Is your bathroom looking a bit dated? Is it old, leaking, and in need of being replaced? Or is it just not right for your needs and lifestyle? If this sounds familiar, it’s likely that you’re thinking of replacing your bathroom suite.

If you’ve got an idea of what you want, then great! However, it can be tricky to work out what your next steps should be – do you want a bath or a shower? Should it be a free-standing bath? Or an enclosed shower cubicle?

Here are some ideas that you could think about when considering options for your bathroom. These classic and contemporary looks will look great in your home for years to come.

Bathroom design and color

Modern bathrooms have minimal use of color – usually neutrals, white and black – with some accent features. These could be bright colors, or including natural finishes such as stone or wood. Regardless of whether you go for a tub or a shower, the washbasin and toilet units are normally in the same color. These are usually white, although many people may decide to get a bit more adventurous with designs.

It’s popular to have washbasins in counter-mounted tops because they offer a number of advantages over stand-alone units. The extra space means there’s more counter storage available, and it’s less likely items will fall into the basin.

Toilet tanks aren’t particularly attractive to look at, so many opt to have this in a concealed unit. In many cases, this can mean you get even more useful counter space for your bathroom.

Floating units

Bathrooms are traditionally some of the smaller rooms in our homes, so there isn’t usually a lot of spare space. However, there are solutions that help maximize what space can now be used. One of these is to hang basins and toilet units from the walls, leaving more visual space. There are also ergonomic benefits with this solution, too, as people can stand over the basin, for instance, with their feet directly underneath. It also makes it easier to clean wet areas.

Bath or shower?

Your decision will be based on your circumstances. Do you have baths, showers, or are you happy with either? If you go for a bath, then there are many options you can go for. Free-standing tubs are popular options, either with clawed-foot bases or as floor-mounted, which gives you many options on shapes. However, many still opt for enclosed baths.

Shower cubicles take up less space, yet more people are going for an open-plan look to bathrooms with wetrooms. They open up smaller bathrooms and give you a contemporary look.

Design and installation

If you’re getting the whole of your bathroom redone, then unless you have previous experience, it’s best to consult a bathroom design and installation specialist. Here you can get advice on what will work best with your space, what’s popular now, and what you can do with your budget. You won’t have to worry about plumbing, either, as you’ll have experts installing your new bathroom to the best standard.