Creating the ultimate dream bathroom where you can relax and unwind after a long, stressful day may not be as difficult or time-consuming as you think.
Here at CashLady, we have come up with our top 10 tips to help you rid yourself of that olive green tub and design the dream bathroom that you deserve.
1 Inspiration for your dream bathroom design is at your fingertips…
Not sure what style to go for? Or what would look good in your home? Most, if not all, shops now have their product range online, so you can flick through styles without having to leave the comfort of your own home. No more catalogue collecting necessary.
But do not just stick to retailers for your inspiration. There are some great interior design bloggers out there, with bucketloads of images to inspire your design.
2 Pinterest is great for saving your dream bathroom ‘clippings’
Pinterest, a virtual pinboard which is available both online and as an app, is a great way to save your favourite images that you come across in your searches on the web.
Make sure you take a look at other dream bathroom creators doing the same thing…
3 Dream big…
The planning stages are when you can really let your imagination run wild. List everything you want and save pictures of styles you love.
This is the time where you can allow yourself to envisage 5* luxury.
4 …but know your budget
Now that you have an idea of what you want in your dream bathroom, make sure that you set a budget and stick to it.
This is the “trimming down” stage, where you can take all of your ideas and make them more manageable for your space and budget.
Remember, your dream bathroom does not have to cost the earth.
5 Understand what you are working with
Measure your bathroom and think about what you need. Consider if you have enough space for a separate bath and shower or whether you are really going to be able to fit in that double sink.
It is no good spending ages looking at corner baths and walk-in showers, if they are not going to fit into the space you have available.
6 Think about how you use your bathroom now
If you only take a bath once in a blue moon, it probably isn’t going to be necessary to install a bath.
Conversely, if you love long baths with a glass of wine and a good book every Saturday night, doing without a bath may be a compromise too far.
Unless you have a very large space and an unlimited budget, this stage is going to be all about prioritising.
Your dream bathroom needs to work for the whole family. Your shower-loving hubby may not be too pleased if you fill the space for the walk-in shower with a corner bath.
7 How do you see your bathroom being used in the future?
There are no two ways around it. Installing a bathroom can take a large chunk of your income.
Make sure you are happy that what you are installing now, is as ‘future proof’ as it can be.
For example, you may want a walk-in rainforest shower rather than a bath now, but will this be practical if you have children in 5 years time?
8 Install a dream bathroom that will add value to your home
You may like that lime green sink but will it put off potential buyers in the future?
A well thought out bathroom can add value to a home. A bathroom that can only be viewed with sunglasses on, may well do quite the opposite.
9 Remember the walls
The colour you choose to paint your walls and how much of your bathroom you tile can make a real difference to the final feel.
Spend some time looking at different tile designs and considering how they could complement the completed look.
10 Waste not, want not
Finally, think about what you can save or reuse.
If your bathroom floor is in good condition and you can incorporate it into your design, why would you pay for a new one?
Just because you are creating your dream bathroom, it does not mean that every single thing needs to be replaced.