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How to Make your Bathroom Great

While we can all recognise a luxurious bathroom when we see one, few people can tell what makes a truly great bathroom renovation. In fact, many think that a luxury bathroom is all about how expensive the materials are – think grand marble floors and delightful hand-made tiles.

But while materials are important, they alone can’t guarantee a perfect bathroom renovation. In this post, we’re going to share with you the elements that make a truly great bathroom, with expert insight from our Interior Design team. Do you want to create your own? Read on!

Nail your Layout

When it comes to achieving a great bathroom, you need to focus on functionality first. Why? When you improve the functionality of your bathroom, you’re enhancing your bathroom experience beyond aesthetics, which will have a lasting and positive impact on your life. That is why nailing your layout is so crucial to achieving a great bathroom!

So, how do you create the perfect floor plan for your space? That’s where it gets interesting. While it’s essential to follow best practice design principles to create a great layout, the truth is, there’s no single right way to design the perfect bathroom. That’s because a bathroom renovation should always be about you and your family’s needs first, and no one has a recipe for that – but you.

Start by considering your available space and how you can use it most efficiently to cater to your present and future needs, this requires a combination of skill and experience. That’s why, if you plan to renovate your bathroom and want to make the most out of every opportunity, we recommend you work collaboratively with a professional Interior Designer specialising in bathrooms.

Combining your needs with their expert advice as early as possible will help you prioritise your wish list, and discover the best way to utilise your space to achieve the perfect outcome for your bathroom renovation.

One last thing to consider when it comes to your bathroom layout, is the cost. When planning your dream bathroom, you should know that adding or removing plumbing points, relocating doors and removing walls will add cost to your renovation. So make sure you’re transparent about your budget to ensure your interior designer can design your layout accordingly.

Fall in Love with Your Colour Scheme

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. But at the end of the day you need to love the colours and materials selected so ensure they reflect your taste and style and no one else’s, as it’s you that gets to enjoy the finished product.

Open Up Your Space

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.

Incorporate Smart Solutions

Have you noticed that the way we experience our bathrooms has evolved a lot in the last ten years?

Advances in technology have brought smart devices into our bathrooms, turning the old bathroom routines into a more efficient and enjoyable experience.

Think of those small devices that make daily tasks more enjoyable than ever. For example, you can now install shower mixers that remember your preferred heat and pressure settings – so you can wake up to the perfect shower every morning.

Are you worried about germs in the bathroom? Installing sensor taps will let you turn them on and off with a wave of your hands; no touching required.

If you plan to renovate your bathroom, this might be an excellent opportunity to transform your space by including smart upgrades.


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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