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Top 7 Considerations when designing a bathroom

Designing your new bathroom isn't just about the obvious stuff, such as the colour of the bathroom suite. As we’ll explain, there are other elements that you need to consider to help you to create the perfect bathroom design.

1. Space

Fully utilising your available space is essential. Even with limited room, you must make the most of the space available to you and this is where good design is essential.

Positioning is important – where will your fixtures go, and how much leeway is there to move them and once fitted, can you still move around the bathroom comfortably?

Also, consider storage and how much you actually need, often ‘less is more’! There are plenty of inventive ways to maximise your bathroom storage whilst not taking up too much space and can you add ‘creative’ storage solutions by building your storage needs into cavities in the wall for example?,

Make sure your design considers all storage opportunities available to you and often these are not the obvious, but they will depend on the structure of the building itself.

2. Size

What matters here is getting the balance right between the good use of the space available and the design of the room. Getting a good balance between design and functionality is the key to creating a room that will see the test of time.

Always design with function in mind.

3. Light

Your bathroom lighting should not be an afterthought. Lighting is hugely important in bathroom design and is one of the golden three things you should always pay attention to. These are Lights, Tiles and Mirrors. Get one of these wrong and you will not get the most from the bathroom

You don’t have to settle for just one type of lighting in your bathroom. Other than the functional ‘spotlights’, you also need to consider more subtle mood lighting to enhance your bathroom as a place to relax in.

4. Colour

Colour choice in the bathroom is one of the key decisions you will have to make and the choice can be daunting. Do you want to go bright and airy or do you fancy dark and moody? Also, when choosing your colour and finishes, consider the amount of natural light available in the room and how you can best use this. With good design, you can even make a darker bathroom into a design statement which you will be proud of.

What’s the key to bathroom colour design? Tiles. Bathroom tiles are versatile and come in a broad range of finishes, sizes and colours. Chosen correctly, it is the tiles that will add that extra wow factor to your bathroom space.

5. Access

Should you future-proof your bathroom? Bathrooms should always be safe and accessible and support all mobility or disability needs. A well designed bathroom will look great as well as offer enhanced safety and accessibility.

Modern solutions for bathroom access involve non-slip surfaces, supporting features, wider entrances and wet-room options, but without compromising on design appeal.

6. Budget

A great looking bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth. The important thing is to make your budget work for you and to spend it wisely. Having an appropriate budget is essential to start your project off but making sure you don’t use it inappropriately is essential!

You’d be surprised at what an experienced, innovative bathroom designer can achieve to help with this.

7. Who Will Design Your Bathroom?

Choosing a bathroom design company should perhaps be top of the list. You need to feel confident that they are acting in your best interests, are offering design solutions to fit the space and size of your bathroom and are happy to work within your budget and timescale.

Most importantly, you should have good rapport with your chosen designer, they should be approachable and trustworthy, making the process as stress free as possible.

Alfred Fraser Bathrooms & Tiles are your local trusted bathroom design and installation specialists in Manchester, providing an end-to-end bespoke design and installation service to give you the bathroom of your dreams.

Call 0161 794 0771, email or visit

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