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Key points to consider when re-designing your bathroom

Bathrooms are so much more than a functional space these days. The trend for a spa-like space shows no sign of abating but before you undertake the task of transforming your workaday bathroom space into a sanctuary worthy of an interiors magazine, there are a number of practical considerations to take into account.

Depending on your budget, your choice of bathroom furniture will be dictated by the existing plumbing; a wall-mounted sink or floor mounted bath taps may require pipework to be moved. If space is limited combining a sink with cabinetry or fitting a countertop or semi-recessed sink are great space-saving options and create a clean, streamlined look.

Wet rooms and super-sized walk-in showers are currently very fashionable but may not be wholly practical of you have a family to consider. If you choose to have a bath in your new bathroom, make it the focal point of the space. Freestanding tubs are very popular at the moment and look fabulous in larger bathrooms, while a classic style bath with a shower over might be a more practical solution if space is at a premium.

Huge ceiling mounted waterfall showerheads any be the mainstay of design magazines, but ask yourself if this is going to be practical for you. There’s no doubt that they look fantastic but the added option of a second hand held shower head is much more useful when it comes to washing hair, kids and the shower itself. Similarly you may wish to consider a bath and shower mixer tap option for your tub.

Once you’ve dealt with the practicalities of your bathroom design you can start looking at softening and warming up what can often be a sterile space. Bathroom lighting has to be functional but wall lights and candles are a great addition for a more spa-like ambience. Soft pastel colours add warmth while textures from towels and other accessories break up the starkness of white sanitary ware.