Planning A New Bathroom

A new bathroom is a major expense you don't want to get wrong. This guide will take you through some of the steps you need to think about when planning a new bathroom.

Function And Purpose

Are you looking for an ensuite bathroom suitable for you and maybe your guests or a family bathroom?  

Ensuite bathrooms are usually smaller than a family bathroom and may only have a shower not a bath as well. If you love showering you may want to consider a wet room instead. If you have the space ensuite bathrooms can really add value to a house.

Family bathrooms may need to be more robust than an ensuite bathroom. I suggest keeping your best accessories for the ensuite. Do you want your most expensive white towels used after rugby practice? Exactly. 

You also need to think about the type of people you have in your home. Some people prefer showers whilst others love to relax in a bath. A shower over a bath is a good option for all the family. 

If the members of your household need to leave the house at the same time for school, college or work then a double sink is a feature also worth considering too.


The style of the bathroom you choose is a very personal choice. 

Do you like minimalist and modern or do you like a more traditional style? This is important when taking into consideration the overall look of a bathroom and for choosing a bathroom suite, shower or accessories. 

If you want a little indulgence,  luxury steam showers are a modern twist on the shower design. These space-age capsules have a steam facility as well as normal showering to get you squeaky clean. 

The Insignia steam shower range is one such shower range that can be customisable, leak-free and chic in design. 

Utilising Your Space

Before you buy any fixtures or fittings you need to measure and plan your space out. If you are not sure where to start your bathroom supplier can usually help you for a fee, or if you can find a reliable bathroom fitter they can do this for you.

If you have a small area to fill, built-in cabinets can help utilise the space, such as that under a sink. Recesses, windowsills and wall storage can also make the most of every possible nook and cranny, to store toiletries and towels. If you have the space, consider portable or freestanding storage units.

Floor And Walls

The floor in a bathroom needs to be non-slippery and waterproof. Tiles, vinyl and laminate are a popular choice. Avoid carpet at all costs or it will go mouldy and be very unhygienic.

Tiles are also a popular choice for around the sink and bath or shower, as a splashback. For a streamlined look extend the tiles from the floor all the way up the wall. Bathroom paint that is moisture and steam resistant will prevent mould and give a professional look. 

Finishing Touches

Accessories can really add to the styling and functionality of the bathroom. 

Mirrored and magnifying lights can help with shaving and illuminate when putting makeup on. Bathroom cabinets can add great storage space, and also added light if illuminated too. Heated towel rails as well as being practical for storage are great for the Winter. Consider making a feature wall with prints to add some interest.

These are just some pointers to consider when planning a new bathroom. Have you had a new bathroom fitted? Do you have any tips on what to consider when buying a new bathroom?

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  1. Those bathrooms look beautiful. I like the sound of the steam showers too

  2. I'm saving up for a new bathroom