While we tend to opt for beautiful, relaxing bathrooms—it wasn’t that long ago that they were bland, plain and defined by the need to be functional. For lovers of design and all things beautiful however, this has thankfully changed. These days, we expect more from the smallest room in the house. Whether we’re after a private ensuite or a space for the entire family, there are swathes of elements that make the perfect space. The ultimate goal in terms of design is to make the room simultaneously relaxing and energising, which can be achieved through focus on the principles of Feng Shui. Remember, this is a space to prepare for the day and unwind after it, so the energy needs to be perfect.
Depending on the size of your space and on the style that you have settled on, the exact price of a new bathtub will vary. Broadly speaking, you can choose between about nine styles; the minimal alcove tub, a clawfoot, an angled freestanding, an oval freestanding, a drop-in, a corner tub, a Japanese style soaking tub, a pedestal freestanding, a wooden barrel and a rectangular freestanding. With these styles to choose from, there should be something you’ll be happy to settle on.
Much like with bathtubs, there are many styles to choose from when designing and installing a sink in your home. The exact style of sink you settle on and its corresponding price will also depend on whether you’re also going to incorporate a vanity, and if so, how large that vanity is. The most common styles, however, are self rimming sinks, vessels, wall-mounted sinks, pedestal sinks, undermount sinks and console sinks, So, pick a style you like and then begin the process of visually customising it with colours and materials.
It’s difficult to provide accurate pricing for the installation of a new shower because it is dependant on the extent of the renovation. If you simply want a new shower screen door, the price will more than likely be around $400 but if you need new tiles, plumbing, faucets etc. then you’ll start heading up into the four-figure area. In terms of styles, the most popular in Singapore are frameless glass enclosures, aluminium and glass enclosures, glass block, sliding door, all-in-one with the bathtub, textured glass, open (with two entrances), no enclosure, framed, rain/nature and tiled.
Depending on whether you want to go for the cheapest option or a golden throne, the price of your new toilet will vary. Perhaps more interesting than the price, however, are the different style options available. We don’t usually think of toilets when considering what is at the forefront of modern design and innovation, but considering these guys get daily use, there’s plenty of reason to aim for one that looks good, too. In Singapore, the most widely installed varieties include two piece toilets, one piece toilets, wall-hung toilets, modern Japanese bidets, smart toilets (which you should consider if you’re transforming your home into an intelligent space), contemporary, bubble, cubist and minimal.
Particularly considering that most of us in Singapore have small bathrooms, shelving and storage is an especially important topic. We have to make the most of the nooks and crannies we’re given and ensure that the shelves and cupboards are installed in a fashion that is equally practical and stylish. The cost of your shelving will depend on the materials, style and on whether it’s permanently installed. An old ladder as a towel rack, for example, could cost nothing, but a unit installed around and over the sink and vanity could cost up to $1000. A freestanding shelf from IKEA shouldn’t set you back more than $100 but it might not be able to fit into a space that a custom-design could.
Designing a bathroom calls for a disciplined and methodical approach where you are able to balance what you want with what is ultimately realistic. You’ll need to rough out a plan and make sure that your décor and theme ideas include all of the essentials such as a bath, toilet, wash basin and some form of heating and lighting. The size of the bathroom will be a major consideration and will likely define exactly what you can or can’t do. Do you have space for a freestanding bath? How about a separate shower cubicle? Also, make sure to remember to integrate storage into your bathroom design, turning awkward nooks and crannies into cubbyholes and cabinets for toiletries. And as your ideas progress, you can consider whether it’s something that you can manage yourself, or whether a more you’re looking at a more involved project that likely require the help of professionals. The exact cost of a bathroom renovation in Singapore will differ depending on the size and materials, but the average renovation will cost at least $7000 SGD and a good renovation is usually pegged between $10,000 and $30,000 (at the very high end).
As we usually have to work with small bathrooms in Singapore, white is probably the best colour to opt for as it can create the illusion of a larger space. Pale, pastel colours such as duck-egg blue and rose (millennial) pink are also good options because they are relaxing, enlarging and extremely on-trend. These colours are also proven to improve moods, and well all know that the bathroom is the perfect place to wind down and relax after a long day. If, however, a more uplifting, energetic feeling is what you’re after, vivid fuschia or even flouro green are good options. Colours at this end of the spectrum will add character and will give a modern twist, ensuring that the room is by no means boring. We recommend heading over to Pantone and seeing which colours they have recommended as the most on-trend shades for the year. This way you can select a shade you like while ensuring that it meets contemporary design requirements. Just as important as the palette you ultimately choose to go for is the pieces you choose to match with it. You need to ensure that your shelves, cupboards, baskets and small accents fit to the theme and don’t overcrowd the space.
Tiles are always the most practical choice for walls and floors in the bathroom, and this material has made a bit of a comeback in terms of style in recent years. From chequered to mosaic to Portuguese to individually, hand-painted pieces, there is no shortage of colours of looks to choose from. They are the most popular choice in the bathroom primarily because of their practicality as they are moisture resistant and easy to clean. They also tend to be the cheapest option, starting from around $3 per square foot. Other options include wallpaper made from water resistant vinyl, a choice that will open up an endless array of creative and colourful designs and prints to choose from. The advantage of this option is that wallpaper is usually cheap, easy to install and easy to change, so you can continually keep your bathroom up to date without renovating. If you’ve got an entire family to take care of, the best flooring option is a non-slip material such as rubber, but if you’re looking for a chicer effect, granite and marble is likely more up your alley.
