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Make a Splash

We asked our in-house experts for their top tips for successful bathroom renovations


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Work With Your Space

Dean Porter from WA Assett – The Bathroom Renovators says there’s no point trying to cram too much into a bathroom if space is limited. Calling on an expert to put together a suitable plan can really make a huge difference to the end result of any bathroom renovation.

“Specialist bathroom designers are used to getting the most out of small spaces and you should take advantage of their experience,” he says.

“We’ve helped our clients achieve results that they never thought were possible. We have also helped our clients refine their ideas so that the space is practical and user-friendly.”


Simple tiling, laid in creative ways, can add plenty of impact to a small bathroom. Herringbone patterns are big right now and look fantastic on the floor or walls.

“You just can’t go past porcelain rectified tiles for your main bathroom areas, as they are usually in large formats and the rectified edges provide small grout joins for a seamless look,” Designer Lauren Dusting (Laurén Interiors) says.

“I love a statement floor in a bathroom. This is usually best suited to a classic contemporary scheme, anything from marble mosaic floors or Moroccan tiles to herringbone patterned floors.”


Adding the perfect finishing touches to your bathroom is a great way to create different moods and add some fun. Beautiful thick towels and mats can really take a bathroom to the next level. Don’t forget to throw in some plants and scented candles to really make you feel like you are being pampered.

Town and Country Designs


There are plenty of gorgeous tapware options around these days, so you can pick something that really works for your space. Black taps are currently on-trend – and add a splash of drama.

Bathing Beauties

Is there anything more inviting than a freestanding bath? Mel DeMelt from Town and Country Designs says where space permits, a bath is a must-have inclusion. The stunning claw-foot bath pictured below is a piece of functional art and looks magnificent perched on top of the hexagonal floor mosaics.


The best bathrooms are flooded with natural light and have plenty of functional and carefully considered electric lighting. Mel says wall-mounted lights are extremely useful when it comes to getting ready for a big night out and they add wow factor to the space as well.

Town and Country Designs

Colours and Textures

According to Lauren Dusting, textured surfaces such as wood and wood-grain finishes are big in bathrooms. She says dark colours, greys and whites are also being seen more often.

Black is back in a big way in both kitchen and bathroom designs, especially ultra matt surfaces. Mel DeMelt says it is timeless, elegant and it creates instant impact, especially when teamed with spectacular feature lighting, patterned tiles and striking tapware.

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms, which are bathrooms without shower screens, are becoming more popular because they are luxurious and exude a resort feel. Dean Porter says another benefit is they are also easier to keep clean.

If you plan to turn your bathroom into a wet room, you need to consider drainage and it is a good idea to seek advice on this from an expert. He also advises special attention be paid to any other fixture in the room, such as the vanity, which may get wet.

“Make sure that anything that could come into contact with water is waterproof and also make sure your electrical fit-out complies with safety standards,” Dean says. “There are rules about the distances required between water sources and electrical switches.”

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