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17 essential tips to consider when designing the bathrooms

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A beautifully designed, bright, roomy and functional bathroom is a mandatory part of any home. Big or small, there should be no compromise when it comes to designing a bathroom. There are a few basic bathroom design guidelines as suggested by our professional architects. Have a look and keep these suggestions in mind and diligently follow them when building and designing the bathroom for your home.

1. Get the budget done before your start designing the bathroom

Budgeting is important and so is the designing. So before you start designing the bathroom, get the budget done by the bathroom designers. Know exactly what everything will cost and plan the purchase according to your budget. Planning and then executing it will help you build a fully functional comfortable bathroom within the budget assigned for it.

2. Educate yourself with standard dimensions of bathroom

The size of the bathroom may vary from home to home; but toilet seat, sink, shower unit and bathtub comes in a standard size. Counter-top is usually fixed at 84 cm above the floor. Knowing these basics of designs and standard sizes will help you in designing an efficient bathroom effectively.

Small dimension bathroom

Btahroom Minimalist bathroom by Ashleys Minimalist



3. Plan the lighting that will make the bathroom shine

Bathroom lighting option Modern bathroom by Innerspace Modern

Bathroom lighting option


Light is important to make the bathroom bright and shine. It creates an ambiance and set the mood right. Through smart lighting ideas, an illusion of spaciousness and openness can be created in a small and enclosed bathroom space. Include natural light in bathroom décor to make it feel fresh. You can even think of building a skylight in the bathroom instead of windows. When bathroom is in use we cannot keep the windows open to protect our privacy. Also windows in bathroom occupies the space which otherwise could be used to create storage space. With skylight opening towards sky, you will feel connected to nature.

4. Creativity to create a texture of design in bathroom

Loosen your imagination; include textures and innovative ideas to make the bathroom a happening place as far as design is concerned. Bright accessories, mirror design, coloured tiles… these will give a different dimension to the bathroom without making it look cluttered.

5. Choose the colour wisely to paint the bathroom

Select the colour of the bathroom depending on its size, amount of natural light it gets, and your personal preference. However, don’t include too much of colours as it will make the space look cramped.

6. Don’t introduce the bathroom with toilet in the front

Imagine opening a bathroom door with the first thing visible being the toilet seat! It will surely not be a pleasing sight. Design the bathroom in such a way that the toilet seats though an important part of the bathroom is not the focal point of it.

7. Make the corner accountable in bathroom

Sink Design in bathroom Classic style bathroom by Paimaish Classic

Sink Design in bathroom


In a small bathroom every inch of space is precious, use it smartly. You can think of installing corner sink to make the most of the corner. The space will be use with a purpose.

8. Choose the accessories wisely for bathroom

Choose the accessories and décor of the bathroom according to the space available so that it doesn’t look clumsy and crowded. Also make sure that it matches and complements the overall décor of the bathroom and doesn’t look like forced addition in the room.

9. Blend the shower niche with the design of the bathroom

Matunga Apartment Modern bathroom by Fourth Axis Designs Modern
Fourth Axis Designs

Matunga Apartment

Fourth Axis Designs

Shelves in the shower are essential to keep the toiletries. However, protruding floating shelves will look like a patch on the wall and occupy the space. Create niche on the wall in the shower area and use it also to enhance the beauty of the space.

10. Glass shower door from floor to ceiling in bathroom

Glass brings in transparency into the room and blends with any décor complementing it and making it look spacious. Instead of shower curtains, install glass shower door. Also choose full-length, sliding shower doors to maximize the elegance and usability of space.

11. Tile the wall up to the ceiling in bathroom

The normal trend is to use tiles up to a certain height and then paint the remaining of the wall and ceiling in bathroom. The division of walls creates a dividing line making the space look small. For seamless clean look and make the space spacious, use tiles to cover up the wall up to the ceiling to make the bathroom look bigger.

12. Smart storage for minimum clutter in bathroom

Create storage space to minimize the clutter. Use under the counter space to build bathroom cabinet. Design the cabinet smartly with drawers and shelves to make it functional and useful.

13. Recess the wall for clear look in bathroom

Any protruding shelves occupy precious space in bathroom. When building the bathroom, design recess and niches on the wall to create storage space. It will also give the bathroom a clean look without wasting extra space. You can also think of designing a wall cabinet with mirror in the front hiding the shelves behind. This multi-utility cabinet will be a boon especially in small bathroom.

14. Welcome the technology in bathroom

Bathroom is the place we use to relax and rejuvenates. Technology has power to make it more luxurious and comfortable, so use it. Under floor heating, warm towel rail, advanced shower unit, luxurious bathtub… it will create a cozy and comfortable setting in the bathroom.

15. Make the bathroom look and feel welcoming

MANTRI ESPANA, BANGALORE. (www.depanache.in) Classic style bathroom by De Panache - Interior Architects Classic
De Panache —Interior Architects

MANTRI ESPANA, BANGALORE. (www.depanache.in)

De Panache - Interior Architects

Even the guests use the bathroom when they visit your home. Along with the beautiful social area of your home, make the bathroom to feel welcoming. Design it to make it accessible, comfortable, clean and beautiful enough so that you don’t feel embarrass when your guests check-in.

16. Check on the ventilation of the bathroom

Ensure that the bathroom is well-ventilated and free from dampness to keep it fresh and fragrant. Ideally each bathroom, big or small should have at least one window and an exhaust fan.

17. Make it a luxurious bathroom

Stunning bathroom Modern bathroom by homify Modern

Stunning bathroom


Splurge in a little luxury to make it a luxurious bathroom where you can unwind away from the world spending some quality ‘me’ time in your company. Dazzling tiles, soothing light, shiny floor, serene environment… enjoy your bath soaked in the luxury of the bathroom.      

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