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Top tips for renovating your bathroom

Time spent at home during lockdowns has brought thoughts of renovating for many – and bathrooms are a strong early contender for change up

Bathrooms are top of the list to renovate as they play a vital role in our daily life. 

While it’s important that it’s functional, this doesn’t mean you should compromise on style and design.  

When renovating a bathroom there are many things to consider, including whether it’s a family bathroom or an ensuite, the size of the room, and whether you can change the layout or just the furniture and accessories.

Here Andy Grigor, from leading designers and manufacturers of showers and taps, Methven, shares his expert tips to consider when updating your bathroom.

Replace your vanity

Removing your old vanity and replacing it with a new one will instantly make your bathroom feel like it’s had a full renovation. 

A wall-mounted floating vanity will also open up the feel of a small bathroom space by adding more floor area. 

However, if your budget doesn’t allow for a purchase of a new vanity, then look to ways to repurpose your old one or even utilise an existing piece of furniture. 

Keep in mind the size of the area and the plumbing needs.


Removing your old vanity and replacing it with
Removing your old vanity and replacing it with a new one will instantly make your bathroom feel like it’s had a full renovation. The Methven Tūroa Collection mixer features on this vanity.

Update your shower and tapware

By simply replacing your tapware and shower you will transform the feeling of your bathroom. 

Showers and tapware can define the theme of your bathroom. 

Combined with functionality, choosing a shower and tapware that looks stunning will convert your bathroom into a room you can’t wait to use. 

The basin mixer is typically the hero of your tapware collection. 

Once you are happy with this choice, select your shower and bathroom accessories with complementary shapes to complete your bathroom and create a cohesive look. 

Choosing versatile tapware such as Methven’s Waipori Basin Mixer can suit a number of different styles from Minimalist through to Modern.

The basin mixer is typically the hero of
The basin mixer is typically the hero of your tapware collection. A Methven Waipori Basin Mixer completes this contemporary vanity.

“When choosing bathroom fixtures and fittings think about what you want from your fixtures, and your wider bathroom design," says Grigor. 

"Consider how you want your finished bathroom to look and feel and how will it fit in with the rest of your home."

 Design styles include Australian Modern, influenced by the outdoors – with a focus on the natural colour palette and timber.  

The Minimalist bathroom style is quite striking and showcases stylised geometry and a simplified colour palette with texture and a play of light and shade, such as with Methven’s Easy Click range. 

It’s the perfect sanctuary from a busy world. 

"The New Scandi embodies playful layering of timber tones and a simple warm colour palette to create a tranquil space, and works perfectly with Australia’s love of relaxed coastal,” says the bathroom expert. 

When choosing bathroom fixtures and fittings think about
When choosing bathroom fixtures and fittings think about what you want from your fixtures, and your wider bathroom design. The Methven Easyclick shower features here.

Tiles can make a big difference

“You can renew your bathroom and give a sense of a complete upgrade, just by re-grouting your tiles. 

"If your tiles are still in good condition, they may simply need to be re-grouted in order to make them seem brand new again and brighten your bathroom, as discolouration can show the bathroom’s age,” says Grigor.

Tile choices can make a big difference to
Tile choices can make a big difference to the look of your bathing/showering space, as can your designer shower fittings – the Methven Kiri MK2 Satin Jet Low-flow-Wall-shower features here.

Layout matters

Often, when undertaking renovations, we tend to reconfigure the entire layout of a room. 

While changing the locations of certain features like a tub can transform a small bathroom, others can be unnecessary and not cost-effective.

“I wouldn’t recommend changing the location of the faucet – this will result in more work and a higher cost. 

"Instead, try including decorative accents that add a touch of personal flair such as plants or décor, or alternatively try adding a mirror to enhance the room and make it feel lighter and more spacious” says Grigor.

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Story by: Andy Grigor, group head of design and innovation, Methven

16 Jan, 2022

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