1. Planning matters
A bathroom installation is permanent, so it is essential to thoughtfully consider the end result at the outset. To determine your vision, look to sources of design inspiration: collect favourite images, visit museums, review travel photographs, pull tear sheets from magazines and books, visit decoration sites online and look at your wardrobe for colour preferences. Edit all of these ideas prior to visiting a showroom so you can describe the experience you want to create.


2. Shop carefully
The bath is a space where it’s best not to go it alone. Engage with a professional sales consultant in a highly respected showroom and make it interactive. Share the images you’ve amassed and have a conversation. Touch things: get in and out of tubs to get a sense of what’s most comfortable, and make sure that the fittings feel good in your hands. Look at installations throughout the showroom for further inspiration and guidance.


3. Hire a professional
A professional designer or architect can help you define your priorities in the bath. He or she can help vet and hire a contractor, select appropriate materials, help create and manage your budget and can be on site to receive and check deliveries. Never underestimate the importance of working with a knowledgeable, reliable pro.



4. Layer materials
For a bath that feels seamless to its adjacencies, select materials thoughtfully and align colours and style with the rest of your home. Layer colours and textures with consideration and restraint—for example, pair active stone surfaces with quiet ceramic tile. Remember that sizes matters; find the right balance and scale based on the dimensions of the space.


5. Consider storage options
Nothing will ruin an expensive renovation faster than a messy space. When planning, be certain to create places for towels, toilet paper and other bath amenities. Create shelves in the shower so that nothing is on the floor and install adequate hooks and towel bars. A closet is preferable, but baskets or other creative containers help contain necessities, and a medicine cabinet will keep the counter free of clutter.


6. Make it your own
To personalize what you define as your perfect bath, add a few items that uniquely speak to your style and taste. Shop for vintage accessories, add art, and buy beautiful towels. Perhaps most importantly, select the appropriate colour paint that best suits your vision.



7. Invest in installation
Doing your due diligence before the work begins will give reassurance that you are making the right selections. Vet any potential contractor by checking his or her prior work and calling references. Ask to see a representative sample of the installation—check the size of the grout joint, select a grout colour and ask about cuts for layout. Check and approve all of these materials before installation, then check on the progress every day. While a solid contractor is key, do not let this person get ahead of you in case you want to make changes.


Images ©The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick, Rizzoli New York, 2016. 


Get even more advice and plenty of inspiration from Barbara's book: The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick, £35, Rizzoli New York, 2016. uk.waterworks.com.



Article by: Barbara Sallick