For an ultra-modern and very practical effect, you could even use concrete. Underfloor heating adds a really cosy touch – as well as helping to dry the bathroom, and prevent damp and mould from forming – if you have hard floors. If you're considering underfloor heating, visit our guide to get an idea of the costs involved. As well as possibly using tiles for your floor, you'll need to use tiles on the walls around the shower or bath, which should be added after they're fitted. You can also get the same tiles for your bathroom walls and floor if you want a streamlined look. Options for wall-tile types include glass, ceramic or natural stone. There are matt or gloss tiles, and you can have small mosaic ones right through to large tiles, which can make a space-limited bathroom feel larger. Tiles can also be used to make a statement – bold colours or different finishes can have a big impact. If they're used sparingly, such as just around a shower or even statement tiles as a strip running through plain white tiles, it doesn't have to be expensive.
When it comes to decorating, specialist tile paints can give you a new look without the hassle and expense of retiling. Alternatively, consider using board panels – waterproof boards that can be easily secured to the bathroom wall. They come in plain or patterned designs, and some even give a tile effect. If most of the walls are tiled but some surfaces are painted, simply changing the colour of the paint can achieve a whole new look. And because of the relatively small amount of wall you have to paint, it will take less time and money than redecorating an untiled room. Do make sure you buy paint that's suitable for bathrooms though – ideally, you want to go for an anti-mould, gloss paint. After this, it is a matter of accessorising. Consider buying new curtains or blinds, perhaps adding a new shower curtain or panel, or even putting down a new floor (vinyl's cheapest).
What are some great bathroom ideas, designs & inspiration? Though it may seem daunting, especially in the case of renovating, if you observe a few basic rules, it is possible to get the very best out of your bathroom space. As always, we recommend that you consider your personal style, but above all, you should heed the dimensions, conditions and of course, the style of the rest of the house to ensure the bathroom fits into the overall picture. After settling on a style, it's recommended that you make decisions regarding the wall and floor coverings. You should also consider showers, baths and basins. Do you want to only include a free-standing shower unit or shower bath combination to give your bathroom the best of both worlds? Check out our bathroom designs & bathroom ideas above and find some great ideas & bathroom inspiration. We also have small bathroom ideas to help those with minimal space. When you see bathrooms you like, you can save the photo to an ideabook with just one click. Your ideabooks on homify are like a virtual scrapbook; a simple and easy-to-update method for you to store and collect ideas.
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