Designing a Timeless, Accessible Bathroom for the Years Ahead

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Your bathroom is a sanctuary where you start and end each day. As one of the most used spaces in your home, it makes sense to invest in a high-quality bathroom built to last. But with trends constantly changing, how do you create a bathroom that won’t look dated in just a few years?

With careful planning and smart design choices, you can future-proof your bathroom for accessibility, safety, and durability over the long haul. Whether you’re renovating your existing space or starting from scratch, keep these tips in mind.

Opt for Timeless Over Trendy

While bold patterns and experimental layouts may be in demand right now, timeless never goes out of style. Focus on clean lines, neutral colours, and natural materials like stone and wood for a classic look.

Minimalist bathrooms with spa-like appeal are unlikely to feel dated anytime soon. You can always switch up accessories like towels, artwork, and mirrors to freshen up the look.

That said, don’t be afraid to add personality through thoughtful details like framed botanical prints, pendant lighting, or tile accents. Just keep the overall aesthetic simple and refined.

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Choose Quality Materials Built to Last

Quality stands the test of time. Invest in the best materials you can afford, even if it means spending more upfront. Luxury materials like solid surface shower trays, natural stone tiles, and polished chrome fixtures will maintain their good looks for decades to come.

Quartz and solid surface worktops resist scratches, stains, and water damage better than laminate. Opt for water-resistant cabinetry to prevent warping, and select large-format tiles with grout lines minimised for easy cleaning.

The right materials will save you money and trouble down the road. Don’t cut corners now only to require repairs and replacements sooner than necessary.

Design for Low-Maintenance

Everyone appreciates a bathroom that looks pristine with minimal upkeep. You can reduce maintenance requirements through clever design elements.

Non-porous surfaces like glass, metal, and quartz resist mildew and mould growth, whilst underfloor heating accelerates drying time to inhibit bacteria growth.

Minimise grout lines and choose large-format tiles for easy wipe-downs. For sinks and worktops, choose seamless materials that prevent dirt traps.

Wetroom with Feature Mosaic Tiled Recess Walk In

Build in Universal Design Features

Universal design focuses on accessibility for all people, regardless of age or ability. By incorporating discreet supportive features now, you can avoid a major overhaul down the road if mobility needs change.

Grab Bars

Installing grab bars inside and outside the shower provides assistance for getting in and out of the bath or shower. Grab bars come in a range of styles, from simple horizontal bars to L-shaped, angled, or U-shaped options. For optimal comfort and control, choose grab bar designs with ergonomic grips.

Walk-In Showers & Wet Rooms

Wet rooms and walk-in showers eliminate trip hazards and barriers by creating a level entry shower area. The open layout provides ease of access along with a sleek, modern aesthetic. Opt for a spacious shower area which can in time accommodate a fold-down bench or built-in tiled seat to allow sitting while showering.

Comfort Height Toilets

Elevated toilets range from roughly 17 to 19 inches tall and reduce the distance needed to sit down and stand up. This makes bathroom use less taxing for those with knee or hip issues.

Ample Clearance

Allow ample manoeuvring room for wheelchair users or those who rely on walkers and canes. Doorways should have at least 91cm clearance and a wheelchair turning radius of at least 150cm. Remove obstacles and reconfigure storage to open up floor space.

Embrace Smart Tech Advancements

Technology integrates seamlessly into today’s luxury bathrooms. Smart toilets, digital shower systems, Bluetooth mirrors, and voice-activated lighting take convenience and customisation to the next level.

Look for touch-free faucets, digital controls, automated lighting and other intelligent features that increase convenience while conserving water and energy.

Walk In Shower with Black Crittle Shower Enclosure and White Brick Tiles

Work with an Expert Designer

While trends come and go, an elegantly designed bathroom focused on quality, comfort and discreet accessibility will remain a timeless sanctuary. Contact The Brighton Bathroom Company today to start planning your forever bathroom.