Bathroom Renovation Q&A

Design tips

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1. What are your thoughts on gold fittings?

Brushed gold/gold fittings are still a popular choice. Unless you are after an aged brass look for your brassware, our advise would be to make sure that the brassware is PVD coated. PVD is resistant to wear and creates a durable coating, otherwise known as Lacquered. If you are after an aged brass look, then opt for unlacquered!

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Brushed brass can add a touch of warmth to any space, there are lots of different variations of brushed brass/matt gold out there – You can make it as timeless or bold as you like! Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals – the result can look really striking!

Here we have an image from Kallista of the wheel of brass:

If you are after the natural aged brass look, as a living finish it is important to understand how to take care of it, so you will still love them over time. We created a care guide that explains it all! 

2. What’s the best way to get started on the process for designing a new bathroom?

  • Consider how you use the space and want you want from it, for example do you want a large walk in shower or a bath shower combo?
  • Visit showrooms (preferably a West One showroom!) for inspiration and the different styles, seek advise from our team of experts on what is possible with your space. We understand planning a bathroom can be overwhelming, so we offer a hand-held service from the start and will work with your budget and tastes to create a space that perfect for you. For those who want a little more help, we offer a full design service. Read more here.
  • And lastly, pick a good, experienced installer! Install is such an important element and will determine the longevity of the bathroom.
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3. Should I use 12×12 or 12 x 14 tiles in my shower walls?

Think about the look you want to achieve for your bathroom. 12 x 12 tiles as shown in this bathroom on the right are one of the most common tile sizes. Our designer mixed the top square tile with the geometric marble tile on the floor to add some texture and pattern to the enclosure.

In this project below, the 12 x 24 tile creates a different pattern that could be laid horizontally or vertically.

4. Is 2.6 x 2.9 room too small for a separate walk-in shower and free-standing bath?

A 2.6 x 2.9 m bathroom can absolutely fit a freestanding bath and a walk-in shower. In this similar sized bathroom, our designer managed to fit a walk-in shower and bath while still creating a light & airy space. The white marble tiles help reflect natural light and brighten up the space while black brassware adds some definition and structure to the interior.

In this project, the room measures just 1.8m x 1.7m . To give the illusion of more space, we designed a wet room floor to avoid having a shower tray which would break up the room


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Other ways in which you can maximise your bathroom space:

  • Integrated shelving and towel hooks and warmers will help to increase storage space and keep your bathroom organised and tidy.
  • Opt for wall-mounted fixtures and a generously sized mirror. You can free up floor space and achieve a more streamlined, uncluttered appearance.
  • Whilst the mirror will reflect light, creating the illusion of more space

5. How does your waterproof wallpaper work? Can I use it in the shower?

Our waterproof wallpaper can easily be installed in the bathroom, directly in the shower or steam room. It is the perfect option for making a statement or add a pop of colour in the bathroom.It is easy to clean and maintain due to its resistance to cleaning products and zero grout lines. It can be a subtle or bold as you like. Perfect for cloakrooms too!

Here are some of our favourite waterproof wallpaper looks from clients:

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