Planning your dream bathroom? Here are 5 things you need to know
PUBLISHED: 10:49 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:49 11 February 2016
For those looking to makeover their bathroom, you'd do well to take guidance from bespoke design house Ripples. Based in the south of England, they tell a story of success and expertise throughout 12 stunning showrooms. Having designed the dream bathrooms of their clients for near on three decades, Ripples are experts in this department.
The design process itself is a very boutique experience and arguably the jewel in their crown, so we caught up with busy Reigate Store Manager Helen Head to find out the expert tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes of homeowners.
1. Make sure the designer visits your home first to measure up and evaluate the creative space.
This means they can get more of a handle on what style of bathroom and innovations within it would improve your existing facilities. It also allows a review of your lifestyle and tastes because these inevitably affect the requirements for your perfect bathroom. For example, if you keep a lot of beauty products in your bathroom, storage space could be a key feature in the new design.
2. Meet the design team
For exclusively hand-drawn plans and a presentation of your proposed design solution, head in-store to meet the bathroom design team. Poring over hundreds of accessories is their job, this means they can select from thousands of products so that you don’t have to.
3. Think about the entire project, not just the bigger items.
This means considering every last element of the room, from tile size (the bigger the tile, the bigger the room will feel; a rectified tile will bring a more retro-effect with the offset, crisp grout lines), to the who, what and how you use it. If it’s a children’s bathroom, consider opting for low-line baths. Factor in budget considerations including the final flourishes that will complete the room; doors, door handles, lighting, windowsills, blinds and even paint should all be accounted for, as what is a beautiful shower in unmatched surroundings?
4. Track the trends for 2016
Scandinavian inspired washrooms, namely, natural wood surfaces and ample light to reflect the central theme of minimalism and functionality are big this season. Glossy tiles with a large surface area (with less grout lines) offer a flawless, refined look. Another huge trend is the recreation of luxurious hotel bathrooms, often these are finished in marble - Calcutta Gold Marble is of particular popularity at the moment, and where possible, introduce matching “his and hers” stations. That is, double basins, his and hers tower rails, two shower heads and double ended free standing baths. Mirror image bathrooms are a massive new trend in bathroom design which includes smaller personal touches such as black chrome finishes on taps and insignia inspired bathroom accessories.
5. Aim high – the perfect bathroom is out there
The pursuit of perfection is a realistic one, according to Ripples’ Managing Director, Paul Crow. And this claim is something Helen substantiates; ‘the Ripples team is more than happy to advise what would work best for you - most people don’t even know what type of water pressure they have and how it’s supplied to the bathroom, so we can limit their choice of products to achieve maximum flow rates.’
Saturday 13 February marks the firm’s 28th birthday and they invite you to join them in all of their stores for an exclusive one-day sale with 15% off across everything. You can even drop-in for a consultation on your bathroom and speak with one of their 20 in-house designers.
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