A bathroom design should be about more than just getting clean

Posted by Will Ryles on 05/11/2012.

A bathroom design should be about more than just getting clean.
Don't worry, we aren't suddenly asking you to create abstract art or turn your bathroom design into the next big thing, we just want to highlight an interesting fact.
In the UK, the basic layout of our homes hasn't changed in fifty years, yet our use of each and every room has changed significantly.
If you're wondering what on earth we're talking about then ask yourself a question; why do we all have our sofas pointed at the fireplace when we want to look at the TV? Times have changed, but our layouts haven't.
Whether it's the fire place we upgraded to a TV, the dining table that gathers dust or the bath we traded in for a shower, how we use our homes has moved with the times.
Yet despite a change in focus from bathing to showering, our expectations of what a bathroom should look like, or more interestingly do, hasn't evolved at all.
The answer for this lack of evolution is probably in the name, the word bathroom essentially puts a very narrow box on our ability to embrace change.
In order to kick start this change we therefore need to stop thinking about our bathrooms as the homes of our baths and instead view them from a new design perspective.
One of the key parts to finding a new bathroom design perspective is to understand what we really need; not what we think our bathrooms need.
While we might think we need a bathroom in order to get clean, we have to delve further into the reasons why we want to get clean to truly understand what we really need in a bathroom.
For humans, keeping clean is about more than just hygiene. We love to look and feel good.
Getting clean is only one part of a daily routine which is designed to relax, enhance and impress both our own and our friend's senses; so why do we limit our bathrooms to being involved in only one part of this process?
More often than not, our bedroom floors are strewn with items which should be in our bathrooms.
From makeup and perfumes to hair straighteners and brushes, essential parts of our daily preparatory routines are spread throughout the house when ultimately they would be more at home in our bathrooms.
Therefore the concept of a bathroom should be about more than just cleanliness. Our bathroom designs should be somewhere to relax, clean and prepare for our daily lives too.
Of course there are some limitations to this. Electrical regulations (and sensible opinion) restrict electrical sockets in the bathroom meaning we can't just go drying our hair in the shower.
Yet if we look abroad, using the continent as an example, you can get around this by hardwiring certain features like a hair dryer into the wall while ensuring it is far enough away from any water to keep within the regulations.
Even for the smallest bathroom, where any electricals will be too close to water to be viable, we can still embrace the rest of our daily rituals and free up some of our much needed bedroom floor space.
Just think what life would be like without the wet foot prints in the hallway from a mad dash to the bedroom!
We can do so much more with our bathroom designs if we really want to, the key is to figure out what we need them for. Not what we think we need to put in them.
If you liked this article why not find out why you probably don't know what you want in your bathroom, even if you've seen a design you really like.
You can find all the original images for this blog on our fantastic Pinterest page.

Don't worry, we aren't suddenly asking you to create abstract art or turn your bathroom design into the next big thing, we just want to highlight an interesting fact.

In the UK, the basic layout of our homes hasn't changed in fifty years, yet our use of each and every room has changed significantly.

If you're wondering what on earth we're talking about then ask yourself a question; why do we all have our sofas pointed at the fireplace when we want to look at the TV?

Living Room Design

Times have changed, but our layouts haven't.

Whether it's the fire place we upgraded to a TV, the dining table that gathers dust or the bath we traded in for a shower, how we use our homes has moved with the times.

Yet despite a change in focus from bathing to showering, our expectations of what a bathroom should look like, or more interestingly do, hasn't evolved at all.

The answer for this lack of evolution is probably in the name, the word bathroom essentially puts a very narrow box on our ability to embrace change.

A bathroom design is about more than a bath

In order to kick start this change we therefore need to stop thinking about our bathrooms as the homes of our baths and instead view them from a new design perspective.

One of the key parts to finding a new bathroom design perspective is to understand what we really need; not what we think our bathrooms need.

While we might think we need a bathroom in order to get clean, we have to delve further into the reasons why we want to get clean to truly understand what we really need in a bathroom.

For humans, keeping clean is about more than just hygiene. We love to look and feel good.

Make up mirror

Getting clean is only one part of a daily routine which is designed to relax, enhance and impress both our own and our friend's senses; so why do we limit our bathrooms to being involved in only one part of this process?

More often than not, our bedroom floors are strewn with items which should be in our bathrooms.

From makeup and perfumes to hair straighteners and brushes, essential parts of our daily preparatory routines are spread throughout the house when ultimately they would be more at home in our bathrooms.

Therefore the concept of a bathroom should be about more than just cleanliness.

Makeup in the bathroom design

Our bathroom designs should be somewhere to relax, clean and prepare for our daily lives too.

Of course there are some limitations to this. Electrical regulations (and sensible opinion) restrict electrical sockets in the bathroom meaning we can't just go drying our hair in the shower.

Yet if we look abroad, using the continent as an example, you can get around this by hardwiring certain features like a hair dryer into the wall while ensuring it is far enough away from any water to keep within the regulations.

Even for the smallest bathroom, where any electricals will be too close to water to be viable, we can still embrace the rest of our daily rituals and free up some of our much needed bedroom floor space.

Just think what life would be like without the wet foot prints in the hallway from a mad dash to the bedroom!

We can do so much more with our bathroom designs if we really want to, the key is to figure out what we need them for. Not what we think we need to put in them.

If you liked this article why not find out why you probably don't know what you want in your bathroom, even if you've seen a design you really like.

You can find all the original images for this blog on our fantastic Pinterest page.

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