Interior designer’s tips for renovating a bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. If you’re going to renovate, it’s important to plan your purchases well in advance.

Generally speaking, when we renovate a bathroom, we want it to last more than 15 years. You need to make wise, timeless choices. You need to think about changes to the sanitaryware and plumbing. It’s also important to check the components of the existing plumbing to make sure they are durable. Some materials are less resistant to wear and tear (cast iron or copper components) and it’s best to replace them with more durable materials.

The list of bathroom items

Here’s a list of items you may need when renovating your bathroom :

· Bath
· Bath taps
· Shower base
· Shower glass and door
· Shower taps
· Vanity unit
· Washbasin (basin, built-in, semi-recessed, etc.)
· Washbasin tap(s)
· Linen room
· Medicine cabinet
· Mirror
· Toilet
· Towel rail
· Ceramic floor tiles
· Ceramic wall tiles (bath, shower, splashback, etc.)

Specialist plumbing shops

To make the right choices, it’s advisable to buy sanitaryware in specialist plumbing shops. This type of shop offers a guarantee and after-sales service on all the products it sells. This service is provided by the company where you buy your sanitaryware, or by the manufacturer’s representative. Since the parts are of better quality, in the event of a breakdown, the company will send you a new part free of charge, in accordance with the guarantee.


This will not be the case for purchases made in a superstore (hardware store). The products offered there come with entry-level quality. For example, when you buy a simple tap, if it fails, there are no spare parts to replace the faulty component or components, and no after-sales service. In this case, you will have to spend a second time on a new tap.

Hardware store taps usually have plastic parts on the inside that frequently break, whereas specialist shops usually have metal parts. There’s no secret about it, you always get what you pay for !

In the case of a shower base, this is much more complex. When it’s damaged, you have to change several components : ceramic tiles, the shower base and the shower door. All these changes risk damaging the taps too.

Here again, we can draw a parallel between a specialist shop and the high street. Generally speaking, a shower base bought in a supermarket is made from a lower quality acrylic. It can yellow and scratch more easily. What’s more, the base won’t be blown underneath, which will produce a certain roundness over time. Specialist shops, on the other hand, offer better quality shower bases with durable acrylic and a blown underside to prevent curvature. What’s more, there are a number of options and sizes available to help you make the most of your bathroom space.

In conclusion, we could say that since the components of a bathroom are not elements that we want to change regularly, it is important to make judicious choices in sanitaryware, ceramics and furniture with your professional interior designer or a trusted specialist company. Do you have any questions ? Would you like to talk to an expert about your project ? Write to us at the following address :