Bathroom

Design Considerations

Where style still meets functionality

Probably the smallest space in the house, yet one of the most frequently visited room in any home, the bathroom is more than just a room with a sole utilitarian purpose. Which is why it is not surprising to see homeowners spending a significant portion of their renovation budgets to do up these spaces. With the Internet filled with photographs of nicely done up bathrooms, one cannot help but be tempted to do the same for one's home. Before one embarks on such renovation journey, we at NGID Studio would like to share the following pointers for bathroom design to ensure functionality is not sacrificed at the expenses of style.

 

 

Best Practices

Ensure functional activities such as washing, bathing are never compromised

1. Divide the space to create a dry and a wet area

  • Keep water out of the dry area which allows for a more conducive bathroom experience
  • Allow multiple users especially couples to use facilities simultaneously
  • Reduce risk of slippages

2. Ensure sufficient ventilation

  • Eliminate stale, musty or humid smell

3. Ensure easy access to toiletries

  • Keep bathroom essentials such as soap, shampoo within reach

4. Use fittings with lever mechanism

  • Easier to use as less strength is required

5. Avoid shower curtains

  • Maintenance would be an issue in the long run
  • Drappy appearance

6. Do not install a bathtub (unless you really need that…)

  • High level of maintenance and running cost
  • A right bathtub soaking experience requires the right lighting, positioning of the tub to come together nicely to create the desired good ambience and such factors are usually lacking in a confined space

7. Avoid door that open into the bathroom

  • Flow of space/movement in the bathroom would be restricted, making the space less spacious

 

 

Small Area

The secret to a spacious small bathroom is the ability to organise the clutter

1. Avoid dark or bold colours and keep everything roughly in the same shade

  • Unless paired by trained eyes to achieve a certain ambience, such colours usually provide a confined feel

2. Install large mirror/s

  • Help to reflect light which would go a long way to enlarge a space visually

3. Create wall recess

  • Do away with wall-mounted shelves and cabinets where possible to free up space. A small recess into the wall to put bath gel and shampoo goes a long way

4. Utilise the space above the bathroom

  • Maximise space within what is usually a confined space
  • Reduce the risk of stuff getting wet

5. Keep the floor empty (use wall hung toilet bowl, cabinets etc…)

  • Make the space look and feel bigger
  • Easier to clean

6. Ensure sufficient lighting

  • A brightly lit area can make the space look and feel bigger

7. Choose fittings/furnishings that combine functions

  • Reduce clutters