With striking new ideas and concepts at every conceivable price point, it is often hard to choose the right combination of sinks, faucets, showerheads and toilets – the trends of today always at risk of becoming the eyesores of tomorrow.
So much so, that while fashionable fixtures can seem very alluring, an investment in high quality, long-lasting products will rarely be regretted.
With new models and new functionality, it is easy to get swept up in installing the latest and greatest.
Instead, faucets that fit the overall style of your bathroom should be prioritised, in particular, ones that are made of high quality material that will perform ‘as new’ across their entire lifespan.
Much like faucets, the choice in sinks is almost endless.
Vanity top sinks, coming in all shapes and sizes, can be the most budget-friendly and easy to install.
While, under-mount sinks – attached below the counter’s surface – blend very well with stone countertops and other solid surfaces.
Integral sinks made from the same material as the countertop, while more expensive, often give a sleek look.
And wall hung or pedestal sinks can use less space while being striking from a design point of view.
When it comes to shower heads it is always a good idea to consider wall-mounted options.
Additional hand held features can always be introduced to give a luxury-spa feel to the area, but rarely should be the only option.
While ceiling mounted showerheads and body sprays that can be used to create amazingly relaxing and therapeutic bathing experiences are great – if you can budget for the additional plumbing costs.
As toilets account for nearly 30 percent of residential water usage, one of the first things you should consider is using less water without sacrificing performance.
With newer models able to save about 55 percent less water than a conventional model, it makes sense to invest in 6 star rated models.
From a functionality point of view, thought should also be given to leaving enough room around your toilet for access and cleaning – a one-piece toilet being both stylish and sensible due to its compact size and easy sanitisation.