4 Renovation Inspiration Ideas for Your Bathroom

When planning a bathroom renovation, details are key. Here are some tips and trends to get the most out of your space.

EDSALL STREET by RITZ&GHOUGASSIAN. Photography: Tom Blachford.

It’s all about the grout

No-one likes to clean the bathroom, but everyone loves a clean bathroom – that’s were epoxy grout comes in. Made from epoxy resins, this grout is water-resistant and almost completely resistant to stains, which makes it much easier to clean than the regular grout. It is more expensive than regular grout, and harder to install, but for long-term convenience it’s definitely worth looking in to.

Not all grout is made equal. It now comes in every colour imaginable, and varying thickness, so put some thought into the grout you select because it can make or break your design.

OAK TREE HOUSE by Susi Leeton Architects. Photography: Peter Bennett.

Curve appeal

HDP RESIDENCE by Genesin Studio. Photography: Jonathan VDK.

BRIGHTON RESIDENCE by GOLDEN. Photography: Sharyn Cairns.

When it comes to contemporary design we are seeing more and more curves throughout the whole house, and the bathroom is no different. As well as curved shower screens, there’s also curved mirrors, walls and tiles featuring in new bathrooms. Curves add a softness to design.

Tile Mania

SAR RESIDENCE by Mim Design. Photography: Sean Fennessy.

TREE HOUSE by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects. Photography: Anson Smart.

Picking bathroom tiles is a huge challenge today as the choice is endless. Topping the trends (well today anyway) are subways, kit kat tiles and terrazzo. Or if the budget allows, a dizzying choice of marble. Tiles used to just be about functionality, but now they make a huge design statement. And it’s not just the choice of tile you need to make, but how you lay them too. Vertically laid subways are popular, as is a herringbone style pattern.

Let there be light

CLOUD HOUSE by Akin Atelier. Photography: Murray Fredericks.

With privacy and natural light being two key considerations for the bathroom, skylights are becoming an increasingly popular choice. While fixed skylights have been used in the bathroom for years, they can have a fairly big downside of getting mouldy over time if ventilation is limited. The new electric and solar skylights are openable with a remote control so you can have light and ventilation. Some remote skylights also have a built-in rain sensor and insect screens to keep out the mosquitoes.

WOOLLAHRA HOUSE by Nobbs Radford Architects. Photography: Murray Fredericks.

Our Favourite Pieces from the Studio Italia Sale

Those looking to revamp their home in time for summer will be pleased to hear Studio Italia is having a sale that’s not to be missed.

From 7-21 November, you’ll have the chance to pick up some spectacular Italian designer pieces at a discount, with all of the store’s fabulous furniture to be reduced in the highly-anticipated annual sale.

And with Studio Italia exclusively representing a number of leading Italian design brands, it’s the best place to find furniture created with the expert craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from Italian furniture.

Here are some of the items we’ve added to our shopping list.