Essentials for your bathroom design | New times


It’s a fact that in your lifetime you would have spent around 92 days or more in a bathroom, according to a study that was done on 2,500 people who spent an average of one hour and 42 minutes a week in a bathroom. bathroom. It is a worthy call to me to design stylish and comfortable bathrooms and help customers achieve them on budget. A bathroom and a kitchen are the most sought after areas when buying or building a home. They can dramatically increase the asking price for a home. This leads to 10 essential elements to consider when designing a bathroom.

Storage room

Instead of having many small items all over the room, along with a toiletry bag and a small basket with combs and accumulated items, it is ideal for creating more storage space and having a home for your children. articles. Built-in cabinets create a well-thought-out finish and can be extended to line up with your door, 2100mm total height. This creates space for storing towels, gowns, first aid kits, toilet paper, soaps, and bathroom cleaning supplies. By doing this, your bathroom appears more airy and cleaner.


Sit on the toilet, sit in the tub before purchase

You can look like a jerk for those 30 seconds, or longer if you want to, but the truth is, you are the first-hand person who will fall victim to a poorly designed tub or baby potty for a toilet bowl. adult toiletries. Bad designs exist and they look like gold in a store with good lighting. Doom arrives at your doorstep with a slip stating “non-refundable”. Sitting in a tub will help you gauge how your body structure responds to the tub, just because it’s large doesn’t mean it’s well designed. Your neck should be secure at an angle and the handles should be within reach. If you have little space for a tub, go for an extra deep design.


A beautiful, well-placed mirror can bring a bathroom to life. Try to explore new shapes and new mounts, you can search for a specific style and search for it. Styles can range from a rustic finish to a plain wood framed mirror. It doesn’t have to be expensive, as you can find planks around your house or junkyard and engage in making the frame or have a carpenter do the project for you. Other styles include contemporary and industrial which would add a very expensive touch to your bathroom. A good mirror with warm wall lights will give your bathroom a warm feeling which also serves a functional purpose.


If you are building or renovating a bathroom, it is a good idea to use your given space to its maximum use. Even a small bathroom can handle maximum potential depending on how you cater to it. The walls are not only used to support and divide the rooms, you can drive the wall 80mm to 150mm during the construction stages. This creates a niche that can be used to store ornaments and products on the go. When working with a small space, use rectangular design for showers, sometimes we make small shower stalls and leave a random little corner that is useless but stores dust, instead extend the shower from wall to wall. other and create a walk-in shower to live. If you want to have a tub and shower but have little space, install a tub instead and have a ceiling shower head in the tub space, this way two options are always available to you at instead of having a very small shower and a cluttered tub. A glass door or curtain can be used to divide the shower section of the tub to keep the exterior dry.


No matter how well finished your floors and walls, poor lighting can obscure the space and make finishes loathsome. The type of lighting should complement the finishes and provide sufficient lighting for you to maneuver. The pendant lights can be used by the mirror depending on the height of the ceiling. Wall lights with their own switching point allow you to have a dimming effect after a stressful day, look for warm yellow lighting if you desire a calmer effect in your bathroom. Recessed white LED lights can be used for general lighting as they consume less electricity and generally brighten up the space.


This is where you usually store your 101 products, but you only use 3 per day. Vanities can create a good focal point for the bathroom. Have a minimum of products on the counter by allowing storage space below. A nice faucet with durable handles is essential. Some faucets can be beautiful but consume too much water which is an earthly delight. Water saving faucets are available and can be purchased online. A beautiful little potted plant can be displayed to add some greenery to the space. Uzi Blossom, made in Rwanda, offers amazing potted plant options depending on the customer’s needs. If you have little space in the bathroom, move away from cabinets that are resting on the floor, instead opt for wall cabinets that have space underneath, this creates more legroom and gives the impression that the space is bigger. Woven baskets can be used to neatly store your essentials


My rule of thumb about materials: “If you can’t maintain it, don’t buy it”. Marble is a beautiful product, but many forget that this requires good quality cleaning products. Marble, granite and other stone materials come from the earth and do not tolerate harsh detergents and chemicals well. These are durable yet delicate finishes that can last depending on how you feed them, this is clearly a sensitive topic for me. If you saw the process of mining them, you would join my comfort group promoting safe cleaning materials for these gemstones. On another note, it is important to note who would use the bathroom as this determines the quality of maintenance. If you know you won’t have enough time to clean your bathroom, avoid small mosaic finishes or small square tiles. These can be beautiful but require maintenance. Invest in larger finishes or seamless tiles, they are easier and faster to clean.


It is important to note who uses the bathroom based on age, as different age groups have special needs. The functionality does not end with today’s use but extends to the future in three years and 10 more to come for family homes. With this in mind, multifunctional ideas should emerge in the design, one example: children tend to enjoy baths and can share a bathtub. It might be ideal to install a tub that can accommodate a shower later. If you decide to sell or rent your house, your tenant will have both facilities.

Shower seat

A shower seat can be etched into the wall with a gap of around 450mm, or it can protrude from the wall and have a tiled finish. The shower seat can be created in the bathroom for safety reasons. This is ideal for people who cannot stand for an extended period of time due to physical needs. It is also a good safety measure for pregnant women as they may need to reach their legs for a good scrub, I can only imagine that while sitting. The luxury reasons also call for a shower seat. New shower models have emerged which provide a hammam effect. The seat can also be used to store your shower essentials.


Good design promotes safety in the quietest way. Have the construction crew make sure the edges of the finishes are rounded to avoid sharp cuts. Showers may have rounded stainless steel caps to smooth the edges. Make sure flooring has a good grip when wet, do your research before going to the stores. Sometimes I memorize a fact or two about a product, when I walk into the store and ask the salesperson, he is a little puzzled and ends up calling the specialist or manager at hand, and this is usually followed up. of an exact selection that inclines to my need. The specialist can keep dropping more terminology thinking we’re on the same page, which is good too. It gives me more terminology to use in the store next door.

These are the essential basics to guide you. A good construction team will be needed, as well as good Pinterest tables to communicate your ideas.

The author is a qualified interior designer based in Cape Town.


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