Omvivo bathrooms are Australian designers and manufacturers of innovative bathroom products. Principal Designer, Thomas Coward, talks bathrooms trends and a whole lot more.
What trends are popular in bathrooms right now?
Creating an earthy bathroom sanctuary with colours and textures inspired by nature is at the forefront of interior trends. Home builders and renovators, as well as designers will be looking for interior products that bring a sense of nature into the home, creating a tranquil, relaxing ambience.
Using a beautiful stone basin paired with timber furniture, adding a plant and selecting towels in shades of gentle ochre, pale shell, moss or stone will provide the perfect natural bathroom haven.
If you’re selling a house or renovating what will increase the sale price?
When renovating an investment property, keep in mind more than one bathroom will add value to the property. Families as well as professional couples are looking for a 2nd bathroom, so if you can work an ensuite or powder room into your renovation you will definitely see rewards when it comes time to renting or selling the property.
If you are selling a property and you don’t want to embark on any major work, add a fresh coat of paint and replace the basin with a more up to date feature piece. Consider re grouting the tiles and replacing the old framed shower with a new inexpensive semi frameless model.
This will make your bathroom look bigger and brighter. Finally, make sure the bathroom is spotless and surfaces are bare, then you can add a plant, accessories such as a beautiful soap dispenser and towels to style the bathroom, ready for inspection.
What are practical storage solutions for small bathrooms?
Choosing the right vanity is crucial when creating a functional bathroom. Omvivo’s Neo collection takes the needs and desires of the modern family into consideration with its deep storage drawer and extensive bench top and is available in a range of sizes including a compact 700mm vanity.
Also consider storage behind an overhead mirror or open shelves for towels. And don’t underestimate the value of a simple robe hook – perfect for hanging towels or your bathrobe!
How do you keep bathroom tiles clean?
When deciding on which tiles to use in your bathroom, first consider their size as the smaller the tile, the more time consuming the cleaning process will be. If you are using a tile other than white, consider a darker grout that will not show up marks as much as white grout.
I have found that cleaning with simple household mixtures made from acidic and slightly abrasive products such as salt, baking soda or vinegar work best and are preferable for the environment.
Where can people find inspiration for their bathrooms?
Magazines are a fantastic resource providing good DIY tips, trends and ideas as well as examples of stunning bathrooms.
Sometimes the best inspiration comes from visiting other bathrooms – take notice of what works and what doesn’t work when you’re out at friends houses, restaurants or even the hairdresser!
Don’t forget there are some great renovation and home shows such as Lifestyle Home, which can provide great tips for DIY renovators as well as ideas for colours, tiles and fittings.
How much should people spend on a normal bathroom in a family home for a makeover?
For a quick makeover or facelift, allow between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on how much needs doing and how much you can do yourself. If you don’t have the time or knowledge to do things yourself, then much of your budget will be allocated to tradesmen.
To step it up into renovation territory, replacing all the fittings with standard priced fixtures, retiling but keeping the location of the fittings (not moving plumbing) you will need to budget somewhere between $12,000 to $20,000.
This obviously depends on factors such as the size of the bathroom and how much you can do yourself. For many, investing in beautiful bathrooms in their home is a non negotiable decision and budgets can be anywhere between $18,000 to $30,000 for a complete overhaul, replacing everything with new high quality fittings.
Don’t start with an unrealistic budget or you will just be disappointed. If at the end you have funds left over, you can always pop it back into the bank account.