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!