The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house in terms of resale value. Times are changing and there are many more options available to us – walk-in showers, freestanding bathtubs, underfloor heating, etc. If you’re thinking of getting a new bathroom, planning is the most important place to start. From designing the perfect layout to making the most of your budget, knowing exactly what you want from your bathroom will help to make it a reality. 

Here’s a guide to the main considerations involved when planning your new bathroom.

1. Priorities 

First things first: what are your needs? What sort of ambience do you hope to achieve? Are you seeking a spa-style sanctuary or something more invigorating? Think about how you would like to use your bathroom – not how you use it currently. 

Your must-haves will affect not only the suite you choose, but tiles, colours, fixtures and fittings. A family bathroom may have a long list of specifications, whereas an en-suite many only need a shower and a toilet. Think back to your experiences in luxury hotels and spas and visualise how you would like your bathroom to function day-to-day.

2. Space and function 

Planning a bathroom depends on a number of things, such as being realistic about the amount of space you have. Every bathroom comes with its own set of features and restrictions; you’ll want to make the most of your existing resources. 

A freestanding bathtub makes an impressive centerpiece, but only if you have the floor space. Rain and waterfall showerheads are blissful, as long as the water pressure is strong enough to support one. Features like large windows and ceiling beams are assets that you can work into the design, giving natural light and character. 

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3. Budget 

People are sometimes surprised to learn that the bathroom suite is not the main expenditure in a renovation – it’s the cost of labour. Whether you choose a cheap suite or an expensive one, the labour will still be the same. With that in mind, it’s best to choose quality supplies that suit your needs. 

Layout is another important factor. If you’re simply replacing the old suite, then your costs will be lower. If you’re thinking of changing things up to make better use of your space, then plan for a larger budget.

4. Duration

It’s a common assumption that remodelling a small bathroom takes much less time than a large one, but that’s not always the case. Regardless of size, the steps involved are more or less the same. The duration of the refit actually comes down to how many items you are changing. 

In addition, the planning phase also includes ordering and purchasing supplies – tiles, fixtures, cabinets, and the suite itself. At Blenheim Bathrooms, we take care of this for you. Find out more in our FAQs

For those with only one bathroom in the house, planning alternative arrangements while the bathroom is out of action is key. A typical bathroom installation usually takes between 2-3 weeks, however, we strive to minimise disruption and let you know when to make alternative plans in advance. 

5. Design

Bathrooms are one of the most regularly updated rooms in any house. Unsurprising, as we all spend time in the bathroom every day. Fashions change all the time and there are many different styles and designs to choose from: traditional, contemporary, modern, rustic, Victorian, industrial – the list goes on. 

It pays to consider timeless design when remodelling your bathroom. Oak cabinets, brass accents and avocado suites used to be at the height of fashion – now very much the opposite. In fact, avocado-coloured bathroom suites are one of the biggest turn-offs for people buying a new home, as parodied by Mitchell & Webb:


6. Colour scheme

Choosing a colour scheme for your bathroom will inform the decisions you and your designer make when it comes to purchasing supplies, from walls and cabinets to floors and countertops. Generally speaking, a good bathroom colour scheme is made up of three colours: primary, secondary and an accent colour. 

With colours, it all comes down to personal preference, but bear in mind the impact they will have on the space. Light, neutral colours such as white, cream and yellow help to make a space feel bigger and more inviting. Designers often recommend the 60-30-10 rule: 60% primary colour, 30% secondary colour, 10% accent colour (usually accessories). 

Below are some examples of colour schemes used in recent remodelling projects.

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7. Fixtures and fittings

Of course, no luxury overhaul is complete without fresh fixtures and features: new shower, bathtub, toilet, sink, faucets and showerheads. If you have the budget, new fixtures and fittings can completely transform the appearance of your bathroom. But it’s not just the big stuff; updating your mirrors, shower doors, door handles, drawer pulls and lighting fixtures also makes a huge difference to the finished aesthetic. 

Get in touch for advice on achieving the look you’re going for. 

8. Cabinetry

An often overlooked area of bathroom design. Storage is key to achieving that luxury bathroom aesthetic – toiletries rarely display well. Gone are the days when a modest single-sink vanity cabinet was the only option; custom bathroom cabinetry merges form and function and can be styled to match the appearance of the room, whether it’s modern, traditional or eclectic. 

You may choose to have your cabinets custom-built or you can buy them in stock units, as with kitchen cabinets, which is less expensive. 

9. Lighting

Lighting forms an integral part of the ambiance of your bathroom. No-one wants to be confronted by overly bright lights on a trip to the loo in the middle of the night. However, you do need enough light to see yourself clearly. LED spotlights are a popular choice as they give a modern and expensive feel to any bathroom, as well as being long-lasting and low-energy.

Having different levels of lighting allows for more flexibility; bright and invigorating in the morning, low and relaxing in the evening. Bathroom mirror lights give you the ability to light your face clearly for shaving and applying makeup, but be sure to light your face from the front. Depending on the position of your bathroom, a skylight can be an elegant solution to achieve more natural light.   

10. Quality

There’s a lot to think about when planning your new bathroom, but ultimately, the secret to a pristine finish is good workmanship. Hiring a professional will save you lots of headaches – we do this every day. As experts in bathroom fitting and remodelling, Blenheim Bathrooms can help you design and build the perfect bathroom. 

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If you need help or would like a speculative chat, get in touch or give us a call on 07999 694496. We would love to help you bring your dream bathroom to life.