What kind of lighting is best in a bathroom? “Bathroom lights can be tricky, as they need to be IP [Ingress Protection] rated,” Emma Merry says. “As a rule of thumb, you have to think, if I can physically splash it with water, it needs to be a sealed light. As we typically have small bathrooms in the UK, I always specify closed lights due to the steam and moisture. “If space is at a premium, then lights within the wall cabinetry or a smart mirror is an effective solution to this issue,” she continues. “I also often find some great alternative bathroom lights in the exterior lighting section.” Think about having different lights for different moods. “If your budget allows, use more than one lighting circuit,” Sara says. “We often use low-level night lights on a sensor, so you don’t need to turn on the main lights at night.” While the electrics are being fitted, she adds, consider including a shaving socket to charge your electric toothbrush. You might also like Expert Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Lighting.
What sort of heating should I choose? As your bathroom floor is likely to be a cool, hard surface, it’s worth considering underfloor heating, but Cat suggests it’s teamed with a towel radiator. “Ideally, go for piped [wet] underfloor heating, but for a small space, electric [dry] with a good control system can work well,” she says. “We almost always advise some sort of dual-fuel radiator/towel rail, too, so it’s warmed by the central heating during the months that that’s functioning, but also has an immersion/electric heating option, so you can still dry towels during the summer months.” You might also like What You Need to Know About Underfloor Heating.
A tray-free shower can be achieved by building a platform above the plumbing and slightly sloping the floor of the shower towards the drain. More expensive than a tray. Even with a shower tray waterproof the floor beneath. If the shower is open at all cold air will be felt when showering unless the room is well heated. Fancier wall tiles here make the shower a feature
White wall tiles are given a lift by using chrome trim around window and edge of bath. The white wall tiles were a budget option as the floor tiles were more expensive and dramatic. Glass blocks create the window providing light with privacy. A ledge around the bath for a few items - avoid clutter. Under eaves storage for other stuff.
To stay within a budget you can choose to spend money on either floor tiles or wall tiles if you want to make a statement. Rather than on both.
This diamond-shaped design was the answer, as it protrudes far less into the space and slots neatly into the slim shower tray below.
Add storage at the end of the bath
Building storage around the washbasin/sinking washbasin into a unit Walls are white metro tiles
Luxury vinyl tiles - LVT
Laminate is one of the most affordable materials
Slate floor tiles
A sliding door for a utility area shared with another room
Using the space at the end of the bath
Matt black and Matt white
A less clinical look
To avoid cutting tiles, stop before you reach the ceiling.
Tadelakt plaster on the walls, which is waterproof
Small bath with shower. Shower curtain is soft fabric as walls and floor are fully tiled and can cope with a few splashes. Fully tiled cos it’s a small space
A half wall separates the snow and provides something to attach the loo to.
Use the dead space at the end of the bath for pull out storage
Frameless shower screen
A bank of Mirrored cabinets bounce light around And provide storage, and a fitted look. In a small bathroom the bath will probably go under the window, under a sloping wall, or in the corner.
A woven rush mat works well in a bathroom as the rug loves to soak up moisture
Vinyl sheet or tiles is an affordable option for bathrooms
Use of brass in the bathroom
Fired Earth wall and floor tiles
Victorian style in the deep colours
Polished nickel mixed with brass
A curbless shower with linear drainage running along the shower entry Frameless glass doors Polished nickel san ware Tiling continues over a shower bench
Shower is 6’ 2” x 3’ 6” Range of shower heads in polished nickel Tiled Bench in the shower Tiling is double herringbone pattern Frameless glass doors Niches in the shower wall
Dramatic grey green walls, a pink unit, brass fittings, and scalloped white tiles.
Tiles laid in pairs in a herringbone pattern
Tiling doesn’t have to cover the whole wall...but if you’re not careful in your design it may look unfinished
Tiles are from Topps tiles Paint is Calamine, F&Ball
Incorporate storage in the dead space at the end of the bath.
The original bathroom is the same layout and shape as mine. The size is given. It shows how two bathrooms can be created.
A small bathroom created inside an old larger bathroom to create two bathrooms, one accessed from the bedroom and one accessed from the landing. This smaller bathroom doesn’t have a window so it has a ceiling vent to comply with building regs. The mirror helps the room look bigger
‘Full bodied’ porcelain tiles means there’s no need to finish off at the top or other edge with different trim. (But a wooden dado rail can work, or a shallow shelf.)
Use white grout if you are in a hard water area. Clean it often.