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Iceni Magazine | July 2, 2022

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Tips to a Functional Bathroom Design

Functional Bathroom Design

The bathroom is a highly-used space in the entire house.

The area is usually on the smaller side, so keeping it straightforward and functional should be a rule of thumb in the design layout. Planning out space and considering the process flow inside the bathroom should be paramount in renovation or construction. Identification of your non-negotiables in the area can be the framework of the design and layout. It is also where the sizes of the significant fixture and accessory will be anchored.

Practicality and aesthetics come into play in a functional design. Here are significant areas of interest that must configure your definition of comfortable space and your userโ€™s needs.

Bathroom fixtures

Deciding on shower, washing and toilet fixture is crucial. A walk-in bath can be a combined option for a family that showers (3/4 bath) and requires a tub (full bath) at the same time. Consider preference over a single sink or a double sink. Suppose a single bathroom is at play for a large family. In that case, double sinks can cut tasks in the morning because the bathroom feature can cater to routine and multiple activities such as brushing, vanity and washing to all family members.

Never fall into the pit of buying cheap tap, shower fitments, toilets and sinks, especially for large families. These fitments are in constant use and subject to wear and tear. Buy the best you can afford instead of going thru the hassle of replacing them; in the long run, it’ll be more costly, especially for built-in vanity and enclosed bath units.

Storage space

Bathroom spaces, may they be large or small, should be able to make you feel cosy. Your private me-time moments are spent in this space; it is just right the room gives you that priceless feeling. Storage spaces must be enough to embody that feeling of an organised and a decluttered space. Everyday necessity must be accessible. There should be high ease of putting items where they should be, keeping bathroom spaces tidy.

In tight spaces, multifunctional storage spaces can work harder than stand-alone counterparts. A mirror with organisational vanity racks and a built-in working surface saves floor and wall space.


Lighting can visually soften hard surfaces prominent in the bathroom, such as glass, tiles and mirrors. Essentially, the bathroom needs enough ambient light to carry out routine bathroom activities. Ensure that lighting is adjustable to practical to soft, mood-enhancing settings. Mirrors can have built-in task lighting; this can give optimum light to carry out activities such as shaving and putting on make-up.

Colour and patterns

Be risky and embrace the colour and pattern for your private space. These elements give character to your bathroom. Consider patterned tiled flooring in hues that represent you and your family. There are a lot of colourful basins and baths out there. The colour combination should be able to evoke stimulation in the morning and relaxation at night.

Incorporating functionality into your bathroom design is indeed a practical way of constructing or remodelling your bathroom. It can reduce stress and chaos for your family, bringing order and calm into the area. It can shave time off your bathroom business and routine, making bathroom breaks relaxing and fun.

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