Many Australians have realised that their bathroom doesn’t look or function as well as it could, and now is time for a bathroom renovation.

As a result of Covid-19, Australians are seeing rooms in their homes in a different light. The bathroom is no exception. Before isolation, the bathroom served as a place to routinely shower, wash and ready ourselves as we head to our workplace each day. Through the process of isolation, we’ve re-discovered that our bathroom is also a place of relaxation and self-care.

A bathroom is a necessity for us all and given we use them so often, we should make it as user-friendly as we can.

Our bathroom is also a place of relaxation and self-care - Interior designer Bella Vie Interiors
Our bathroom is also a place of relaxation and self-care - Interior designer Bella Vie Interiors

What you need to know when renovating a bathroom

Maximise the usage of space

As an interior designer, the first thing I consider when designing a bathroom is the best way to use the space. A bathroom needs to serve the needs of the people using it. While a bathroom needs to look good, it also needs to be really practical.

I like to look at who will be using the bathroom and ensuring it functions well for the entire family, especially in the morning rush.

The design stage is a good opportunity to look at whether you need or have space for two basins on your bathroom vanity. Adding two basins allows more than one person to easily use the bathroom at peak times.

Two basins allows more than one person to easily use the bathroom at peak times - Interior Designer Bella Vie Interiors
Two basins allows more than one person to easily use the bathroom at peak times - Interior Designer Bella Vie Interiors

Fixtures and finishes

The next step I use designing a bathroom, is to consider the features along with the fixtures and finishes.

It’s important to aim for longevity when undertaking a bathroom renovation. A bathroom renovation can be costly and doing a bathroom refresh is challenging.

While makeovers in a bedroom or living room can be undertaken relatively easily, this is not the case with bathrooms. Making changes to a bathroom, usually entails removing the tiles to reach the plumbing. You really want to avoid any changes that pierce the waterproof membrane.

Simple, classic designs work best in bathrooms. With the right bathroom design, you can use interesting tiling, tapware and wall colours to create the look you desire.

Simple, classic designs work best in bathrooms - Interior Designer Bella Vie Interiors
Simple, classic designs work best in bathrooms - Interior Designer Bella Vie Interiors

Tiling

Tiles not only provide the practical aspect of waterproofing a bathroom, they can also look amazing. Choose bathroom tiles you like as you may need to live with them for years to come. Furthermore, it is important to take the time to find out what bathroom tiles you love and what will best suit your bathroom and your style.

More often in current bathroom renovations, rather than tiling to the ceiling, paint is being introduced. A combination of paint and tiles allows you to change your bathroom look easily without touching the waterproof membrane.

I’m seeing an increase in the use of vj paneling not only above tiling, but also as an alternative. This trend is particularly evident in the Queenslander homes we’re renovating. Vj paneling is also showing up in more and more new builds as an alternative to tiling in bathrooms.

Natural render is an alternative to tiles gaining popularity for bathroom walls. The simplicity of rendered walls suits calming, retreat style bathrooms embracing the purity of nature.

The simplicity of rendered walls suits calming, retreat style bathrooms embracing the purity of nature. Image - Andi Juhasz
The simplicity of rendered walls suits calming, retreat style bathrooms embracing the purity of nature. Image - Andi Juhasz

Tapware

Bathroom tapware has seen the availability of colours broaden to include a range of colours including brass, white, nickel and black tapware. As an interior designer, I am seeing chrome and brushed tapware make a reappearance.

I’m finding wall mounted basin taps and mixers are being used more often for their aesthetics and ease of cleaning.

Hand showers are almost an essential in every bathroom renovation we work on. A hand shower makes washing kids easier and is a real bonus for cleaning the shower area.

Hand showers are almost an essential in every bathroom - Design by Bella Vie Interiors
Hand showers are almost an essential in every bathroom - Design by Bella Vie Interiors

Paint

In discussing tiles, I mentioned painting above tiles in a bathroom. Paint is definitely seeing a resurgence in modern bathrooms. Paint in a bathroom allows you to have the beautiful soft peach that is so current now and easily paint over it in a few years for a totally new look.

Waterproofing the essential areas with tiles and painting around, was often used as a more cost-effective solution for bathrooms. In current bathroom projects, paint is being used to add colour or detail in a bathroom.

Consider using terrazzo part way up a wall and painting above for a bold statement in your bathroom.

Chrome tapware in a Mid Century modern bathroom by Bella Vie Interiors
Chrome tapware in a Mid Century modern bathroom by Bella Vie Interiors

Coloured basins and baths

Concrete baths and basins in bold colours like earthy terracottas, plums and olives are trending.

Our love affair with coloured concrete started with soft colours but has extended to bold colours for the more adventurous amongst us.

Concrete baths and basins are real statement pieces and come in a range of beautiful shapes and sizes.

Concrete baths and basins in bold colours like earthy terracotta are trending. Pod basin by Concrete Nation
Concrete baths and basins in bold colours like earthy terracotta are trending. Pod basin by Concrete Nation

More Resources

Like to read more on creating your dream bathroom? Check out these informative blogs.

If you’re getting ready to renovate a bathroom download the free bathroom renovation checklist to get started.

For more Bathroom design inspiration see Bella Vie Interiors on Pinterest.

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