Whether you’re renovating or starting from scratch, tick-off these boxes and you’ll have a bathroom which pairs practicality with style.
1. Clever layout
Map out your floorplan early and size up the bath, shower and vanity to ensure there’s plenty of clearance between fixtures and there’s good flow to comfortably move around the space. If the bath is going to be a feature, consider a prime spot – under a window is ideal.
2. Hardwearing surfaces
As a high traffic area where moisture can build up, you want durable surfaces which are easy to clean. "Opting for an engineered surface over a natural one will help preserve the refined look of a bathroom overtime, by resisting staining, scratching, water, mould and rust," explains Sacha Leagh-Murray, General Manager of Marketing, Laminex ."Essastone and Laminex laminates can both be used on bathroom surfaces to achieve a sleek, sophisticated look without the added maintenance and stress of conventional marble or tiling."
3. Super storage
One of the keys to a super sleek design is ensuring there’s a place for everything. When choosing a vanity, look for a style with deep drawers and use dividers to create easily accessible sections. A niche above the bath and within the shower provides a sleek easy clean alcove for storing soaps and shampoos, while open timber shelves filled with freshly folded towels add day spa luxury.
4. Stylish tapware
“Chrome tapware is a popular choice but consider more luxury finishes such as stainless steel, brushed nickel or aged brass,” suggests Luke Di Michiel, GWA Bathrooms and Kitchens Industrial Designer. “Not only do these finishes look great but they also reduce annoying finger and watermarks.”
5. Generous mirror
A large mirror not only assists with daily grooming but helps bounce light around the room and enhances the sense of space. Opt for a mirror generous in scale and for added functionality choose a shaving cabinet style with recessed storage behind.
6. Layered lighting
A good lighting scheme is essential. Include task and general lighting with a combination of wall and down-lights. Up the luxe factor with a pendant, or an accent light by the vanity.
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