Home Life: Seven steps to a spacious (seeming) bathroom

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 June 2016

Keep units and WC off the floor to create the illusion of more space (Photo: Dobsons)

Keep units and WC off the floor to create the illusion of more space (Photo: Dobsons)


Senior designer Andrew Hewson at bathroom specialist Dobsons in Cheshunt gives his top tips to create a sleek modern bathroom that does away with clutter

1 Keep it clean. Opt for plain, lighter colours and combine with mirrored units, recessed where possible to create a clean, spacious and uncluttered space.

2 Light it up. Use LED down-lighting to flood the room with light. Add subtle under-cabinet lights or strip lights in recessed areas to create mood lighting that can be controlled independently from the ceiling source.

3 Go big. Choose large tiles with rectified 90 degree angles to minimise grout lines and give a greater impression of space.

4 Off the floor. Hide cisterns in the wall and use a wall-hung WC along with wall-hung furniture to leave flooring visible underneath.

5 Step-free access. Where possible, use voids in the floor space for waste pipes to allow the installation of flush-to-floor shower trays or tiled wet areas. Where a raised tray is necessary, take the floor tiles up the side to cover the feet, rather than a white plastic plinth. This tricks the eye in to thinking it’s part of the floor.

6 Shower power. Although we would always recommend a hand shower for cleaning purposes, a more minimal look can be achieved with wall or ceiling mounted fixed heads and concealed shower valves. Some drenchers are designed to sit flush against the the ceiling to provide the ultimate in clean looks.

7 Take control. Where multiple outlets are required, the new Keuco IXMO shower control range combines for the first time a wall outlet and parking bracket with a three-way diverter in one 90mm back-plate. Used in conjunction with other members of the IXMO range, a more uniform style can be produced.

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