The bathroom is the hub of your home. It’s where you get ready, pamper yourself or just take time out. While it should be functional, you also want it to be a space where you enjoy spending time.
To transform your bathroom, it’s important to plan. Whether you want something for the family, a personal sanctuary or a bit of both, we’ll take you through the essential steps to help you create it. We’ll also show you how to complete the look with Mondella’s coordinated range of bathroom ware.
1. Gather your thoughts
Before you start designing a layout or choosing your fittings, work out what type of bathroom you want. Be realistic about how it will be used and consider the style so that it matches the rest of your home.
Think about what you absolutely must have, what you really want and what you can do without. Do you need mixers or taps? Do you want a bath or is a shower enough? What about more storage, extra hooks or a heated towel rail?
Browse the internet and design magazines to get some inspiration. Collect everything and make sure you keep a notebook handy to write down your thoughts.
2. Talk to the experts
Now that you have a clear idea of your bathroom, speak to a few people in the know. They’ll explain what to expect and give you an idea of how much it’s going to cost.
Plumbing is a big part of the renovation process, so consult a licensed plumber because they can tell you what’s achievable. Electricians can give you advice on safety and even suggest ideas for heating. While a tiler or flooring expert can help you choose what flooring will best suit your space and ensure the bathroom is waterproofed appropriately.
3. Work to a budget
Once you know what you want in your bathroom, you’ll need to settle on a budget. If you’re planning a full renovation, choose a bathroom style you can afford. Also consider budgeting for a partial renovation that you can update later. You could even make some small changes with new fittings or even just a coat of paint. Plus, it’s always worth including a buffer to allow for all the little expenses that may pop up along the way.
4. Get the look
When coming up with a look for your bathroom, remember that less is more. A streamlined, uncluttered space will always feel more spacious, no matter what the size of your bathroom.
Think about your overall style. Keeping your base colours neutral and adding splashes of colour with towels and accessories adds to the look and can easily be refreshed.
When choosing colours, start with the walls and floor and choose your tiles or paint as a base. For tiling, remember the larger you use, the bigger your space will look. If you’re planning to paint, make sure you use a type that’s suited to high moisture levels in a confined space.
Once you’ve settled on your base colours, you can then choose your fittings and furniture to match. Make a note of all the specs, like dimensions and installation requirements, which you can share with your plumber and any other tradies.
5. Make plans
It’s vital that you take measurements of your space before purchasing any products. You’ll then need to assess how different components will work together in the room, where they’ll fit and if you’ll need to adjust your design to suit your fittings.
Sticking with your existing plumbing can save money, so spend the savings on getting the look you want. However, it isn’t always a major cost to make some small changes to plumbing lines. If it’s going to give you a better bathroom layout, get some estimates and decide if you think it’s worthwhile.
6. Get down to details
Now that you’ve made the big decisions, it’s time to focus on the details and complete the look. They’re the finishing touches that will add texture, warmth and style.
Bathroom ware, like taps, showerheads and towel rails, not only add functionality but can also enhance the look in your bathroom. Whether it’s modern or something more traditional, Mondella has a range to suit any style. You’ll find everything from taps, mixers and showerheads to hooks, shelves and towel rails.
Also think about small storage units, window dressings, light fittings and any other decorative items to add the perfect finishing touch.