Bath­room de­sign

Think about your daily rou­tine for the best so­lu­tion

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - ADVICE - Words Robyn Wil­lis More Mi­nosa De­sign, mi­nosade­

“Elec­tri­cals (for hair dry­ing) and d wa­ter t sources are not a great com­bi­na­tion. You’re bet­ter off with a bench­top with a big mir­ror and a sin­gle basin.”

But if there’s one bath­room es­sen­tial no one wants to see, it’s the toi­let. Dar­ren says it’s worth think­ing a lit­tle cre­atively about where to place the most im­por­tant seat in the house.

“No one wants to see the toi­let in an open-plan bed­room suite,” he says. “If the space is big enough you can put a wall in the mid­dle of the room with the basin on one side and the shower or toi­let be­hind it so that you can have two peo­ple in there at once with­out im­ping­ing on their pri­vacy.”

Be­yond the ba­sics, most of us are look­ing for a sense of com­fort and even lux­ury in our bath­rooms. This has led to the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of free­stand­ing baths. But Dar­ren says they’re not for ev­ery­one.

“Aus­tralians have a real af­fec­tion for free­stand­ing baths but if you can’t clean around it, it’s not the best idea be­cause the dust that col­lects turns to mould fairly quickly,” he says.

Large for­mat tiles are pop­u­lar with clients look­ing to min­imise grout lines, although mo­saic tiles still fea­ture heav­ily, es­pe­cially as a fo­cal point on walls.

On the other hand, he says, un­der­floor heat­ing has prac­ti­cally be­come a stan­dard in­clu­sion for many peo­ple look­ing for a lit­tle warmth un­der­foot.

“It’s al­most pre-printed into the con­tract,” he says. “Peo­ple also want silent ex­trac­tor fans — we want every­thing calm and serene.”

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