Monday, May 02, 2016
Bathroom Designs and Beyond: How to Tackle the Planning Process
The planning process for bathroom designs, or any design project or remodeling job, is an integral aspect of an interior designer's role. Your interior designer will provide you with well-thought-out details—from concept and design drawings, to material and finish selection. You can become more involved in the process by reviewing their concepts and looking at sample materials to help you visualize the end result.
As you embark on the planning process with your interior designer, here are some tips and tricks to help ensure you are as successful as possible.
Get Inspired by Photos
Interior designers often look online and in magazines for design inspiration. This helps them come up with creative ideas for the design layout, materials, tile patterns, colors, and details such as lighting and hardware. Be sure to search for inspiration as well since it will help you gain a better understanding of the direction you want the design to go.
When your interior designer presents their initial ideas, provide feedback that expresses your own thoughts and needs—from functionality, to usage, to what you may or may not like in terms of color. It's important for you to communicate effectively, so your interior designer can try to incorporate these ideas and elements into the design.
Complete Design Drawings
Once inspiration concepts are selected and reviewed, the next step is for your interior designer to complete the design drawings. These drawings are used to convey the design plans to both you and your contractor, and anyone else who's involved in the process, such as tile installers—especially in terms of tile pattern and size.
These drawings should reflect all of the design plans. This will help your interior designer plan out specifics, such as the layout of your tub and shower, toilet, vanity, and tile. They should also include elevation in their drawings, which shows the front or side of the elements within the design plan. Elevation should be used to plan the bathroom vanity design, backsplash tile design, shower and tub configuration, and tile pattern and sizes for any vertical surfaces.
Select Colors and Materials
After you've looked at inspirational photos, offered feedback, and have seen completed design drawings from your interior designer, they will begin to select the colors and materials that will be featured within the design. When choosing elements, such as tile, they may head to a store to view samples and check out the range of options. Ordering samples is a great way to get a sense of how certain colors will work in the actual space, how they'll look next to adjacent, existing materials, and how different colors coordinate with each other.
When choosing tile, try to go with a classic, neutral option, such as one from the Modern Dimensions line. This collection comes in an array of colors, both glossy and matte finishes, and in a range of shapes and sizes, allowing you and your interior designer to create a unique pattern. It even includes all the coordinating trim pieces needed to complete a project. This line provides a large degree of flexibility thanks to its many options.
Today's bathroom designs, and just about any design project, require dedication during the planning process. With the help of your interior designer, you'll gather the right inspiration, put together realistic drawings, and then execute the overall design. Use these tips to be successful in creating a design you'll truly love.