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Interior Design: Modern Bathroom - The Architect's Guide

teacher avatar Zubair Hoque, 6th Year Architecture Student

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5 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Fixtures & Fittings

    • 3. Material Palette

    • 4. Contrast

    • 5. Lighting Design

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About This Class

Hi everyone and welcome to another interior design class. Today I'll be going through 4 key design principles when it comes to creating the perfect modern & luxury bathroom. I'll also be using my own bathroom designs as examples throughout each of the lessons to demonstrate each of these aspects in action.

What are the 4 design principles? 

- Fixtures & fittings

- Material palette

- Contrast

- Lighting scheme

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Zubair Hoque

6th Year Architecture Student


Hi, my name's Zubair and I'm a 6th Year Architecture student in the UK, currently studying for my Masters Degree.

Alongside my studies I've worked formally in the design & construction industry which is required to become a fully Chartered Architect as well as maintaining 2 YouTube channels (ZH Architecture & Travel + Zubair Hoque Cars) where I've picked up skills in video creating and editing.

I have also been a professional racing driver competing up to an international level and up to categories such as Formula 3.

On this channel I will be sharing with you a lot of the skills I've learnt as a result of doing all of these things.

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1. Introduction: have wrong. Welcome to a another skill share class my name's about And I'm a six year architecture students and in today's class would read talking you through four key design principles when it comes to creating the perfect bathroom design slash layout for your home. And these four principles are actually applicable to any kind of sized bathroom. Whether you're working with, like, a really big master bathroom for luxury property or, you know you're dealing with something a bit more compact, it you know, it shouldn't really matter. You should be able to achieve the same high level of modern slash luxury aesthetic that you that you wanted to go for. And over the course of these lessons, I'm actually gonna show you some designs that created myself right from the over the top luxury end to something a bit more reasonable, bit more realistic but still applying those principles to kind of achieve something that looks really, really modern on aesthetically pleasing but within much smaller constraint on with each of these designs that have done, I'm gonna talk you through the how why on physical difference, each of those changes can make. While these four key design principles. First, remember and talk through our the fixtures and fittings that you want to choose and use in your bathroom on believe they're not spending a lot more money doesn't always necessarily mean better results. In this day and age, there's something for everybody out there on with what's in fashion. What's gone out of fashion. What's looking very modern, sleek prize. You know where to look and what's actually look out for and achieve something really nice. Second principle is the material palette, but I'm gonna work with now with a bathroom. In general, there are some do's and don't when it comes to using certain materials or what works best for a space like that. In general, the bathroom is the smaller space in a dwelling on certain materials, and we use the have a different impact in space like that on the third principle is just one very key word, and that's contrast in one of my designs are highlighted this quite significantly, where the impact of contrast between just two materials massive difference to the oval look and feel of a space city. If you're going for a very modern on aesthetic approach, the way in which you can trust or lack of contrast between certain materials as much bigger impact than you might think. And then, lastly, the final principle is a very good lighting scheme, which is one of those things that's, you know, it's overlooked when it comes with the design of a house and space in general. In this day and age, people go, come sometimes go overboard with the light in your schemes that they choose for their bedrooms. Living spaces, kitchen at sectoral When you conserve the bathroom, that kind of neglected on. It's very easy weight actually make your bathroom one of the nicest places to be in the designs that I'm going to show. You don't very bespoke lighting schemes, some of which you know will be pretty difficult to achieve. However, you can take aspects and the whole design principle did behind why I've done it in that way and the type of lighting I have used and actually apply it to your own design in more realistic manner. So with that introduction out of the way, let's get into the lessons 2. Fixtures & Fittings: So first we have fixtures and fittings straight. Wait, you know, I'm going to talk about this from UK Home perspective. On used to be the fact with things like things like You know, you watch bases, very standard design most to kind of just have a head of store. So you know you got the basin and then piping. It's hidden under way in kind of like a pedestal, whether it's full length by the store or a semi pedestal, and that was just standard manner of doing about through. However, that is not the way to do it now, especially if you want to achieve something that looks very modern. It's a big no no straight away. Instead, what we should aim to look for when it comes to the whole basin and Vanity Unit is something like an over the top basin. I tend to use those in my designs a lot, or the alternative to that is kind of a basin that's integrated into the top vanity shelf itself that's generally more popular and works better with a basin that's kind of long room with than it is in depth. But that could be subject to you know the actual space that you're working with. You know, if if it is a bit more constrained, I'd probably go with an over the top basin, something like a bowl shape. We mix it up to that kind of on display for the side or, you know, you can just fit them straight into the wall Vanity unit itself. I find that floating vanities are very popular right now on dime. Not surprised. They do look very modern, very sleep, very aesthetic on. They literally come in all shapes and sizes. So you know where they gave up? Large bathroom, small bathroom. You know, you should be covered when it comes to that. And, you know, if you adopt this approach, you don't have to spend massive amounts of money If you are based in the UK, A very cost effective place to shop when it comes