Family Bathroom Ideas: Our Exciting Plans for a Bathroom Remodel

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a stand alone bath with black feet, green panelling around the bath and rattan shelving with plants

Why are family bathrooms more difficult than kitchens to plan? When we moved into our new house, I already knew what our kitchen would look like, the layout, the colors, and the style. I knew what appliances we needed, the storage space, and all the extras with a cherry on top!

But with so many family bathroom ideas on my Pinterest board, I was struggling to come up with a definitive plan.  When I sat down to have a long hard think about our family bathroom and how it was going to look, I really hit a brick wall.

Was it the curse of Instagram and Pinterest again, throwing too many inspiring images and posts my way so I couldn’t decide? Was it the fact that bathrooms tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the house with a lot of furniture and appliances to fit in?

Family restrooms have to work very hard with the space they are given 🙂

a bathroom with victorian style toilet, stand along bath, stain glassed window and brick wall
Bathrooms have a lot of work to do! Image credit: bathroomcity.co.uk

I loved our old family bathroom; I was really happy with the design and how it turned out. I wasn’t, however, happy with the layout and I knew I needed to learn from my mistakes with our new family bathroom.

a bathroom floor plan
Our old bathroom layout. We had a stand-alone bath running under the window, a vanity sink to the right, a toilet to the left, a corner shower, and a radiator behind the door. It worked although we found the shower enclosure to be too small.
a pink bath with patterened flooring, grey walls, white metro tiles and shelving
It was a pretty bathroom though!

Family Bathroom Ideas

The previous bathroom layout was born from my dislike of shower curtains! I wrote about our old bathroom renovation here. I wanted a stand-alone roll-top bath and when I looked at getting a shower put over the bath, I just didn’t think a fixed shower screen would work.

All our previous homes had baths with showers over them and a dreaded shower curtain. I consistently found myself having an argument with the shower curtain and trying to peel it off my wet skin like clingfilm wrapped around sausage meat so a curtain was a definite no-no.

a very pink bathroom with square white tiles and a pink mermaid shower curtain
However, I could be convinced to have a shower curtain if it was as pretty as this! Image credit: @kate_rose_morgan

With this in mind, we ended up putting a stand-alone bath and separate shower in. The shower enclosure was squeezed into the corner and being only 80cm x 80cm, felt slightly claustrophobic when using it. So, I didn’t, preferring to use the shower room downstairs.

In our new house, we have an en-suite in the master bedroom, another reason why we bought this property. We have a large shower in there so a shower for the family bathroom wasn’t foremost on my mind.

The family bathroom mainly gets used by my kids who are 6 and 8 so we definitely need a bath.

an en-suite bathroom with grey flooring and blue tiles
Our en-suite. Very similar to our family bathroom and needs updating.

However, they are starting to request showers more so I had to decide whether we needed to put a shower in there as well. I’ll be honest, I don’t really want them using our en-suite!

a blue bathroom with white bath and sink
Our current family bathroom is functional and works well for the kids.

Our Family Bathroom

The current bathroom is fine, it’s functional and gives the kids lots of room so they can thump each other whilst brushing their teeth and generally annoy the hell out of each other (does anyone else have to play referee at night time and spend ages trying to wrestle the kids into bed?)

There is a lot of floor space in the bathroom which is a bonus after our old family bathroom, but I feel like we could do so much more with it.

bathroom floor plan
The current bathroom plan with a lot of floor space.

The décor is simple and clean, but it definitely needs updating. It’s not really my style, it needs more color and pattern (obviously!) and I’d like to rejig the layout a little bit.

We need to replace the bath as it currently leaks and we spend ages trying to get the plug out after a bath as the plug mechanism is broken. The sink is also impractical, it is flat so water always pools in it and the tap is directly over the plug hole so we’re forever cleaning out the sink.

Bath vs Shower… or Both?

My first thoughts were to keep the existing layout and update the toilet, sink, and bath. I started looking for bath/shower combinations and just couldn’t find anything I liked!

I love roll tops and stand-alone baths, so looked at getting a shower screen for them. I popped my dilemma on Instagram and received a lot of messages warning me about stand-alone baths and attached shower screens.

a white metro tiled bathroom with white bathroom suite
Bath with shower screen – Burlington

Inevitably, the stand-alone bath will move so the shower screen will never be 100% fitted and it made sense. It also helped me decide to update the family bathroom restroom layout and go for a separate bath and shower.

Navigating the Shower Selection: Thermostatic vs Electric

While pondering over the layout and design of your family bathroom, it’s critical to delve into the type of shower that best suits your needs.

The choice between a thermostatic and an electric shower, though seemingly minor, can have significant implications for both the functionality and aesthetics of your space. Deciding between these two can indeed be a bit tricky.

