Today I am working with Geberit to answer all your questions on bathroom design. So, let us start at the very beginning.
My starting point with bathroom design is always to tackle the layout first. This means looking at the immovables within the space, such as doors and windows (unless the extent of the renovation that you are undertaking allows these to also be altered), and the soil stack - these are usually the things which will determine your layout internally as you have to work around/with them. The other thing to consider is which direction your floor boards are running, as the joists run perpendicular to these, and that can indicate what may or may not be moveable. We work closely with our trades to ensure we are getting the right advise on this.
The layout for the plumbing will then determine how you can use the other spaces in the room. Geberit have some great behind the wall systems that allow you to wall mount vanities and even toilets to create the illusion of an even bigger space. This is because your eye is always looking for the edges of a room or for contrast - and by having a wall mounted item, the edge of the space will be alluded to by the space underneath it. Your brain therefore is tricked into thinking that the room is bigger than it actually is.
Once your layout is determined, you can get to the fun stuff, like deciding on tiled finishes, lighting and wall colours. I would always recommend having a clear idea of one “look” or “vibe” that you want to achieve, and make sure that all the specifications and selections link back to this look - that way your design will have cohesion.
We do this for our clients by firstly determining their taste during our consultation. We go through their likes and dislikes in detail. This helps us gather all the information that we need so that during the design process we make sure that we are selecting and specifying the right option for our client. We ask preferences on colour, pattern, texture, aesthetic and how they want the room to function. We then distill all this information into an aesthetic direction, which helps dictate the overall look and feel of the space.
We love bathrooms with texture and warmth. It makes the spaces more welcoming and approachable. We consider the materials that we propose to our clients very carefully, as they can have a massive impact on the overall look and feel of a space. One can consider tile or stones with matt, honed or leathered finishes, textured surfaces themselves can create great drama, natural materials and metals with beautiful patina add extra layers of beauty and interest to a space. All in all, making it more inviting and considered.
Bathrooms can be very tricky to design as there are many moving parts and specifications to consider - but taking your time and keeping in mind quality will always set you off in the right direction, and if you ever need our help - just let us know!
The process required to take a room from its current state, into the finished beautiful, well considered and designed space is a complex process. Did you know that there are approximately 400 decisions to be made in every single room renovation? Multiply that by the number of rooms and spaces in your home, and then add on managing trades and sourcing the perfect pieces... this suddenly makes renovating a home a much more complex task, but worry not help is at hand. Full service interior design is for clients who want a beautiful space, executed to a high level of finesse and detail by only making a few key decisions and allowing the designer to take on the complex task of making it happen for you. Before we embark on this process, we always conduct a design consultation first, to ensure that we are the best suited for the job.
What does Full service design entail?
We simplify our 15-step process into two stages.
Each of these stages has within it a number of steps that ensure that the process moves forward in a highly organised and linear manner. Grab a cup of tea and read through our process below.
So you want to invest in your home and improve your living environment. Welcome! You have come to the right place, but where do you start from. We offer a design consultation to help you determine exactly this. Weather you are doing a full home renovation, or a single room makeover this is a great starting point. It allows us to meet in person and have upto two hours dedication to speaking about your project. If you simply need some ideas to get you started, or if you wanted us to take on the full project - the design consultation is the best place to start. 100% of our clients who have had this consultation have said that they found it to be great value and most have proceeded to engaging us for further services.
How do I prepare for this consultation?
We ask you to consider your priorities and have a think about your budget for all the changes you wish to make. We can bring some tools with us on the day to help you work this all out during the consultation. We also ask you to collect some images that you find inspiring. Check out our Pinterest board to see what is inspiring us.
What if I don't know what I want?
The consultation is the best place to start, as it allows us to properly walk through your space, and tackle each of the questions. We offer solutions and discuss their implications and practicalities as to how you use the space.
Why do we have to pay for a consultation?
During the consultation we offer specialist design advice and also take time in writing up our custom report for you. We do not want to give you advice which might be wrong, rushed or poorly considered which is why we take this seriously.
