It can be difficult knowing where to start with a room redesign, particularly if you are going for a specific trend or look. However, even a large project such as redoing your bathroom doesn't have to be a challenge. We caught up with the Utopia Bathroom Group who gave us their advice on how to create a boutique bathroom:
What are boutique-style bathrooms?
Anyone who's had the luxury of staying in a boutique hotel will tell you that the style and design evokes individual sophistication that you simply don't get at chain hotels. One of the biggest tell-tale signs of this luxury can be seen in the bathroom.
It is the quality of the design that is most appealing, as well as the understanding that a well-designed bathroom can significantly add value to your home. As a result, these types of bathrooms are becoming increasingly popular.
It doesn't have to be expensive
While high-end bathroom furniture doesn't come cheap, there are certain touches and design tips that you can implement to achieve that boutique-style bathroom look. Ultimately, for the best results purchasing a few high-quality pieces of bathroom furniture will help massively, but there are a few things you can do before investing in expensive items.
Lighting and space
Optimise natural light in your bathroom as this will enhance the space you're working with, and create a natural relaxing ambience. For additional lighting, especially in the evenings, look to use candles where possible. While tea lights can look cute, a candelabra will look far more elegant.
Keeping surfaces clear of clutter will help achieve the clean, sharp look of a boutique bathroom.
Put away excess bottles and if you have children, make sure bathroom toys are stored away, either in cabinets or a secondary laundry bin.
Storage is really key here. What you have on show is just as important as what you don't have on show. Shower racks, wicker baskets, laundry bins, bathroom cupboards and cabinets should all be used to maximise your bathroom space.
With the space you have created, look towards those finishing touches; ornaments, candle holders, towels, a few select shampoos and shower gels. Don't be afraid to have a few house plants in your bathroom either.
Cleanliness is crucial
Something as simple as ensuring your bathroom stays sparkling clean, have a huge impact on how it looks and feels when you enter the room. Mirrors, taps and tiles should be kept as clean as possible. You don't have to get the bathroom bleach and limescale remover out every day, a thorough clean once a week will suffice. And between these cleans, have simple cleaning wipes nearby to keep it looking spic and span.
If your budget permits and you're considering a new bathroom suite, clean lines, thick work surfaces made of granite and chrome fittings are all perfect for achieving the boutique look.
For more information on bathroom suites and fittings, please visit www.utopiagroup.com