1 – take the time to think
Allow enough time up front. Whether it’s a renovation or a new build, if you are planning a new bay room decor, it is important that you are clear on what you want. Remember that in general, a bathroom decoration “lasts” between 15 and 20 years.
So a mistake in the choice of tiling can have consequences: take the time to plan your new bathroom decoration. If necessary, draw a sketch or even a plan, either on paper or on a computer. This allows you to become aware of the real space you have and allows you to avoid the mistakes of the past or on the contrary to reproduce what you liked previously. See if you want to connect your bathroom to your bedroom or if you want to make your bathroom or guest bathroom. Play with the different options available to you: now is the time to do it.
2 – Analyze how you use it
Analyze your needs. Who and how many people use this bathroom? Because it is very different to consider a bathroom for two rather than a family bathroom where children should also be able to feel good. It is the same in the case of an elderly or disabled person: each occupant must be able to feel at home. In the latter case, it is important to pay attention to the choice of bathroom furniture for the shower and toilet, as well as to barrier-free access.
3 – Get inspired in store or via the Internet and magazines
Spend time in stores, on the internet, or flipping through magazines for inspiration. If you are clear on how you are going to use this bathroom, you can look for models. In modern bathrooms, it is not mandatory to place the tub along the wall. It can be central. The low walls also have a very contemporary feel. They can be used as a screen or splash guard for the shower. Also visit the stores where the bathrooms are displayed. Finding yourself physically in a real setting can give you other ideas, allow you other solutions. If you don’t know of any such place, ask your plumber. He may give you the name of his wholesaler, which will allow you to go and see the baths, sinks, toilets, etc.
4 – Note your desires, even the craziest
Write a wish list. Make a list of what you want in your bathroom. What accessories do you have in mind? Would you perhaps like a double sink with plenty of storage space? Or a walk-in shower? Could you do without a bathtub to save space? Have you always dreamed of underfloor heating? And what about a bath, a jacuzzi, a sauna or a hammam?
5 – Take a long look at the question of light
Take the time to analyze the lighting in your bathroom. Do you have daylight in your bathroom? Were you satisfied with the way your previous bathroom was lit? If so, what did you like? Do you prefer direct or indirect light and spot lighting above the sink? Think carefully about how you are going to light your mirror because it is better if there is no shadow when you look at your reflection.
6 – Choose the right tile
The right floor covering is a real topic in itself. Planning to install tile is important. What tiles do you want? Be careful not to give in too quickly on a very colorful and original tile because your tastes may change. And you might get tired of tiling that lacks subtlety. It is probably better to opt for a so-called timeless tile.
7 – tackle the question of multimedia
A large flat screen in your bathroom? Not really. Although there is. But you might want to listen to music when you are in your bath or the radio in your shower. Think carefully about the electrical connection. Electrical outlets should not be too few. And if you opted for Bluetooth speakers (which also exist with rechargeable batteries). These can be placed anywhere and require no installation effort. And then if you go further into the smart and connected home, you can learn how to easily control heating, lighting… from your bathtub for example!
8 – don’t forget the comfort
Priority to functionality and practicality of the bathroom does not mean forgetting comfort. In recent years, bathrooms have moreover looked more like spas or wellness institutes. Comfort is an important issue there. Natural materials like wood, lots of daylight, beautiful textiles and soft, soft colors flatter the senses. To add heat, you can install a bath. And even a parquet, it is no longer a heresy to make this choice of flooring in your bathroom. It has almost become a must!
9 – Ask for quotes
This gives you an idea of the prices and allows you not to have any unpleasant surprises at the end of the service. It is always interesting to have several proposals. Bin obviously, the cheapest provider is not necessarily the best!
10 – Think of everything!
Do not forget. Here are all the points summarized below:
- Don’t rush your bathroom planning.
- Why a new bathroom?
- What is the available space? If necessary, make a plan.
- Who will use your bathroom?
- Check out models for your new bathroom, get inspiration from magazines or the internet.
- What wishes should the new bathroom meet?
- How should your bathroom be lit?
- What tiling are you considering?
- What if your bathroom was suitable for multimedia and connected?
- Ask and get multiple quotes.