(Source: Phoenix Tapware)
Whether it’s a new build or a bathroom renovation that you’re undertaking, including certain bathroom accessories into your design can dramatically enhance the functionality and add style.
Often these small details are either overlooked in favour of the bigger picture, or left to the last minute, when decisions can be rushed to fit in with the installer’s schedule.
However, we have found that it is the little touches that can really make or break a room.
Below we have outlined our top three points to consider when choosing accessories to enhance your new bathroom space.
1. Choose Your Big Fixtures & Fittings First
Most people will have a general idea about what kind of style they want to go for in their new bathroom, and will purchase a bath tub, vanity, toilet suite and tapware to suit. Once the hard work of picking out your larger bathroom items is done, you can have some fun!
Matching your accessories to your tapware is a guaranteed way to achieve a more complete look.
Choosing accessories in a similar colour finish, shape, or texture to your tapware can create unity and a sense of flow, ensuring a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing space.
There are a huge variety of brands on the market that include matching accessories in their tapware product ranges, but you may also opt to go with a different range or brand that has a similar look.
2. Establish Your Needs
Before you go about selecting your new accessories, you will need to establish the requirements of your bathroom.
If it is a renovation you are undertaking, will the layout of your new bathroom be similar? How does your current bathroom service your needs? Is it a main bathroom that will be used by many people, or an ensuite designed for use by just one?
The accessories that are generally considered to be essential in all bathrooms are toilet paper holders, at least one kind of towel hanging accessory (a towel ring, rail, or ladder), a soap dish or shelf for use in the shower, and a toilet brush and holder to clean the toilet.
Family bathrooms have different requirements than those intended for elderly people of course, and what is necessary or desirable in one design may not be practical in another.
It is important that you take note of what you want and need before making any purchases, as it can be easy to get carried away and make impulse purchases which you may regret later.
Remember, if your bathroom isn’t practical, you won’t enjoy being in there and it won’t effectively service your needs.
3. Check Measurements And Mounting
Once you’ve established the type of accessories you want, you will need to check whether they will work within your proposed bathroom design.
If you are renovating and keeping your existing pipework and walls, you or your installer will need to use an electronic stud finder to locate studs in the wall to find out where your accessories can be mounted.
Towel rails in particular come in a variety of different sizes with differently spaced mounting brackets, so it is important to take note of what will work for you.
If your bathroom has not yet been built, you will have more freedom with regards to what accessories you choose, however there are still a few things you should consider.
Do you have the space to allow for a larger towel rail to fit the large bath sheets you like to use?
Will you be hard-wiring a heated towel ladder, and if not, will there be a power point close by to where you intend to mount it?
It is always best to consult a professional if you are unsure.
There are quite a few things to consider before selecting the accessories you will install in your new bathroom, however with the range of options currently available in the market there is no reason why you can’t have the bathroom of your dreams.
Allowing adequate time to establish your needs, measuring your space, and putting thought into selecting your desired style will ensure you choose the right accessories for you and your family.
Head into one of our showrooms today to explore our extensive range of bathroom accessories and let one of our expert consultants guide you towards a more functional and stylish bathroom space.