Lighting is often overlooked in bathrooms, but your budget doesn’t need to stretch to a professionally designed lighting scheme. Just fit a dimmer switch, so you can transform the mood at a twist of a button, and buy a mirror with lights built into the sides. Lighting around a mirror should come from the sides, as well as from above, to avoid shadows on your face when applying make-up or shaving.
Tiles are the most popular wall and floor covering, but you can opt for sheet vinyl for the floor, or even Corian, which is a seamless, non-porous material that is low-maintenance. Concrete and tadelakt (a waterproof plaster from Morocco) will lend your wet room a rough luxe look.
If you want to add extra storage to your bathroom, one of the best ways to make use of space is to install a vanity unit in place of a traditional basin and pedestal. Vanity units are a great option if you want to store plenty of toiletries, and keep the surfaces in your bathroom beautifully clear. A unit is also a good idea if you want to stow away cleaning products. Choose a Victorian-style washstand with a wooden cabinet for a country-style look. Alternatively, hi-gloss wall hung units are a good option for small bathrooms, as the extra floor space makes the room look larger (and makes cleaning easier too). When buying its a good idea to double check what’s included – some vanity units are freestanding and come complete with taps, others are units that are designed to be part of a fitted bathroom, with tops, waste and plinths bought separately. Take a look at our pick of the best.
Longing for an invigorating power shower? Then you’ll need to install a drain that can handle high water volumes efficiently. A flush-fitting, channel-style drain collects water across its full width, effectively preventing floods. Look for a drain with an easy access dirt trap to help keep the water running freely.