance) and more unity is achieved. It is the same as with micro cement, which is a continuous material with which you can make the sink or bathtub of the same finish as the floor and walls. Combine materials, choose just one, play with tiles that provide textures and volumes … Do not put limits to the imagination! To get it right, choose a maximum of 3 finishes.
Here there is a lot to say if you are going to reform the bathroom. The choice of materials will define the style but you can also choose the materials according to the style you want. What do you have more clear? Natural stones always bring elegance. Wood (natural or in materials that imitate it) gives warmth. Textures modernity, mosaics can be classic or modern … You can combine! And if you are not sure, take a look at the bathrooms we show you on the web for inspiration or hire a decorator.
Toilet and bidet are the “ugly pieces” of the bathroom but fundamental. Built-in cistern toilets are visually lighter (perfect in small bathrooms) because the cistern is integrated into the partition itself or in a 20 cm thick wall. Always install dual flush to save water. Overhanging toilets also clear the floor. There are also compact or more voluminous floor-standing designs for bathrooms where space is not scarce. If you can not put a bidet but do not want to do without it, use toilet models with an integrated cleaning system or install a specific faucet next to them.
08 SHOWER AREA
It is one of the corners that should be well planned in a bathroom reform because it is used daily and should be comfortable. Ideally, it should be at least 1 meter wide and never less than 70 cm. The faucet is installed at a height at which it is comfortably handled standing – as the shower is used. Think about whether you want the showerhead (the bigger the better) installed on the wall or on the ceiling as the pipe routing varies. In front of the shower area, you need a 60 x 60 cm clear opening for easy access.
Its main function is to insulate the shower and prevent splashing. It is essential that it is watertight and that safety glass is installed. But aesthetically there are many options: from technological screens that darken when they are used to other screen-printed ones, with hardly any profiles or with very marked ones, such as this one with an industrial look and metal profile enclosure, model Levity.
10 SHELVES OR NICHES
If you are going to reform the bathroom is something you should consider. It is very practical to create a shelf or niche of work -as in this house in Melbourne- in the shower area to keep the bottles always organized and you do not have to bend down to get one when you need it. A depth of 15 cm is sufficient. There are also bathroom mixers that incorporate shelves.
Built-in with the front coated or free-standing. To place a bathtub you always need to have a larger bathroom, although there are also mini designs of 1.40m long. Freestanding bathtubs are the most desirable because they show their lines. They have the faucet installed on the floor (for which you have to plan the tap and the drain) or on the wall. It is important to choose a floor that can withstand water splashing around it.
12 MASONRY BATHTUBS
Do you have a small bathroom or a complicated floor plan? Don’t give up having a bathtub for this reason! To make the most of the space, the best solution is to opt for a built-in bathtub. You can make it the size, height, and shape that best suits your bathroom. From the classic rectangular to a square and, why not? triangular. In addition, you can choose the materials for both the exterior and the interior of the bathtub and unify them with the rest of the bathroom, as they did in this bathroom with polished microcement. Our advice is that you always resort to a professional for the work because you will avoid many headaches with inflation.
13 MULTIFUNCTION PARTS
If you don’t have space to spare in your bathroom, opt for designs that serve multiple functions. For example, a cabinet with mirrored doors (as in this classic and modern style house) that serves both to look at you and to store all your cosmetics. You can also find benches with storage, mirrors with lighting, towel racks with shelves…
14 COLOR OF TAPS
Choose them of quality but in the finish you prefer. The most common are chrome but there are copper, gold, or the most in trend, black taps. It is important that they incorporate water-saving systems such as a flow reducer or aerator. If we talk about taps for the shower or bathtub area, the thermostatic ones allow you to set the temperature so that you never burn yourself and get the water always comes out as you want.
15 TOWEL RADIATOR
Two in one: it heats the bathroom and towels and also serves as a towel rack so you avoid installing other accessories. Plan where to place it. The closer to the shower or bathtub area, the more convenient it is. There are many designs and sizes, as well as finishes. You should make sure that the distance between the tubes allows you to place the towels you need.
16 SPACE SOLUTIONS
They are the ones that personalize, make your bathroom different, or give it meters. Think if you can replace a partition wall for fixed glass, create cabins inside the bathroom, make a bathtub area with a shower attached… The bathroom of this house, as elegant as natural, communicates with an adjoining area but maintains privacy with a slatted curtain.
17 OPEN BATHROOMS
When the first open kitchens to the living room appeared, many people resisted this proposal, and today it is fully accepted. Opening a bathroom to the bedroom? It may seem strange to us now, but many interior designers’ rules are already betting on this solution. If you do not dare to put the bathtub near your bed, there are other options to open the bathroom less risky, such as doing it in a dressing room or an area for exercise.
18 EASY TO REPLACE
We know that the bathroom is one of the rooms that are most difficult to renovate because it involves doing works. But, if you choose to cover only the water areas with tiles, you can give it a facelift in the future without it being so tedious. Just by painting the walls a different color or putting up a special bathroom wallpaper, you’ll have a new look for the first time. In the picture, a wallpapered bathroom in a Madrid apartment was renovated by an interior designer.