A good idea is to create a mood board at the start of your bathroom renovation. This will help you focus your ideas and start to visualise what your bathroom could look like. It will also help when you brief a designer at home or at a showroom.
The image above is a good example of a simple mood board: colours and textures on the left, mood images on the right. As you can see, it is quite nonspecific but cleverly captures the overall mood of the room. Here are some elements to include and where you can find them.
With the advance of great image search sites like Pinterest, it is even easier to find mood images for your board. It is free to join, if you are not already a member, and its keyword search facility is very detailed. You can even search for a number of variables at once, such as: pink rustic shabby chic bathroom.
Use Google to search for tile companies and drag off the kind of tiles you are considering. Remember though with all searches you are not actually sourcing the items, so if you find a tile you love in an Australian online store, include it anyway as your designer may be able to source it here or find a very close alternative.
For colours you can search specific paint companies like Farrow and Ball, Little Greene or Dulux (also good to collect paint swatch cards first, so you can get a more realistic idea of the colours) and add them to the mood board. Their sites also have lots of inspirational images, so you can see your favourite colours in actual rooms.
You can also start to add specific products you have seen online. Again, remember that you are not specifically sourcing anything yet, but it really starts to build a feel for your new bathroom.
Even at the early stages, do not forget accessories as part of your bathroom story. From hammam towels to soft bathrobes to vintage jars for bath salts, every image you add to your mood board helps you and your designer arrive at exactly the right solution for you, as quickly as possible.
Tamsin has a background in design, art direction and advertising and a love for interiors, helping build the Foam & Bubbles brand and managing all their social media channels is a job that never gets tiring for Tamsin. Creating a brand that strives to provide a unique experience with a light-hearted attitude continues to be fun to work on every day.