Inspiration

Compact inspirations

It is true that good things often come in small packages. However if your current position is one of frustration and annoyance at the tiny proportions of your bathroom, and you are struggling with design and practicality issues, we can help.

If you would also like to create a vision of beauty, and an air of stylish triumph, we recommend you read on because we have created a perfect post for you.
Introduce a splash of nature into the design of your tiny bathroom. This is a superb way of complimenting the design and adding a refreshing and relaxing feeling of open and airy space. A zing of bright green against a clean white and earthy slate grey backdrop that are thrown in for warmth and texture enhances the overall ambiance.

Small mosaic tiles create a feeling of increased wall space, as a large volume is required to fill the expanse! The illusion of a larger space is achieved and the effect is dramatic. In terms of cost, tiling or covering your small wall space from corner to corner or wall to wall will cost a lot less than in a larger bathroom.
When choosing a vanity, whether it be custom made or prefabricated, consideration needs to be given to overall look, design and function. Basin design and space for accessories, lotions etc need to be kept in mind.

Even though a bathroom may be small it is still possible through the use of innovative design, and appropriate choice of product and colours, to create the illusion of having more space while still maintaining a very practical layout solution.

Bold inspirations

For bathrooms, the trend in colour is more. “It used to be that there wasn’t a lot of colour in the bathroom, so more colour is definitely a newer trend,” says Jamie Drake, interior style guru and author of New American Glamour. “You still see a lot of the white, crisp spa-like solutions, but even those often have bright accents.”

Neutral shades such as cream, beige and taupe have long been popular colour choices for the bathroom because they wear well and fit easily into any design scheme. But these safe colours are giving way to bolder palettes that create a cheerful, fun place to wake up to every morning. Jamie is using lots of what he calls “bright pastels with a presence” — vivid lavender, Caribbean turquoise and vibrant Miami Beach peach — for the bathrooms of his high-profile clients, who include Madonna and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

While bold can be beautiful, it’s not necessarily for everyone. “Colour is crucial in creating different moods, so I create a range of palettes for a wide variety of lifestyles and looks,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Colour Institute, an interior design industry leader in forecasting the hottest colour trends. “Colour forecasting is about reinventing the ways you put colours together so you get a fresh, clean feeling, without abandoning the hues that fit your personal taste.” While we’re going to see more and more colour in the bathroom, certain timeless guidelines still apply. Don’t rule out those cool spa colours quite yet. “Some people will always like the soothing blues, blue-greens, greens and blue lavenders that enable tranquillity and relaxation,” Leatrice says. “Ultimately, your choice of colours boils down to your expectations of what you want in a room that suits your comfort level.”

Modern inspirations

The bathroom is the last great escape and a part of the house intended for privacy.
It is also a place where we can find relief for our stressed out minds and bodies after a busy working day. Immersing oneself in a half-filled bathtub has long been the custom for relaxing and feeling ‘rejuvenated’ once again. Fortunately, a bathroom’s use need not be limited to just personal hygiene. It can also be a temporary sanctuary and quiet space for meditation and solace. So you might want to consider additional design ideas, product and colour options for your bathroom to maximize comfort, space and aesthetics.

Get the room to a spa-like ambience with upscale amenities that include granite countertops, modular storages, stylish lavatories, vanities and some lifestyle features. Elements of neutral colour palette also bring out the modern appearance of the bathroom. It can be marked with class and be undoubtedly elegant in terms of design feat. Modern designs escalate your experience to a more luxurious way of relaxing.

And last but not least, there are many style options to choose when setting up a design for your bathroom. You can pattern your design based on your personality or go with something that can alter the kind of plan you have in mind yet make it still visually attractive. But if you have the availability of space and budget then modern designs might just be for you.

Classic inspirations

If you take a look at the latest trends in the interiors market, there is no escaping the fact that there is now a definitive steer towards traditional styling. Many are now opting for a more nostalgic theme throughout the home when it comes to deciding on a new interior scheme.

While contemporary design can make a great impression if used in the right setting, it can often lack in comfort and personality. With this, there is no doubting that traditional styling is on trend once again and there is no better place to embrace it than within the bathroom! Not only is a heritage look being applied to living areas through replacing existing wallpaper, soft furnishings and accessories, but major projects that require a significant investment including the kitchen and bathroom are also following suit.

Traditional design as we know it has actually developed over the years and no longer does it have to involve dark shades of colour and gloomy burgundy, dark green and blue tiles. It now involves applying a fresh, neutral backdrop that allows the fixtures and fittings to take centre stage. Using a paired down colour scheme will still enable your bathroom to have a dramatic effect, but the overall finish will be enhanced through the addition of beautiful accessories along with elegant brassware.

Natural inspirations

Natural materials bring an earthy feel to a room, evoking a calm, spa-chic atmosphere. Continuing the wood from the floor into the bath creates a seamless look. Having a bathroom design which has been inspired by nature can provide an ideal environment for relaxing in the bath, or starting your day fresh with a rejuvenating shower surrounded by elements from nature that have a positive effect on the mind and the body. In order to create your own nature-inspired bathroom, you need to look at the use of colour, natural elements, accessories, lighting and furnishings within the room. All of these aspects play a huge part in the ambience of the bathroom, and you need to think carefully about each one to make sure you get the results you’re looking for with your newly designed nature-inspired bathroom.

You have quite a wide variety of choice when it comes to colour selection for your bathroom, ultimately it depends on which particular elements of nature that you want to capture in your room. For example, if you like the early sun on a summer’s morning then you could go with a soft yellow palette, or if you prefer the sights and scenery of a forest, the browns and greens make a perfect mix.

Obviously it goes without saying that you should be incorporating elements from nature into your bathroom that will result in a nature inspired ambience. Use of natural elements such as wood and stone really complete the setting. Don’t forget to add plants as well. Having plenty of greenery in your bathroom helps to make a fresh atmosphere.