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4 design tips to help turn your adapted bathroom into a stylish & accessible retreat

18 February 2016

Adapting your bathroom to make it safe and accessible doesn’t mean it has to look clinical and hospital-esk. In fact in this day and age there are a number of stylish solutions available that will allow you to take back control of your bathing experience, making daily life and maintaining personal hygiene routines a breeze.

Firstly you need to think about the layout of your room. Know what space you’re working with and what fixtures you require – the design of the entire room should work with you and not against you. 

Is it a small space? If so can you make more of your bathing experience by relocating certain fixtures? Will this open up manoeuvrable space ultimately making bath time easier and less stressful? Layout is crucial and should be addressed early on in the design stage – it should be the first priority.

Easy clean. It may seem like a silly suggestion but let’s think about it rationally… you’ve just spent your hard earned money refurbishing your bathroom to make life easier for you and others who maybe using it. Inevitably you’re going to want to look after it, you’re going to want to keep it clean. Now, how easy is it to clean your existing bathroom? You’re having difficulty getting in and out the bath our guess is you’re having difficulty cleaning those hard to reach areas too.

We suggest wipe and rinse clean areas, especially around the showering and bathing fixtures that are susceptible to water marks and shampoo / soap residue. We suggest complimentary extras, shower screens and flipper screens for example, to be manufactured without grooves for the sole purpose of there being nowhere for such residue to reside.

Choose your accessories carefully! Think about what you need, think about how the required accessories will compliment your solution and accentuate your design. Now imagine a stylish wet floor shower solution finished off with a plastic grab rail? Or a fully renovated bathing solution but keeping an old mirror. There’s nothing wrong with either of these but if you’re looking for a stylish solution you need to be mindful of these finishing touches that will inevitable make or break the overall look and feel.

Colour pallets – maybe the most important decorative design element as we firmly believe even the most stylish solution could be made to look clinical if completed with the wrong colour scheme. We urge you to stay clear of bright whites and sky blues, instead opt for warmer, more neutral colours like creams, beiges, olive greens, off greys. Not only will they provide you with a more sensory relaxing experience but will also offer a unique look and feel, really lifting the atmosphere and design.

Tiles are great at accentuating a bathroom or shower room – they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours but above all there are a number of textured alternatives which draw in someone’s eye and demand attention.

Are you looking to create a stylish & accessible bath or shower room in your home? Why not download our FREE guide, packed full of handy tips, advice and all things to consider when adding or renovating an easy access suite.

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MoreAbility*, part of the Passmore Group, is Yorkshires leading and most experienced bath & shower room specialist for all types of stylish, safe & practical and bespoke solutions. Offering a fully project managed design & installation service we pride ourselves on meeting individual wants, needs and aspirational requirements.

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