A comprehensive guide by House of Enki could prove quite insightful in this respect. This guide navigates through the showdown between thermostatic and electric showers, unpacking their operational details, their key differences, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Taking time to understand these factors can be instrumental in ensuring that your new bathroom not only looks fantastic but also aligns with your family’s unique needs. Make your choice with confidence, armed with the knowledge from this handy guide.

Changing the Layout

Deciding on a separate bath and shower meant that I would have to play around with the layout. I created our family bathroom space in SketchUp and moved the largest piece, the bath, around the room.

I decided the best place to put it was under the window, with the shower enclosure in the right-hand corner. For now, I have put the sink in between the bath and shower and the toilet to the left as you walk in, but we may have to swap them around when we look at the soil pipe situation.

a bathroom floorplan
Bathroom layout ideas

The door currently opens to the left, which means it will rest against the bath when open. I don’t see that being a problem but will look at putting in a sliding door if we find the door takes up too much space.

The Bathroom Suite

Bathroom design has come a long way since I last designed a bathroom and that has only been 4 years. You can now get bathroom suites in many different colors. You can choose from washstands or vanity units for your sinks and a wide range of different materials for your bath.

a blue vanity sink with blue tiled flooring in the bathroom
The new Chalfont range from Burlington comes in 3 different colors. Image credit: Burlington
a monochrome bathroom with black tiled shower and black vanity unit
Black Chalfont Vanity unit – Burlington
a pink vanity unit sink
The Riviera collection by Burlington

I wanted a sophisticated, spa-like feel in the bathroom so I decided to stick with a roll-top bath and washstand with gold accents. I’ve chosen to keep the toilet sleek in design with a traditional twist. The shower head, bath, and basin taps will all be gold like the washstand.

bathroom suite moodboard
Bathroom suite ideas

Our plans for the bathroom remodel include a contemporary design that seamlessly combines functionality and aesthetics. One focal point of the renovation involves installing a sleek glass panel for shower, creating an open and airy feel while maintaining privacy.

This transparent element will not only enhance the visual appeal of the space but also allow for natural light to permeate, contributing to a brighter atmosphere.

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The Fun Bit, the Décor

As I am keeping the bathroom suite quite neutral, I’m going to add color and a bit of pattern to the walls. I knew I wanted to put paneling up in the bathroom (I wanted to do this in our last bathroom, but for some reason, builders said it wasn’t possible.

I just think they didn’t want the extra work and that was one of the reasons why I wanted a stand-alone roll-top bath so I could run the paneling behind it.

a black bath with green panelling and wallpaper on the wall
The beautiful paneling in Mel’s bathroom really brings the room together. Image credit: @melanielissackinteriors

I wanted to keep the style quite calming and spa-like, so I decided to go with muted tones of sage green and off-white with accents of gold throughout.

Another style I really wanted to introduce to the modern family bathroom is terrazzo. I absolutely love it, there are so many beautiful designs out there at the moment, and terrazzo doesn’t have to give you that supermarket shop floor feel!

a moodboard for terrazzo tiles
Terrazzo tiles with gold accents. Image credit: boutiquestone.co.uk

I will be installing terrazzo tiles in the shower enclosure, with sage green paneling around the rest of the room. I will also be adding wooden shelving for storage and plenty of plants and artwork.

terrazzo tiles in the bathroom with a grey vanity unit
A stunning design using Terrazzo. Image credit: @weirheadcottage_
a bathroom moodboard with terrazzo tiles
My Family Bathroom remodel ideas

Flooring

Finally, the flooring. With a lot going on with the walls, I’ve decided to keep the flooring quite plain and simple. I will probably go for hexagonal-style tiles or vinyl and if my budget allows it, maybe even marble flooring.

hexagonal tiles for the floor
This simple design incorporates both hexagonal tiles and marble. Perfect! Hamptons Hex by Porcelain Superstore
a large bath tub with hexagonal flooring tiles and grey walls
I adore these hexagonal tiles in Susanna’s amazing en-suite. Image credit: @shnordic

What do you think of my bathroom plans? Let me know in the comments! We’re hoping to start this renovation quite soon so I will be documenting it in my stories and on my Instagram feed. I can’t wait to see the finished result.

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8 Comments

  1. Love this! It’s very similar to what I was thinking for my bathroom, so I’ll be watching very closely how it goes. Did I miss this dimensions of the room and shower enclosure?

  2. Love all your ideas except for flooring – my daughter had a nasty slip on a marble bathroom floor – they are so hazardous when the get wet.

  3. Lovely colours and textures, inspiring. Could you identify the pink and charcoal wallpaper used above the sink please, I have been searching for just that?

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