When planning a home, we tend to focus on spaces used for entertaining, that guests will see. The entrance, the sitting room, the lounge room, the hallway, and the dining room. The domestic-only spaces, while, still important, don’t usually warrant the same attention to detail.

However, the bathroom should always represent an exception to this rule. Perhaps more than any other room in the house, the lavatory is equally public and private in its visibility and utilisation. You can hope that dinner party guests won’t be adjourning for a soak in the tub, but you can be sure they’ll be checking out the outfit and cleanliness of your bathroom when they nip to the loo. For that reason alone – never mind the fact that residents are use the room for hours on end, for many different purposes – the room should be just as meticulously planned and presented as any other.

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How many hair-straighteners, electric razors, whirring toothbrushes and hairdryers will you need? Will you go all European and install a bidet? Are you willing to compromise and share a sink with your partner, or would his-and-hers with separate mirrors work better? These are all questions that need to be answered before work begins on a bathroom.

Do you prefer a bath, or a shower? For those who prefer the speed and ease of the latter option, frameless shower screens and doors in Sydney will help keep the water where it should be, whilst also avoiding the dreaded kitsch shower curtain.

All too often, bathrooms can feel very claustrophobic, with a bath and a toilet virtually on top of one another, and the sink only a half-turn away. To maximise the sense of space and openness of your throne room, glass shower doors and windows offered by the likes of First Choice Glass are a great option.

Colour and Mood

Quite often, bathrooms are all white and cream. When you think about it, this is perplexing; is it to do with hygiene and cleanliness? Or is the hope that stray hairs and slithers of toothpaste will be all the more obvious, almost willing a sponge to wipe them away?

bathroom-glassThere’s nothing wrong with going for the classic, all-white look. But the incorporation of other soft, pastel colours can help to create a calm and hospitable environment that will make self-scrutinisation in front of a mirror that little bit less torturous.

Privacy

This goes without saying, but bathrooms are a rather personal space – even if they might be accessed by half-a-dozen people over the course of an evening dinner party. Counter-balancing this concern is the need for fresh air in what can become a stuffy room. Options like frameless bifold doors and windows mean that the need to prevent prying eyes can be balanced by a desire for decent ventilation. Hopefully this also goes without saying, but a functioning lock is also a good idea. You might be keen to show off the furnishings and layout of your lavatory, but waiting until it’s empty is the best option.

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