Where to Begin When Planning a Bathroom Makeover
If you recall from my last post, I am working on a bathroom makeover in which I plan to break down each step of the way and will be posting some of the most helpful steps on my blog and here at Wicker Emporium. Last time we discussed some great storage and space solutions. Today we will discuss some thoughts to help you begin your design.
One of the most common things I hear from friends and readers is that they don't know where to begin with a design. They have an idea of what they want, but aren't sure how to go about putting it all together. There is no one way to design a room, but if you take your time with your plan you will be amazed with what you can come up with. Designing is trial and error, so be patient with your decisions and understanding if something doesn't go as planned. It should be an enjoyable process and you are bound to learn along the way!
Before we think about room colours or patterns, the very first step is determining exactly what you want to achieve from your room. You want your room to work for you or there is simply not going to be flow of space and convenience which can cause you stress you do not even realize.
What do you do in this room? For the bathroom design I am completing, people shower, use the bathroom (of course), get ready to go out, and groom themselves. Pretty typical of a multi-function bathroom. So what issues are in this room that could be tackled? Well, for one, there are a lot of items and products that are not used frequently and can be either tossed, or would be more useful in another area of the home. Cleaning products or bathroom products that are not used on a regular basis can be stored in an area nearby or an area of the bathroom that is not used often.
We need to think about where and how we use our products. Keeping hair brushes nearby hot tools and products is more convenient than having the products mixed with lotions in another area. You get the idea! It's those little things such as opening multiple drawers to grab everything you need for one task that causes inconvenience. Think about where you do things, and then determine what you need. We touched on this in more detail in my post about bathroom organization.
It's not all about where you put your things or flow of space. Think about how much lighting you will need for each task you do within your space. Lighting can make or break a room with how functional it is, so keep this in mind. Not only the level of lighting matters, but the tone of the lighting as well. There are different kinds of lights and light bulbs with different wattages and tones, and the positioning of the lighting makes all the difference as well. If anything within the area is broken or needs professional repair, this is something you want to work into your design as well. You can read a bit more about lighting on my blog.
Depending on the purposes of your space, you want to select appropriate paint colours and flooring that are suitable for the conditions. You may love the look of wood, but wood flooring would not be appropriate in a bathroom as some wood products could potentially warp in the humidity of the space. There are also various paint options for different looks and levels of activity and not every material is suitable for each space.
Overall, what you do in your space and how you want your room to function is the first step in determining your design, and possibly the most important one! Once you know this we can begin to consider some of the first decisions in your design.
Do you have any tips for planning out your home design projects? I would love to hear them!