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Achieving the right balance

There are so many decorative decisions to be made when planning a new bathroom or ensuite. What style do you like? What is the latest look? What fits the space? ….. and the list goes on!

A major bathroom or ensuite refurbishment is one of the more costly home improvement projects (after the kitchen). Understandably you want to ensure that what you pick, lasts. What is just as important is getting the right balance – the balance between style and practicality, as well as finding the look you feel comfortable with.

Well thought through materials and finishes are one way to achieve this individuality. Another way is to decorate the bathroom in a way that truly reflects those that live in the home. Many worry that the décor shouldn’t be over the top as it could be difficult to sell on in the future – but that shouldn’t stop you embracing your own tastes – you can always redecorate to buyer-friendly shades should you need to further down the line.

Consider and work with the space you have – physically observe the various elements and this will help with choosing the materials that work best. For example, patterned floor or wall tiles could inspire a new colour palette, or the original flooring could become the basis for your material choices. It is also important to review the amount of natural light your bathroom receives which will help decide how much artificial light to introduce and where. Take stock of the ceiling height and any architectural features such as the number of doors and windows and then review your surroundings – everything from the view outside the window to the décor in the adjoining rooms.

Sanitaryware still remains predominantly white though coloured sanitaryware is creeping back in. Colour, or splashes of colour, can be introduced via walls, floors, and accessories. There is plenty of choice available so how do you decide which is right for you? Dark colours tend to be in heritage or classic tones such as navy, dark green and charcoal and work well on walls in Victorian or Edwardian homes. Feature pieces such as a freestanding vanity unit or bathroom cabinet can take brighter shades. Colour can also be introduced by installing a glass splashback behind your basin. If you are more comfortable with neutrals, add texture through textiles, decorative details, and accessories.

Introducing contrast is another option. If you like the idea of a monochrome bathroom then consider mixing in some softer shades such as a subtle grey or pastel pink as they can really make an impact. Similarly, marble is a great way to add texture and contrast simultaneously and it delivers a timeless look again and again. Whatever your decision, make sure you ask for or order samples online or visit bathroom showrooms so that you are confident of how the materials you choose will look in situ.

26th Sep 2022