15 Bathroom Design Ideas
If your dream is to create an en suite bathroom that is both useful and attractive, then here are some design tips that will help you to achieve your goal.

1. Mirrored Bathrooms Walls

Mirrored walls in the bathroom can be used to reflect light, and so make the bathroom look bigger – and they can also reduce the cost of expensive tiling!

2. Consider Built-in Storage

Built-in shelves can be both functional and stylish. The photo shows a good example of how this can be achieved, showing a bathroom installed in a new-build house constructed for £170,000.

3. Solid Bathroom Surfaces

It is currently more common to find this type of surface being used in kitchens, but the clean and water-resistant properties of solid surfaces are being used increasingly in bathrooms.

4. Make a Statement with Bold Bathroom Tiles

The illustration shows how tiling can be used to transform the appearance of a bathroom. In this example, encaustic-style cement tiles, supplied by Rustico Tile & Stone (USA), have been used alongside wall mirrors (Rupert Bevan) and a mirror-finished bath (Drummonds).

5. Expose Raw Materials

Another way of saving money on tiling might be to simply apply paint to bare walls.

6. The Master Suite

One design option when building your home is to incorporate your bathroom as part of an all-inclusive suite which also includes a master bedroom and a dressing area. The photo illustrates the way in which colour can be used to unify such a semi-open-plan space.

7. Clever Bathroom Storage

It is essential for the appearance of your bathroom that surfaces do not become covered with clutter, and this can be avoided through the clever use of space for storage. Consideration should also be given to finding an unconspicuous home for the laundry basket, as shown in the photo below.

8. A Stylish Steam Room

An alcove can be transformed into a combined shower and steam enclosure through the installation of body jets. The photo below shows the ‘Exclusive Solutions ES300 Sliding Door Recess Option’ provided by Aqata, complete with a tiled seat.

9. Partial walls

Partial walls can be used in a bathroom design for a number of purposes, which include hiding plumbing, providing a backing for sanitary ware and dividing a large bathroom into zones. As with any alterations relating to a bathroom, care needs to be taken with the routing of hot and cold water supplies and the removal of waste.

10. Solutions for Sloping Bathroom Ceilings

Some renovated spaces incorporate a sloping ceiling – particularly loft conversions – and this shape can be used for the purpose of designing in storage or plumbing space. The adjoining photo shows an example of a bathroom incorporated within a loft conversion, with stylish tiles being used to emphasise the angle of the ceiling that forms part of the shower enclosure.

11. Shower screens

A shower screen can be used to enhance the look of a bathroom, as well as to serve a functional purpose.

12. Alcoves

An alcove can serve as an ideal location for a shower, as the illustration shows.

13. Basin Ideas for Kids

A true family bathroom should include design features that are appealing to children. An example is the use of vivid colour in the photo below; this particular bathroom unit, by HI-MACS, also uses an acrylic stone material which is both water resistant and hygienic.

14. Maximise natural light

Undertaking a new build or an extension from scratch enables you to plan exactly where you want to position windows, so that you can maximise the use of natural light – not forgetting considerations of privacy, of course!

15. Timber-Clad Bathrooms

Wood cladding, also known as timber cladding, has gained popularity in recent years, although care should be taken when using wood materials in a damp environment such as a bathroom, and such cladding should not be used where it might come into direct contact with water. The same restriction does not, however, apply to cloakrooms.