We used Peter for a consultation and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. He immediately understood what we were trying to achieve and was full of ideas as to how to do it, and at the same time wasn’t afraid to challenge us and push into different directions which we hadn’t considered but were absolutely perfect for the house. Would highly recommend - S Holstead (Nov 2020)
Peter was absolutely brilliant when it came to understanding our needs and putting some much needed shape to our ideas. Being expertly facilitated through his design process was effortless and enjoyable - highlighting our likes and dislikes, preferences and turn offs when it comes to interior design. We were extremely impressed with how much of what was in our heads could be interpreted into an actionable design palette. The report Peter produced from our conversation was exactly what we needed and encapsulated all of the sources of inspiration we needed to visualise the next phase of our interior renovation. We would highly recommend using the SpaceMaker Interiors' consultation, there is no way you will be disappointed. - H Jishi (October 2020)
Today we had a chat with Stephen, from Waterloo Bathrooms in the Wirral, about one of their most trusted suppliers. Geberit is known for many things but mostly as having a great range of behind the wall framing solutions to host all the inner workings of the bathroom. This system is called the Geberit One solution.
Despite the framing effectively moving the walls into the room by a few centimetres, it is a smart way of designing a bathroom. This is because it allows you to hide all the pipework, make up for uneven walls, integrating functionality and maximise the use of space. It all lends itself to a better-designed bathroom that is easier to clean with a more considered finish.
Some clients may have concerns about maintenance in regards to integrated and behind the wall solutions, thinking that to carry out any work you need to rip out the whole wall. The team at Geberit has thought of a solution for this too, as upkeep can happen easily through the generous access plates and the simple removal of the modular inner workings.
From medium to high-end bathrooms, Geberit is thought of as having superb quality and a vast range of solutions. It is a very well-respected brand within the industry as their products are so well thought out. Sometimes it is not immediately obvious when looking at a picture, but when you come to install, the materials which are chosen and design behind them really speak for themselves. Even their cabinetry has special consideration towards being as water-resistant and resilient as possible. They are a joy to specify for clients as you can have confidence in their quality credentials.
AD - This blog post was a paid for post by Geberit UK. All the words are my own.
What was your journey into the world of interiors?
My story starts when I was working in a high end furniture store in Brazil (where I was born). I then came to London on holiday and totally fell in love with it - so I moved here in 2005. My goal on moving to the UK was to work with the Designers Guild, but it was quite hard as I couldn't speak english. I remember that when I sent my CV to them, they loved it but my interview was rubbish due to my poor English. After that I really focused on improving my language skills, while working in other furniture stores here such as Armani Casa. One of my customers at the time was an interior designer who had a really big project who invited me to go work for her - so I did. After a while I set myself up as a solo while landing a part time job at the Designers Guild store. It really helped me hone my craft working with colour and pattern. I was working as a full time designer, but after having kids I decided to shift focus onto online service. I have a weekly meeting with members of my design courses remotely to help them with their interiors. It allows me to really broaden my reach to clients and teaches them about the process of design. All the while helping them access an interior designer without the usual price implication.
What is your process when tackling an interior design project?
I always start from the client. I need to know what they like, what their interests are, what inspires them, what brands they like. It helps me really understand my clients needs and then I can help make the home represent their own personality and soul. The rooms I design must have a great feeling. If the room I create doesnt put a smile on someone's face, then it's not a good scheme. These are my starting points, and then I build a scheme around this. It is a very involved process because the home is more than just a house - it is the place of warmth and sanctuary - so it has to reflect you and inspire you. Great design is never about just copying a beautiful room seen on a magazine, it is about so much more than that.
We have a considered layout and plan for all the pieces they may want to keep, a great space has to function properly as well as look amazing. We also discuss budget too, I always try to use the budget wisely to maximise how much bang they can get for their buck. I then develop mood boards with concepts and move onto sourcing and installation.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
My style is all about feeling good! Very floral, colourful and patterned. Some may say playful with an Alice In Wonderland twist. Now clients that come to me, know about my style and love of colour therefore I never have that negotiation with a hesitant or reluctant client as what I do is very clear. I am happy to encourage my clients to be braver and more confident with their use of colour. We discuss their psychology and what the options for introducing colour and pattern are.
What would you say is the biggest no-no in interiors?
Just copying something without properly applying it to the space. You need to consider the differences in light, orientation and functional demands on a room before you just buy something for it - otherwise it is just generic. Oh and I also can't stand crushed velvet!
How do you think interior design is represented by the media?
I think it's good that people are getting inspired by interior design on social media and on TV. It helps them create happier spaces to live in and that is always a good thing. Sometimes on TV shows the limitations of time and money really challenge you, because you know that you could do so much better if only you had an extra few days or a bit more budget. The other good thing is that it inspires people to pursue careers into interior design, which is fabulous.