Utopia chats to industry experts for the lowdown on bathroom design
1. Site planning Ensure that everything works together in the room before installing. Check things such as whether the depth of the sink gives the required space in which to wash, and if the sanitaryware allows enough floor area to move around. Items like a heated towel rail can be strategically positioned to be reachable from the bath, shower and sink. Also, the WC should be carefully positioned, preferably so as not to be a focal point of the room.
2. Lighting effects There needs to be easy-to-use general lighting, task lighting – such as above a mirror for make-up/ shaving – and mood/ambient lighting for the evening or while bathing. This will make the space feel larger and gives each item of sanitaryware its own identity, with features such as low-level LEDs in a shower, or next to a WC as a night light.
Anita Kohn is an interior designer at Living in Space 020 7722 3131 | www.living-inspace.co.uk
3. Storage This is really important, but often ignored! Such facilities need to be planned in at the concept stage, be it shelves in a mirrored cupboard above a basin or a vanity unit below a sink.
4. Mirrors mirrors Use them for practical reasons – such as above a sink – and to act as features within the bathroom – such as splashbacks – but don’t go overboard with lots of them in an effort to make a small space feel larger.
5. Make your match The style of the sanitaryware and taps needs to be consistent and can create the character of your bathing space, but do consider practicality when choosing. For example, if limited dimensions are an issue, perhaps a wide but narrow oblong basin could be used, ensuring that you have adequate room to wash while still suiting the space. Taps and ironmongery need to co-ordinate throughout the room too. For example, a tap spout must emit the water in the right spot and all the brassware should match finish-wise – being all satin or all polished chrome.
From dinner to décor, here are a few of Anita’s favourite things…
I’ve got my eye on... a bespoke rug to add character, colour and texture, with a softer look and feel.
My guilty pleasure is… picture frames to make a space look interesting. I don’t like clutter so I put them in one place.
My perfect dinner party meal would be… a BBQ. I love their versatility, and enjoy using indoor and outdoor spaces.
My most hated chore is… emptying the dishwasher. As useful and easy as it is to fill, it can be really annoying to empty!
My pet hate in décor is... plain neutral surroundings that have no character – but easily remedied with texture or colour!
For design inspiration I go to… Materials Lab in London W1, where the ‘feeling’ aspect of finishes can be appreciated.
I wouldn’t be without... table lamps – as low-level mood lighting, or in addition to brighter lighting as a focus for reading.
My favourite building is… the Gherkin in London designed by Lord Foster – a real landmark and a sign of progress.
My most extravagant home buy was… the living room furniture, but it is where I live and relax every day.
I can never have enough… cushions – they bring a room together and can be changed to give the space a different feel.
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