tricky bathroom problem – simple solution

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For anyone who has ever tackled a bathroom renovation they know that it’s more than just picking out some nice fixtures and fittings and trying to stick to your budget. As a professional designer I’m always on the look out for simple solutions to tricky problems.

I’m currently working on a project where I’m using a large format floor tile in a narrow bathroom. Traditionally a small circular floor drain requires the tiles to “fall” in more than one direction towards the drain so you don’t end up with pools of water on your floor. This is not possible using large tiles without cutting them at specific points which defeats the purpose of using a large tile in the first instance.

By using a channel drain like the one above the tiles can fall in one direction. Available in varying lengths and widths they provide a simple solution to a tricky problem. I have specified the ‘smart tile’ linear grate on my current project which allows a piece of tile to be inserted into the top of the grate leaving a very minimal gap around the perimeter for the water to drain into and visually reducing the impact of the drain. Depending on the positioning and design of your bathroom it can also eliminate the need for a step down into the shower alcove.

floor art for your bathroom

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If you have a very basic bathroom then consider paring back all the extras to just one.

I often feel people think they need to pump a room full of accessories to make it interesting. Not always the case.

The addition of a simple talking point like the bathmat above immediately lifts this space.

The neutral backdrop of the large format grey tiles makes adding anything to a space like this easy so don’t feel confined to making your accessories match your space.

Even the bath sponge looks as though it’s been plucked from the mat. Have a bit of fun.

seasonal bathroom

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Bathrooms don’t have to be victims of function over form and expression.

Overscaled elements such as the vases and foliage work well in this large space but if your space is tight you can still create impact by using elements like this in isolation.

With modern joinery techniques cupboard fronts can have just about anything printed on them and can be easily interchanged. Why not consider a seasonal response with cool colour combinations during the warmer months and warm colour combinations during the cooler times of the year? This could be achieved by using a neutral backdrop and utilise one or 2 interchangeable elements and complimentary sets of accessories.

Who says that you can’t keep a spare set of vanity doors in the linen cupboard with your spare towels?