to those types of fittings is Victorian plumbing. Generally, I do stand by the whole you get what you pay for. But if you are a bit on a budget and you can get some really nicely designed stuff at a reasonable price, be logical about it. If it's 1/5 of the price of a really expensive designer brand or whatever. Yeah, it probably won't last as long, but I'll leave that down to you to decide. But generally I find that they've got some really modern looking designs for pretty much anything. The vanity units, wall mirrors, basins, mixer taps, that sort of thing, which actually brings me on to the next thing, which is, if you'll if this is the main bathroom on, you know you've got back in there what looks really nice and I would recommend, especially if you know you're going for that modern kind of luxury look is a free standing bath. There's just something about free standing bath, but just exudes luxury and kind of a really a really modern approach on, and you don't need a massive bathroom to do it, and you don't need to spend massive amounts of money. Some mind designs that worked on generally have focused more on the luxury and with you know, I'm working with very generous proportions in terms of room sizes. However, I did apply those same principles into a smaller design where you are still able to fit a free standing, but within the design chances are you probably leaning towards that route thing with a freestanding back, you're actually adding some curve to the design of your space. You know, the alternative to a freestanding math would have been just kind of your typical. It's a cool kind of 1700 millimeter bath, then kind of tiled along the size. Bollocks. Generally, you know, could be very boxy in shape on bond, just not as nice to the act as a free standing bath. So, yeah, get one of those in. I would recommend that very much on, just like with the, uh, basin and 20 units. If you shop around, you don't have to spend massive amounts of money to get yourself free standing bath general , the appliances fixtures that you'd morning the bathroom right down to the toilet itself. Shower thermostats, that sector. If you know you have, if you have a shower as well integrated into the wall, there are cheaper alternatives out there. Still have a very good design aesthetic to them, which is the whole purpose of what we're trying to achieve in this class. Once you've got an idea off the types of pictures of fittings you want, we can then move on to the next aspect 3. Material Palette: so up next. The second principle is materials palette. Now, generally, for a bathroom, there are some materials textures that you just want to avoid completely. So, for example, you know, in a bedroom you might have a really soft carpet finish. That's not what you want in a bathroom. Have seen it before, and it's not the modern way. Plus, it's just less hygiene. Nicolas Sanitary, for obvious reasons. And when it comes to material choice, I kind of split between primary and secondary primary material is kind of what's going to be the floor, the walls and sometimes even the ceiling itself on for myself. Personally, if you are going for that whole modern aesthetic, I'd say there's only two choices. It's either tiling for you go for like a wooden laminate for your floor finish and potentially some of the walls. However, I do have a preference to tiling on. I'll explain that in the coming moments. Now, with the bathroom, as I had mentioned earlier, it is generally the smallest space in a house because you're working with those smaller dimensions. The material choice has a big impact on how it makes that space feel in terms of manipulating what your brain sees. You want to go with something that's generally quite refractive in terms of its surface finish, because what does the because that's the effect of bouncing light. You know, if you got a window bouncing off those services and just making the room seemed brighter and area than it actually is. And if you're going through the whole modern on luxury aesthetic, I tend to use marble tiling in my designs. It's generally the luxury go to material for pretty much 90% of bathroom designs. And for good reason. We've got that highly reflective finished that we want relatively practical mob Seymour hygiene and sanitary. And mentally we associate model with, you know, luxury in general on def. That's what you going forward? Six. The job perfectly when it comes to the actual timing itself. Now again, in this day and age, there's imitation materials of pretty much everything out there. You know you can get laminate flooring that imitates really expensive board, and it's no different with marble now as well. So if you don't want to splash out on very expensive massive marble slabs, that's absolutely fine. There'll be a manmade substitute that has the desired effect, what you're going for and when it comes to in terms of natural tiling sizes and things going for the luxury approach, the bigger the tile, the better. And again, it's a mental thing rather than anything else. You know the designs dive, don't I use generally very big model slabs over if you don't want to go with the marble tiling countless types and sub categories of tiles out there from glass tiles and slate tiles that will, that could be, you know, down to your own personal preference. You could match that to a theme that you've got running through the whole house that can have an impact on. You know, the type of material palette that you want for your main Bufford and then good secondary materials are things like wood laminate sorts would in general. And you use those things like the natural furniture in the bathroom where the cabinets, shelf ing vanity units and accident support on accident supporting material. Really, that second room material should definitely be in a different material category two, your primary material on the reason for that, I'll explain in the next lesson, which is the next key principle 4. Contrast: the third design principle contrast. Now, this has a massive impact on how you see things in your bathroom design, what you see first and something that I used to quite a dramatic effect in my own kind of luxury bathroom designs. The whole point of contrast is that it draws your eyes to different things on in a luxury bathroom lower or just any kind of bathroom layer you want to draw, or you'd want to draw attention to particular features. Key features Generally, my designs. It's usually free standing bath, or it might frame of you. If you've got quite big big window that looks out on something great, it could be the types of fittings you've used. Cannon focuses your attention on the nicest parts off the bathroom, but you've kind of created with my designs. I generally have no lighter primary material, which is usually, you