Blog series: Jenna Densten’s tips on renovating a bathroom
Partnering with e&s, design and renovation duo Josh and Jenna Densten are in the process of renovating their 1870s Canning Cottage in inner-city North Melbourne. The couple is converting what was once a two-bedroom worker’s cottage to a one-bedroom studio, so they’re learning the ins and outs of renovating a small home. We spoke to Jenna to get her expert tips on what you need to consider if you’re planning a small bathroom renovation.
Practical and functional floorplan
You need to consider the floor plan and the most practical solution for your bathroom. This is part of the planning stage and so important before you get started on your bathroom renovation. Although there are some nicely designed loos these days; I like to hide the toilet, where possible, behind the door so when the door is open the toilet is not the first thing in sight. Storage is a huge consideration in a bathroom, and you can factor this in with your vanity and cabinetry, and recess in walls above the sink where possible. This also allows you to use unutilised space within your wall cavity for much-needed toothbrush storage.
Create the illusion of space
We like to use similar tones or the same finish on floors and walls. It provides an illusion of space as the lines are blurred. Lighter colours also work well in small spaces. A large mirror will trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is, so I like to incorporate a mirrored cabinet recessed into the wall in small bathrooms. A full height mirror and shower screen will also give the illusion of height in your bathroom which may help compensate for the overall size of your space.
Lighting and tapware in your bathroom are like your jewellery or accessories. You can select a range of accessories, from an extensive variety of colours in your tapware – stainless, chrome, brass to black and a whole lot more. Great bathroom lighting either side of your mirror can create a Hollywood glam look, yet be extremely practical. There is a huge range of tapware on the market and it can be a bit tricky to choose, but we ended up going for Astra Walter tapware, which looked great together with the a Caroma basin we picked, both brands are stocked at e&s
Terrazzo floor to ceiling has been a huge trend and will continue for some time yet. Tapware is continuing with brass, but we’re seeing more brushed and antique looking metals. I’m predicting white tapware will grow in popularity, in addition to black and chrome, which will always be a popular choice in the bathroom. In our Canning Cottage bathroom, we went with a beautiful white shower mixer and white overhead rain shower for a crisp look from the Astra Walker range, available at e&s. In the shower, we went with a frameless panel of glass with a curved top to reduce the harshness pointy edge. Another idea to bring in softer elements in the bathroom is to add timber vanities, use texture tiles in warmer tones and also style it with beautiful towels and indoor greenery.