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Update Your Bathroom With These Easy Design Guidelines

Author : G Green

Updating your bathroom designs involves more than just deciding what colour bath to pick! A re-design gives you the opportunity to transform the layout and make room for a separate shower and more storage units. The first step is to plan the design.
If you're sticking with the same layout, make sure you measure your bathroom carefully before you go shopping for a replacement so that you know the new items will fit. Re-plumbing and re-wiring will push the cost up so stick with the existing service points if that's possible although this may be unavoidable if you want to change the positioning of the bathroom suite.

First decide on the correct place for the bath and/or shower. If your toilet is in your bathroom, decide where this will go and then position the washbasin. Once the fittings are planned you can work out how to use the remaining space which, in modern bathrooms, may be quite limited. Some kind of storage, either cupboards or shelves – preferably both is required for toiletries, cleaning products, toilet rolls and children's bath toys.

If your bathroom is spacious you may also keep clean towels and your linen basket in there.

Choosing the bath and basin can be a time-consuming task. Even if you're not opting for something like a jaccuzzi spa or freestanding bath, baths come in all shapes and sizes oblong, rolltop, corner, curved, wider at one end than the other, shower baths and colours. Unless you desperately yearn for a particular colour it's best to stick with white. It's clean-looking, inoffensive and will go with any colour you decide to use for paint and furnishings later on.

Taps also come in a bewildering array of styles – choose a design that will complement your bathroom. Before making your final decision on the bathroom suite it is helpful to check your plans with your plumber to see if there are any potential snags with the designs you have picked. Even if your window has frosted glass make sure you have a curtain or blind with 'blackout' lining unless you want neighbours or passers-by watching the silhouette of you bathing, washing or worse. When it comes to decoration, remember to specify grout & Silicone that is resistant to mould, a good silicone product for this is Everbuild Forever White Silicone. Similarly, choose paint and wallpaper that will stand up to heat and steam.

Pale colours do brighten a small bathroom, especially one with no natural daylight but it's fun to experiment with colour. Add a large mirror across one wall, especially the wall opposite the window, will help make a small bathroom look and feel much bigger and lighter. Floor coverings too come in all types of material and colour but avoid carpet which is impractical and unhygienic in the bathroom.

If you're installing a shower either as a separate feature or above the bath – investigate the different types before deciding which to choose. If you have high water pressure you could opt for a thermostatic shower which is connected direct to your hot water system and keeps the water temperature regulated.

An electric shower system heats the water itself and is mostly used above the bath. Power showers will give you the ultimate shower experience, even if you have low water pressure. Look for a non-slip surface in both bath and shower. Speak with your plumber and find out that the drainage can take the amount of water your shower is producing an overflowing shower tray can cause serious problems. Above all, the main thing to remember when redesigning your bathroom is choose a design that works for your lifestyle.

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