6 Expert Steps To Help You Get Started

6 Expert Steps To Help You Get Started

6 Expert Steps To Help You Get Started

House Beautiful/Mark Scott

If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom, there are a number of essentials to consider, but you should still approach it as you would any other room in the house. Creating a moodboard first will help to kick off some design ideas.


There’s a reason that loos and sinks are placed where they are and it’s wise to consult an expert before you decide to rearrange things. So before you make a start on any bathroom renovation, think about talking to a plumber and a builder, as they can offer practical advice on the placement of sanitaryware, plumbing and lighting. However, I would suggest that when it comes to design ideas, go with your gut.


How often do you take a bath? Twice a year? If so, maybe a shower/wet room would be a better investment than a tub. Are you tall? Make sure the toilet is a standard size or larger to accommodate your long legs. Some WCs are smaller eco models, which wouldn’t be ideal. Think about yourself and your bathtime routine and design accordingly.


If you have the money to splurge on your dream tiles, then do it – but if you’re trying to economise, look on sites such as ebay.co.uk and salvoweb.com. Alternatively, visit local reclamation yards. They often have fixtures and taps and all sorts of interesting pieces that will help make a space unique. If you want to buy brand new, it’s a good idea to request samples so you can layer up your moodboard with wonderful textures and colours and see what works for you.

bathroom renovation, white bathroom with plants, victoria  albert baths

Amiata freestanding bath and Staffordshire 20 brassware, both from Victoria & Albert

Victoria + Albert Baths


Most standard bathrooms will have a door on hinges and because you can’t furnish behind the door you end up with a section of dead space. To avoid this, I always suggest installing a new pocket door or barn-door on a roller system so you can have more usable space inside your bathroom!


If you’ve decided to move your big pieces around and are digging up your floor, then underfloor heating is a great investment for a bathroom renovation. It’s not as expensive as you might think – the actual heating system itself can start at £150, though be mindful of running costs.

blue themed bathroom with light grey walls

House Beautiful/Rachel Whiting


The bathroom or toilet is often quite small, so it might be a perfect place to be experimental and spend a bit of money on an incredible wallpaper or paint brand or patterned tiles, as you don’t have to buy quite so much of it! Remember, as long as there’s a thread of consistent colour throughout your surfaces then they will all link together and feel like a well-designed scheme. I dare you to do something exciting in your design because… well, why not? Take a look at our Japanese-themed inspiration below.

japaneseinspired moodboard

Wooden elements, pared-back designs and graphic black lines combine for a Japanese feel. Mix designs in different scales to add depth to a scheme.

Styling: Lucy Gough, Photography: Jon Day, Production: Sarah Keady

design my space bathrooms – july 2021

Design My Space: Bathrooms, free supplement with the July 2021 issue of House Beautiful

Moodboard from top left: Henley linen herringbone fabric F0648/23, Clarke & Clarke. Delphine 5013 wallpaper in Terracotta/Ecru colourway, Vanderhurd. Saqqara Sunbrella acrylic, Walter G at Fabric Collective. Easycare bathroom paint samples in (l-r) Almost Black, Tailors Chalk and Cannon Ball, Dulux. Bamboo toothbrush, Bamboogaloo. R Flory toilet roll holder, Amazon. Matchboxes, stylist’s own.

From top right: Wood coaster, stylist’s own. Spoon, part of butter pot set, Camperdown Lane. Handmade reclaimed tile, Rejas Dos, Maitland & Poate. Brass symbol handles in brushed satin, Adam Nathaniel Furman at Swarf. Japanese image, Toast. Sikasso fabric in Tobacco (shown large and small scale), Larsen.

Background: Composition Number 1 Black and White wallpaper, £165/roll, Ottoline.

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