The piece de resistance will be the bath itself, of course. Whether it’s a Victorian-style roll-top with clawed feet or something sculptural and modern, your choice of bath will set the tone for the whole bathroom. His and hers basins can make an attractive touch in the en suite to a master bedroom, while you might also want to treat yourself to accoutrements such as heated towel racks, sleek slimline radiators, non-fogging mirrors and a conveniently placed shower caddy. It’s a good idea to leave enough in your bathroom budget to make sure you can afford attractive finishing touches such as stylish pegs for bathrobes and light switches.
Bathroom lighting needs to tread a fine line – not too harsh, but not too dim, providing the necessary illumination without being cold and clinical. Ideally, you should plan a mixture of mood and practical lighting – for instance, task lighting for basin mirrors, spotlights over your bath and shower and a sprinkling of soft LED lights on the walls and ceiling for a touch of atmosphere. If this is beyond your financial reach, then a dimmer switch will enable you to dial down the lighting to a more restful setting for when you want to have a long, relaxing soak after a hard day. Remember to make sure that any lighting your install near the bath or inside the shower is designed to work safely without being affected by moisture.
A good idea is to begin by browsing through homify’s gallery of bathroom designs, then weighing these against your own practical needs and constraints. The style of the property, the number and age of the people who will be using the bathroom, the size of the bathroom and the budget you have to spend – these are some of the issues you’ll want to consider before you settle on an overall look or theme. Once you have a sense of the kind of bathroom you want, you can begin the steps to either refreshing what you’ve already got or crafting something entirely new.
Most of us in Singapore do! Just because the space you have to work with is small, doesn’t mean you need to scale down your ambitions for achieving the perfect space. There are all kinds of small bathroom ideas that will help you get the maximum impact out of limited square-metres. One tip is to keep to a bold overall design, one that unifies the bathroom rather than breaking it into separate zones. This can be achieved in a number of ways, for example with breezy pastel hues, wall mirrors, or with 3-D geometric patterns which create the illusion of added depth. Also, never underestimate the power of a good mirror to visually expand a room. A more radical option is to dispense with a conventional set-up and design a wet room, in which there is no separation between the shower and the other parts of the bathroom; by doing away with features such as a bulky shower cubicle, you can create a feeling of spaciousness even in a cramped bathroom.
Eclectic style bathrooms
The eclectic style bathroom boldly mixes and matches elements from various trends for a look that’s striking and unique. For instance, you might pair floral wallpaper with industrial brushed steel fittings for a clash of masculine and feminine, tongue and groove panelling with a minimalist white suite for a countryside-meets-city bathroom, or youthful funky colours with Victorian mirror surrounds for a bathroom that blends old and new. Guaranteed to put a stamp of individuality on the most anonymous of spaces, the result is always sure to be fresh, exciting and a hot topic of conversation.
Popular in Singapore, the minimalist bathroom is all about tasteful elegance, freedom from clutter and a sleek, perfect finish complete with a flowing Feng Shui feel. Baths and basins are usually in white, with pared back, highly architectural shapes, and discreet neutral tones tend to predominate. Patterned marbles and a mixture of stones can create texture and a feeling of refined luxury, while a darkly tiled floor or contrasting feature wall can be used to add interest to the bathroom. At their best, minimalist bathrooms are oases of serenity, but they can sometimes fall into the trap of seeming a little chilly and unwelcoming.
The modern bathroom is a happy medium between the elegant restraint of minimalism and the exuberance and flair of eclectic design. At the heart of it, ideally, should be a luxurious shower, a stylish designer wash basin, a sturdy free-standing bath and a few other creature comforts. But these can be framed in a range of colours from pale pastels to popping purples, and the overall bathroom should feel like part of a living, breathing home rather than a spa or hotel, with a scattering of accessories chosen to reflect the owner’s personality and gender. This style of bathroom also has broad commercial appeal, making it an ideal look if you’re renovating a property with a view to selling it on in the short term.
Country style bathrooms
The country style bathroom evokes a feeling of cosy comfort, traditional without being too stiff and formal, and with a mixture of romanticism and robustness. Floral wallpaper, coloured tiles arranged in quilt-style chequered patterns, wash basin pedestals with Victorian scrollwork – these are just some of the elements you can play with in a style with offers ample scope for individual expression. Relaxed in outlook, it’s a bathroom style that’s ideal for a house in the country or a weekend cottage.
Rustic style bathrooms
The rustic style bathroom is simple, homely and unpretentious. Rather than the super-smooth sheen of most bathroom styles, here a degree of roughness is what gives the look its character – uneven stone walls painted in cream or neutral tones, and furnishings which seem to have been borrowed from other rooms in the house: a mirror hanging by a chair, a limewashed chest of drawers supporting a hand basin. For a finishing touch, a display of painted tiles can make a good decorative feature.