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Julie Levin (pictured above), of Julie Levin
Design, shares her experience to ensure your
next bathroom or ensuite is perfect.
Overdoing the features in the bathroom.
is is a problem, particularly if it is small.
Feature tiles look great, but if the room is small,
I would only do one area of feature tiles.
Inconsistency. e look should be cohesive.
If you are going for a square mixer in the
shower, choose mixers for the bath and vanity
from the same collection.
Making the toilet a focal point. Placing the toilet
in a position that is visible as you look into the
bathroom is a big no-no. Tuck them away from
sight, if possible, or even put a door on them, so
they are not a part of the room at all.
Not thinking about heights.
People should be aware that using an above-
the-counter basin means the vanity level is
dropped down to compensate for this. Tall
people might have a nasty surprise when they
realise how low the vanity level actually is.
Overcrowding the bathroom.
I would only put in two basins if the vanity is
long enough to allow for ample bench space,
otherwise it becomes difficult to find the space
to place anything on the bench.
Going cheap on trades. Make sure you use
reputable tradespeople. Even the most
expensive tiles can look terrible if they are not
Forgetting about size. In a very small
bathroom, do not select a floor tile that is larger
than about 350mm because the tiler will not be
able to get the correct fall on the shower floor
without cutting the tile into a million pieces.
Being unaware of extra costs. Be aware
that rectified tiles may be of a similar price
to normal ceramic tiles, but the cost of
laying them is quite a bit dearer.
Choosing cheaper options just because
they're cheaper options. Don't scrimp
on the fixtures and fittings. If this is a
build or renovation that you have been
waiting a long time to do, spend the extra
money to get quality tiles and fittings -- they
will make a huge difference to the look and
longevity of the bathroom. Also be sure to ask
your professional on how to save in some
areas and splurge in others -- there are some
canny industry tricks!
Not thinking about water flow. Frameless
shower screens look great. However, only
choose the frameless option if the tiler is happy
that they will be able to get a good enough fall
away from the edge because they can leak if the
floor is not angled enough.
Tones of the one colour add an air of
sophistication to this Julie Levin bathroom.
Our bathroom expert reveals the top mistakes and how to avoid them.
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