The bathroom has come a long way in the last 100 years. Once only the privilege of the rich and wealthy, the bathroom is now an essential part of every home. But far from retaining its position as a simply functional add-on to the comfort present elsewhere in the home, contemporary design is giving the room a real makeover.
The right bathroom can add value to your home, so it is well worth investing both time and money in. The bathroom is something of a sanctuary from the pressures of everyday life, so getting bathroom design right can elevate an average home to a truly special one. But what can you do to make sure your bathroom is hitting all the right notes when it comes to being bang on trend?
Ray of light
Bathroom lighting is a difficult balance to get right; too dim and it is completely useless, yet too harsh and it creates an unpleasant ambience. Experts suggest the best way to achieve a balance between design and practicality is to fill the room with different light sources. Under unit spots, over-mirror lights and gentle lamplight around the bath can give coverage without one source becoming dominant.
Statistics show that more of us are bringing social media into the bathroom, so it is no surprise that technology companies are planning to capitalise on our need to stay connected. So it might not be long before we are all watching especially water resistant televisions as we soak in the tub.
Heat it up
Avoiding old-fashioned heating in the bathroom is a must if you are to create a contemporary space. Budding DIY-ers can contact specific manufacturers to get the best look and feel, that fit the bill or they might consider space-saving towel racks or even budget-stretching under floor heating to achieve an up to date look.
While power showers continue to be popular, contemporary design demands that the bath is as impressive as its overhead counterpart. Free-standing baths in sleek oval designs are the order of the day for truly cutting edge bathroom design.
Although it all depends on available space, house type and budget the message is clear: don’t be afraid to make a design statement in the bathroom, just as you would in the rest of your home. You could even try and grab a beautiful old fashioned bath from an Northern Ireland architectural salvage company like Period Homes.