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How to make your bathroom great

Bathrooms are one of the hardest rooms in the house to design and renovate. Lounge rooms and kitchens are considered public gallery spaces, that are carefully curated and put on display for all to see. The bathroom, however, is a more intimate space, one you tend to spend quite a bit of time in — so it makes sense you’d want these spaces to be beautiful, even if it’s for your eyes only.

And while we can all recognise a great, luxurious bathroom when we see one, can you tell what makes a truly great bathroom? Here are some elements you should include…

Natural colour schemes

Bathrooms are the perfect place to play with colour, it can really set the tone for the entire design and the finished aesthetic.

Natural colour palettes have proven to be very popular. Other than looking great, the relaxing hues reflect light instead of absorbing it, creating brighter bathrooms and reducing the need for extensive lighting.

Use natural coloured porcelain tiles on the floor, and off-white for the wall tiles or paint outside of the wet areas. If you are after something a little bolder, you can create a feature wall using a contrasting grout colour this will add a dramatic flair while keeping to the natural theme. You can even select a marbled or stone-coloured bath for maximum effect. Pair this look with black fittings and framed mirrors and this style will stand the test of time.

Freestanding furniture

Many homes in Australia were designed around the classic shower over bath combination. This can complicate your bathroom renovation, as there is less space to work with than you might have thought initially.

The answer? Freestanding furniture. Create a beautiful open shower and put your freestanding bath within the wet area. This way, you avoid breaking the bathroom up into separate areas — which can make you feel boxed in — and create a feeling of spaciousness instead.

While you shop around for a freestanding bath, it’s also worth considering including a floating vanity in your renovation. They maximise the illusion of space, and are easier to clean around.


Tiles, fixtures and fittings — these only do so much for your bathroom. What makes the space truly special and unique is your personal style.

Do you have a few products you use in the morning shower or evening bath? Create larger recessed shelving in your wet areas to display these items and allow for easy access. Perhaps you like soft lighting at night but bright light in the morning? Install strip lighting behind the mirrored shaving cabinetry in addition to overhead task lights. However you do it, make sure your bathroom reflects your needs as an individual.

Call our design experts at smarterBATHROOMS+ team at 1300 662 838 to help explore all your renovation options and make your bathroom truly great.

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