How To Moodboard Your New Bathroom
So you’ve taken the leap and have decided to build or renovate your new bathroom – congratulations!
That’s the easy part, now you need to come up with ideas, styles, and designs. This is where it can start to get a little tricky.
We’ve put together some tips on helping you with your decision making process, from start to finish.
We’ll show you how to moodboard your new bathroom, and take some of the stress out of designing your space.
Bathroom design and renovation is one of the hardest things to do in your entire home and not for the faint hearted, so it’s absolutely normal to feel a little bit anxious or stressed about it.
But at the end of the day, if you put in some hard work before your project even starts, you will reap the rewards at the end.
Remember, we’re here to help and show you how to moodboard your new bathroom, which is the first step you should take to get the creative process going.
By taking you through this step by step, you’ll be sleeping easy knowing that your dream bathroom will be perfect!
Get The Feels
One of the very first things you should start to think about is how you want to ‘feel’ in your new bathroom.
Sounds kind of strange, but feelings and moods play a large role in the design and style process. Hence the term Moodboard. This is the easiest and most effective way to guage the style of your space, and it really does help when it comes time to choose your materials and elements for the space.
Start off with some interiors magazines, some swatches of materials, tile samples, and even old photographs that bring up the feeling you want in your bathroom. Do you want it to be bold and strong, subdued and subtle, bright and breezy, warm and cosy…believe it not, these kinds of feeling can translate into the colours, materials and style that you ultimately gravitate towards.
Put together some of the things that you are drawn to and see if there is a theme. This is where you are going to get the style of your new bathroom.
Design Tip – Try including other things that you like the look or feel of. It doesn’t have to be a tile sample or fabric sample either. Try things like a dried flower, a nail polish colour, a scarf you love the colour of…think outside the box
The Bare Essentials
Now that you have figured out the style and mood of your new bathroom, you can move onto the big decisions…yep, it’s that time already!
Refer back to your bathroom moodboard, and start searching the internet. This is where you should start your shopping journey. To save you driving all over town, use the internet to find the suppliers of items like:
- Shower Screens
Again, look back over your bathroom Moodboard to remind yourself of the vibe you are going for. Focus on a tile in the colour you fell in love with. Research the size of basin that best fits your vanity. Explore options for your shower screen. Do you want frameless, semi-frameless or framed? Find out which colour options you have for the frame and tie this into your tapware later?
By spending a few hours or days researching and finding other inspiration, it will help to keep you on track and narrow down your ideal look.
After all, there’s no point in looking at something like black marble mosaics if you’re heading towards a coastal look…
Get The Look – ABI Carrara Marble Penny Round Tiles
Now that you have chosen all the large elements of your new bathroom, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty.
Tapware is one of those things that can have such a big impact for a relatively small item in the space. There are two ways of thinking with tapware, choose the tried and tested polished chrome that will be timeless…Or make a statement with bold tapware!
No doubt about it, tapware is difficult to choose. If you have looked online like something,contact the suppler to see if they have product samples.
Most companies now will offer samples, so for a small fee they can mail out a few that you are interest in.
This is the best of both worlds, as you can touch, feel and see the finish on each product. It also helps to have these real life samples, so that you can put them together with the rest of your bathroom moodboard. This will give you a more realistic view of what your finished space will look like.
So don’t be afraid to go neutral or safe with something like chrome. OR try something bold like matte black, brushed brass or even brushed copper tapware.
These colours are going to be the ‘chrome of the next decade’, so don’t worry that they will look dated.
If you love something out of the ordinary, go with your gut feels – aka – refer to Get The Feels in section one! :)
Often thought of as the ‘jewellery’ of the bathroom, accessories can go a long way into making your bathroom look and feel complete.
Of course the accessories should be functional, but they should also compliment the other elements you have chosen. Sometimes it is best to order these accessories up front with the rest of your bathroom products. However it won’t hurt to wait until your bathroom is complete before you choose.
If you find it difficult to visual spaces, colours and proportions, it’s absolutely fine to wait until everything else is installed. This will give you a chance to feel how things are looking.
Maybe you were considering a large double towel rail? But now that everything is in it’s place, it may be out of proportion for the area you wanted to install it.
Or you may realise that you need a hand towel ring located closer to the bathroom vanity? Maybe even an extra robe hook on the back of the door or wall. Don’t be afraid to wait. Usually a bit of DIY can have you installing these things yourself. If not, wait until you have all your accessories and a local handyman can handle this job for you.
Design Tip – Try and make sure you install the towel rail as close to the shower exit as possible. You don’t want to track water all the way across the bathroom floor while trying to grab your towel!
While the thought of creating your dream bathroom can be overwhelming at times, if you let some of these ideas guide you, it should help to ease some of the pressure.
Creating a bathroom moodboard is the first step in a long road, but it helps and saves so much time. Especially if you are looking after the project management yourself. It will also help if you enlist the services of a qualified interior designer or bathroom designer.
A clear idea of what you want to create is one of the biggest hurdles in this process, so once you have that, you’re halfway there.
This is the fun, carefree part of the process, so let your creative dreams run wild and try to enjoy it.
Are you creating a bathroom moodboard at the moment? Tag us or send us your pics, we’d love to see what you’ve chosen!