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Details not to overlook when planning a bathroom

Considering a revamp? Paying attention to the tiny details can make all the difference
   Luke Arthur Wells  |  written on: 11-06-2018 11:30am

You know what they say, the devil is in the detail. And when you forget to source something for a bathroom or kitchen redesign, it can be a real pain. It’s one of those things that’s sure to happen at some point – you’ll have a contractor turn up to do their part in your renovations, only to find out that you haven’t thought of something they need to finish their job.

A halt in progress with the renovations can end up costing you extra in time and labour and even have a knock-on effect, meaning you have to rearrange half of the jobs you’ve booked in. But worst of all, it can lead to rushed choices or missing details which will really affect the overall finish of your space. Think ahead, and you’ll save yourself all that stress and hassle.

Tile trim
If you're tiling up to a non-natural line – usually when you're only tiling a portion of a wall – then you have to be mindful that you'll be left with an unfinished edge of tile somewhere in your bathroom. Tile trims can completely ruin the effect of a space if you choose the wrong one, making it look cheap and charmless – give yourself the time to source one that fits the style of your bathroom. Border tiles are also a good idea for period properties inspired by their heritage. 

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You might have got so far to think about light or dark grout, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. While your local DIY store might have a few options, looking towards something like a Mapei grout colour chart will show you there's a whole world of choices – so when you say you want grey grout, was that a silver grey, cement grey or anthracite grey you were after? And that's before you get into the world of whites, beiges and out-there colours.

Design detail: Grout
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Basin waste
As well as tap style, I find that the type of basin waste you choose has a direct effect on how much you enjoy using your bathroom space. This is one reason that most sinks don't come pre-fitted with basin wastes, allowing you to choose your own. Test out a few styles in a showroom before you buy.

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So, you've designed a sleek, streamlined new bathroom – now where do you put your shower toiletries? It's a massive bugbear for me to not have pre-thought out storage for these incorporated into a shower design, as post-build options can easily spoil the effect of your space.

8 bathroom storage ideas that are both stylish and clever

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NEXT! Another element of bathroom renovation to consider – mirrors. Browse the moodboard below for inspiration - click any image below to begin.

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   Luke Arthur Wells
Luke is an interior designer, stylist and blogger at www.lukearthurwells.com. He’s a believer in understated interiors that don’t have to shout to be heard, and he’s currently practicing what he preaches renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, where he lives with his partner and two pampered pups. When it comes to his design style, he loves new and interesting building materials, a carefully chosen white paint and he also has a weakness for coffee table books and a fresh bunch of eucalyptus.

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