How to start designing your dream bathroom

Whether it’s your master en suite, a family bathroom, or a teeny cloakroom, the bathroom design process can be a huge task with myriad choices to be made. To help you take those first steps, we’ve spoken to the team at Bell of Northampton to understand just what goes into a bathroom design and where to start when it comes to planning your own.

Bell offers an enormous variety of bathroom products and brands so the best way to narrow this down from the outset and avoid feeling overwhelmed is to establish your budget.

By being clear with yourself and your designer about what you are looking to spend, you can concentrate on the products that are within budget and avoid falling for an item that would leave you wildly out of pocket. With this in mind, Bell has cultivated an extensive list of quality brands that offer luxury sanitaryware at every price point so you’re sure to find the perfect pieces.

Once the budget is established, it’s time to get stuck into the fun of designing a space that you can enjoy and relax in for years to come! Consider the people who will be using the space – perhaps it’s a luxury retreat for yourself and your partner, or a busy family bathroom where you’ll be slopping bubbles about!

How can you make it accessible for your children and ensure it grows with them? Does it need to be adaptable for aging users or disabled access friendly? Perhaps it’s the only bathroom in the home and needs to work hard to perform multiple functions.

No matter the requirement, Bell makes it their business to understand your needs as well as you do and provide innovative, functional, and style-driven products to meet the demand. Because, no matter what else your bathroom is, it needs to be a retreat that looks and feels incredible.

To help narrow down what that means for you, it’s important to understand your style. Do you enjoy clean, linear, boxy minimalism, or would you prefer colour, curves, and texture?

One of the last things people usually think about when planning their bathroom design is the tiles; but often this is the best place to start! Choosing tiles can give you (and your designer) a feel for your theme and colours and will make future decision-making much easier.

If you’re a visual person, a great place to go for inspirational photos is the Houzz website. Browse through countless images of spectacular spaces and get a feel for what you want in your own room. Visit www.houzz.co.uk/pro/bellnorthampton/ to see some of the projects that Bell’s team has worked on in the past.


Whether you have some design ideas already or are at a loss for where to start, Bell’s team of experienced, innovative, and creative designers are on hand to help. Pop in store to see them or give them a call at their Northampton showroom on 01604 777500 or check them out online by clicking here.