know, like a light marble. Then I use something like a very dark wood as the contrast drink as the contrasting second roommate material to tired. Things like a free standing bath bought a raised platform, coming it shelf ing the shower area and then you can actually go one step further with as well as using like a contrasting material. You know, you had contrasting finish surface finishes. So in the example of mine designs, you've got the highly reflective surfaces of marble. But then kind of more of a satin finish on, say, like a dark embody would, for example, and if you look in this design in particular, basically just got two different materials in the whole scheme. But they did. They work so well with each other in terms of that contrast, in terms of highlighting the areas that I want to highlight key features the nicest parts of the bathroom. Let's face it. Very rarely do we get space that's absolutely perfect in every way, shape and form. More often than not, the might be areas, locks and crannies that would don't want to draw too much attention to. So by adding a contrasting material that highlights all frames on area of the space that we that we know looks good as the mental impacts of making the whole space seeing a lot nicer . There are some exceptions to this case of, you know, having to contrast ing derails or more than two contrasting materials And that's if you're going. If you're going for natural feed. For example, in this particular design, I kind of did an alternative scheme where it was kind of basically a dark scheme where I can wanted to avoid having lots of contrast purpose. And I was going for a very dramatic overall look. Cases where you might apply that is, if you've got your own color scheme that you applied to the rest of your house in terms of your bedrooms, kitchens. But it could be lighter tones, warmer tones, whatever it may be. You know, it wouldn't really make sense to Abdullah's a contrast in the bathroom. And when you haven't done it elsewhere and generally find a lack of contrast, working better with a neutral dark scheme rather than a light scheme with like colors, it looks less purposeful by finding general a safe option is to kind of mix marble with wood in a bathroom, and right now that's really in fashion and trend and fraught for good reason as well. They're just 30 materials just work really well together with my latest design, which is more compact scheme, kind of exploited that quite a lot And then once you've got those three aspects nailed, we could move on to the final design principle, which is a lighting scheme. 5. Lighting Design: So the final design principle. Ah, really good lighting scheme. This is the the area that most people tend to overlook on that kind of just sticked, something but bland or just under lip, sometimes over lit on it can actually ruined all the good work that you will have put into kind of choosing the perfect fixtures and fittings. Choosing the right materials etcetera you wanted you wanted can trade a lighting scheme that enhances the overall design off the bathroom on again. Back to that, highlighting key features, the nicest areas. It's all really mental perception game, really. The lighting schemes I generally designed for the luxury bathrooms are quite over the top, sometimes difficult to achieve. However, you can take principles from that and ideas from what I've done and kind of apply them to more realistic layout. Now the standard lighting that everyone's come doing in minute just sealing spots, which, yeah, I find that just a bit boring. And it's definitely worth considering some alternative options and again doesn't have to be that complicated or that expensive on the very first thing. That's just people is, you know, if you are going with ceiling spots you know the ceiling spot that's generally over the basin. Or, you know, that's basically over the basin, the Fante unit, rather than have a scenic spot, why not consider Cem hanging ceiling pendants, which kind of dropped down? You know, there are only two dropped are massively you don't want obscure, you know the view into the mirror. But it just adds a nice design feature to the bathroom. And you know, you're not looking for something massive proportions. Generally, you want something that's kind of quite sleek. It's usually you go for something that's tall, skinny. I've used it in one of my schemes here on in general. That just works really nicely over that over the basin area with the fancy itself, you know, he have gone for something. That's kind of like you've got, like, a tabletop counter type thing with over the top basin. It's very easy to just add led script lighting kind of underneath. Then stats a nice glow to the overall space. Andi again, In this day and age, RGB led lighting so you can choose whatever color you want, depending depending on your mood. That particular day, Yeah, I find that you know, if you have got a separate bath area, I tend to use race platforms for two reasons, really first reason being that kind of. By raising something up off normal ground level, it celebrates it. Maury adds a bit more focus and attention to it, but also you're able to leave kind of recesses and gaps on the edges that perfect for again , more led strip lighting, which just as a really, really nice effect and overall glow to the room. So I just kind of like ground level. You can do this. You can do this within the ceiling itself. You know, if you've got recess ceilings or if you've got faults, drop ceilings. You know, if you were to do the opposite way around, it's very easy to actually go overboard with them. But I'd suggest just picking one or two key spots to have some kind of different lighting that separate to you know that the main ceiling spots that you're most likely going tohave You're generally all of my bathrooms games. I do pay close attention to the lighting skin, but I choose because and if I turn those lighting schemes off, just attracts from the overall look and wow factor of the design. Quite a lot. So they have it. Ladies and gents, you if you implement those four design principles, you know that I use my design luxury, high end bathrooms, that there's absolutely no reason why you can't achieve the same kind of look and feel in your own bathroom. That might be of much smaller constraints or whatever the scenario might be. You know, if you do it the right way, he you may actually end up with your bathroom being the nicest space in year. Your entire house hope this second interior design class has been beneficial to all of you watching on Do consider following form or interior design classes in the future where I will be working my way through bedrooms, kitchens and you know, the key design principles for those spaces. Thanks. Watching on I'll see you in my next class