The bathroom is essentially just a practical and functional addition to the home: it exists and is there to serve a purpose. However, just because the bathroom is space with a specific practical reason to be included in the home, does that mean it cannot be a comfortable and inviting place? A place in which we can relax and unwind? Or that it should remain stripped back and utilitarian?
Fortunately, as manufacturing processes and materials improve, and as people demand more stylish and wee-designed bathrooms, we can all now enjoy bathrooms that perform at peak levels of efficiency and reliability, and that look fantastic at the same time. So let’s examine a few ways in which we can balance form and function, and create a bathroom which is both highly practical, yet still bursting with panache.
Firstly, it’s important to keep your bathroom organised and clear of clutter if you want to create a relaxing environment. We all tend to accumulate far more toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products than we really need, and without sufficient storage space available, all of those mismatched and multi-coloured bottles and packages will end up left out on surfaces or crammed into corners, which is enough to make any bathroom feel cramped and crowded. Bathroom furniture has enjoyed an enormous resurgence in popularity in recent years, and so there are now more varieties of cabinet and cupboard available than ever before, meaning that you can not only have a neat, ordered bathroom, but you can have truly stylish furniture as well. Just two or three units, such as a vanity, a wall-mounted cabinet and a freestanding cupboard should be sufficient for most bathrooms, and will give you bathroom a designed and thought-out aesthetic.
Around 60% of domestic water use occurs in the bathroom, so it’s vitally important to have taps and flushes that are as reliable and efficient as possible. Installing new taps for your bath and basin is a great way to give your bathroom a subtle style upgrade, as well as ensuring that you aren’t wasting any water. Ceramic disc technology in modern taps will give you greater control over water temperature and flow rate than ever before, as well as preventing your taps from developing drips for a much longer period. Installing a push button dual control flush for your toilet will also save on your water bills, as well as modernising the appearance of your bathroom suite.
These are just simple starting points to help you get the ball rolling on a new and improved bathroom. Take the time to have a shop around and discover all the ways that you can easily create a bathroom that harmoniously balances form and function.
Helen Davies is a senior content writer for Better Bathrooms, who sell good looking contemporary and traditional bathroom furniture at realistic prices.