What You Should Never Scrimp On In A Bathroom Renovation

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As the place where we start and end our day, the bathroom is a functional and important part of the home, so it should definitely add a bit of joy to our lives. After the kitchen, it’s also the area where we’re likely to invest the most money, so consider carefully what the space needs to deliver and how you want to feel when you step inside it.

As with any renovation, planning is essential and there are some things you should never scrimp on, according to House Beautiful‘s resident interior designer, Andrew Griffiths, founder of interior design studio A New Day.

‘As a general rule don’t scrimp on items that come into contact with water. Go for decent-quality fittings that will last,’ Andrew says. ‘That’s not to say there aren’t bargains out there, but do your research.’

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The Omnia freestanding bath is cast in BC Designs’ exclusive Cian material which is highly durable, stain resistant, non-porous and scratch resistant. Better still, the distinct but subtle rim allows for the exterior to be painted in any colour. The tiles are Memphis Porcelain Coral from Ca’ Pietra.

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As with any project, you should always be clear on your budget. ‘There are lots of elements to juggle, so knowing your limits can help you work out what to prioritise and where you might have to compromise. If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl flooring can be a great option. You can achieve a really stylish look for a fraction of the price of tiles,’ he adds.

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Mediterranean 595 Emilia Vinyl from the House Beautiful collection at Carpetright. Perfect for a bathroom, this geometric, tiled design uses a mottled monochrome colour palette of white and dark grey.


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Mediterranean 573 Evora Vinyl from the House Beautiful collection at Carpetright. This classic Mediterranean design features dark blue, grey and black tones on a white base.


And one more really important thing, choose your bathroom light fixtures carefully. Bathroom lighting can often be overlooked but it’s essential that you implement a layered lighting scheme.

‘Don’t default to a ceiling full of downlights as your only lighting source,’ Andrew warns. ‘Instead think about layers of light to create different moods, just as you would with any other room. Make sure you get the right IP rating too, appropriate for where the lighting will be positioned.’

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Wide Pillar Wall Light, Davey Lighting via Original BTC

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If you feel you may need help in making the most of your space, it’s worth consulting a bathroom specialist or interior designer, or try out an online visualiser to help you design a space that works best for your lifestyle.

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