Compact luxury Ensuite bathroom, complete with a semi freestanding bath and a switch glass window. Perfect example of how to make small bathrooms feel large
Easy clean Corian bathroom

When planning a bathroom renovation, you need to choose a design option that meets your existing and future needs. This may be a simple renovation to replace fixtures or a complex project to change the layout and enlarge the bathroom.

Our design guide will give you plenty of food for thought so you can decide how to proceed.


Large luxury bathroom with a freestanding bath in front of an open fireplace. A great way to make the most of existing features in a heritage home
Large luxury bathroom with a fireplace

Think about your current bathroom layout. Is it flexible enough to meet your existing or future needs for space and storage? Is there anything about the layout that bothers you, e.g. perhaps it’s noticeably cold or drafty while taking a bath or feels cramped and poky?

Get a bathroom designer in to assess the structure carefully so you know the limits of your bathroom. The proposed renovation must either fit the existing structure or the required structural changes must be possible. They can also draw you up a basic draft of the best layout for the space.


A semi freestanding bath sits between 2 vanities and the bath has a custom tiled mural across the corner. - The clients own photograph converted to tiles
Separating double vanities can make the space work better

When it comes to fixtures, it’s a good idea to create a wish list of everything you want in your bathroom reno. After all, modern bathrooms are all about pampering, as well as functionality.

Even if you have to cut your list back at a later date due to budget or size constraints, at least it’ll be a conscious decision, and not because you didn’t realise you could have it.

Fixtures you might want to consider for a new layout include:

His & hers sinks Freestanding bath Spa bath Shower or bath niche Twin showers New toilet Underfloor heating Heated towel rail Adding windows or skylights New ventilation fan.


Mood lighting in the back of a niche in the curved wall that hugs the back of the semi freestanding bath
Mood lighting in the niche doubles as feature lighting

  • The right lighting can make a vast difference to the final look and functionality of your bathroom. So this should be an important consideration and not just an afterthought. Think about the existing lighting. Is it visually pleasing, or is it outdated? Does it use energy efficiently? Does it give out adequate light or do you need more overall light or task lighting?

Ideally, a bathroom should have a few layers of lighting, including:

  • Ambient – such as recessed fixtures or wall sconces

  • Task – to illuminate the vanity mirror

  • Decorative – for adding interest to the space

In a bathroom reno, a lighting update may be as simple as replacing the existing fixtures with new ones or as complex as a complete redesign. If you’re adding a lot of new features, then you may need new wiring and outlets for increased loads (e.g. whirlpool tubs or underfloor heating).


One brass feature light above the bath provides a pop of color needed for this black and white bathroom
Black, White and grey with a pop of brass

Choosing a colour scheme is one of the most important factors of a bathroom reno. The right colours will make you want to spend time in your new bathroom, not avoid it.

You may have set ideas on the colours you want to use, or you may need more time to research ideas on interior decorating sites.

If you’re not sure where to start or don’t want to get it wrong, here are some ideas to help you out:

  • Use colour cues from materials you’ve already chosen, e.g. tile tones, marble veins.

  • Carry a colour palette through from another room in the house, e.g. the kitchen for cohesion and flow.

  • Create a mood board of tile, paint, and fabric samples, so you can see how it all looks together.

  • Use neutrals, such as grey and white, as your base and add colours with accessories like towels, a pot plant, or a fancy hand wash.


A dress mirror with oposite opening doors makes the most of the available storage space whilst maintaining efficient access points
Opposite opening doors on a dress mirror

Not enough bathroom storage is a common complaint for many homeowners. So make sure your new bathroom takes care of all your storage needs.

Think about how many people will use the bathroom on a regular basis. If it’s an ensuite for a master bedroom, for example, then you won’t need as much storage as a family bathroom does.

What items do you want to store in the bathroom for ease of access: towels, toilet paper, extra shampoo, toothpaste?

What kind of storage do you want, inbuilt or freestanding? Even if you have a small bathroom, you can get creative by adding inset shelving to a wall, a corner, or above the doorway.


By not tiling this bathroom to ceiling height combined with using the wall and floor tiles keeps the space looking expansive
Use tile height to change the feel of the space

Choosing the right tiling height is important when renovating because it will affect the overall look and feel of the bathroom. As well as the cost.

You can tile to a certain level, for example, to the top of the window or door architrave. You can also have different tiling levels in the one bathroom or you can tile to the ceiling. All will have a different effect on how the bathroom will look.

Speak to a bathroom designer about tiling to get professional advice on what will work in your space.


Luxury balwyn Bathroom

A complete bathroom renovation costs you between $30,000 and $40,000, a luxury bathroom renovation over $50,000.

The overall cost estimate of the bathroom renovation will be affected by how labour intensive it is, (e.g. tilers, plumbers, builders) and how many luxury features you add.

To keep within your budget, prioritise your wishlist and avoid a bathroom renovation blowout by:

  • Making a plan and sticking to it

  • Keeping to the layout you have rather than restructuring

  • Shopping around for the best price on fixtures

  • Using reputable tradespeople who stick to budgets

  • Not overspending on designer fixtures.

If you’d like to find out what’s possible in terms of a bathroom renovation in your space, get in touch with the team at Bubbles Bathrooms today – we look forward to hearing from you!