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Friday 10 February 2012

Planning & decorating your bathroom - An introduction

The bathroom can often be overlooked when it comes to planning and decoration, yet it is a space that is used on a daily basis by the whole family - for getting ready for the day, having a relaxing soak in the bath or perhaps an invigorating and refreshing shower. A bathroom should offer and opportunity for relaxation and tranquility, so it needs to be a private and peaceful environment for everyone to enjoy.

Careful planning and research are the key factors in creating a bathroom that's right for you. You need to consider all the options and variations that are available, so you can come up with a plan that suits your needs and requirements, as well as meeting a realistic budget you can work to. It is vital to consider who will be using the room - will it be a busy space for the whole family, or a relaxing peaceful retreat?

It is a good idea to start with a scaled plan to help you work out the exact measurements of your bathroom and hence the space you have available. It is very easy to make a plan of the room yourself using graph paper. Cut out the items (such as a bath, wash basin and so on) that you will beincluding in your bathroom in scale with the room plan you make. Many bathroom companies feature these scaled plans in their catalogues or can often help you to plan and design a bathroom that suits all your requirements. They will also help you to work our realistic spaces for the areas you are designing - for instance, it is important to allow atleast 50cm of space infront of the wash basin and adequate elbow room on either side. Make sure you note down all the permanent fixtures on your plan, such as doors, windows, radiators and plumbing points. You can then work out how the bathroom features fit and work best within the space you have, trying out different option and variation.

Inspiration: 100 Bright Ideas for Bathrooms byTamsyn Weston
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