Lisa Dawson’s tips to a perfectly designed bathroom

Do you follow interior writer and blogger @_lisa_dawson_ ? If you do, you’ll know she is well known for her impressive room makeovers. Transforming her lovely house in York with enviable design flair, Lisa’s grid is the place for #inspo.

The latest room to get the Lisa Dawson treatment? The ensuite bathroom. And we are here for it. Not only have we had the chance to snoop around the new project before it’s fully unveiled, we got Lisa’s top tips on how she likes to tackle a bathroom and how she created this new show space.

Lisa teamed up with bathroom brand Geberit to document the design journey of creating an ensuite bathroom and if you do follow her (you’ve been and snooped by now right?), you’ll have seen some of the ideas, moodboards and room sketches already – check out the En Suite highlight to catch up if you missed it.

Now its time for the *big reveal* and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the ensuite before the final images land on social media this week.

Here we’ve caught up with Lisa to get her top tips for when you’re planning your own bathroom redesign or renovation…

Start with a good plan
Planning is absolutely key to a revamp, whether it be the smallest room in the house or the biggest. Plan out the key pieces in your room to start with, the pieces that you really need, and then work the rest of the space around them.
Think about the bones of the space – flooring, windows, doors – and get those pieces right before you start thinking about the rest of it. And if you have budget left, don’t scrimp on the small bits – a simple door can be elevated by investing in good handles and a basin is uplifted with a beautiful tap.
Think about your theme
How do you want your bathroom to make you feel? Consider that and your theming is the fun bit, think colours, textures and accessories!
Trends make the interior world go round but it’s important to consider carefully before investing your hard-earned cash into something that might be here today, gone tomorrow. It’s easy to be swayed by what we see in the media and on our social feeds but do bear in mind that you shouldn’t add anything to your home unless you really love it and it suits your space. If you’re smitten by a trend, then start small – perhaps with a textile or an accessory – to see if it’s going to stick with you.
I chose a biophilic theme for this bathroom, to bring the outdoors inside and to incorporate natural textures, tones and a calming spa-like feel to the room.
I chose a biophilic theme for this bathroom project, to bring the outdoors inside and to incorporate natural textures, tones and a calming spa-like feel to the room.
Always consider storage!
Storage is the most important part of bathroom planning and shouldn’t be underestimated – you can never have too much storage!
So, once you’ve decided on a theme for your bathroom, you can consider incorporating smart storage solutions throughout. This will help to maximise that all-important space to store everyday essentials, toiletries and cleaning products.
If floor space is limited, think vertical. Wall-hung furniture will create the illusion of more space, and floating shelves provide the perfect place to store bathroom necessities and those finishing touches, whether it’s a plant or candle, creating both order and style.
The Geberit Renova plan range in Light Hickory comes in a range of different sizes, designs and heights, to fit the space you have. How handy is the internal mirror?
Choose lighting early
Creating the perfect lighting is key for a relaxing atmosphere. As well as main fixtures, consider opting for additional dimmable options, such as wall mirrors with integrated lighting like I featured in my ensuite bathroom.
With a range of settings, these types of lit mirrors can easily be fixed to the wall and will create the perfect ambience for the room – whether you are looking for the bright light of a beauty station or want to cast a soft glow across the room.
Think about going high tech
The bathroom of the future is here! If you are looking for ways to enhance the spa-like feel to your bathroom, smart WCs such as shower toilets are paving the way for washing with water. With self cleaning functions, warming seat and adjustable sprays to wash you once you’re done, this smart toilet comes with a handy remote which I have mounted on the wall so it’s easy to access. Plus, note there’s no loo roll on display, which helps keep things nice and tidy.
I also love the idea of a touchless flush plate too – more hygienic and slick looking. The flush plate is activated by the simple wave of a hand to reduce surface contact and the spread of germs. It helps the loo area look much more designer so it becomes a bit of a feature in its own right – not just the toilet!
Lisa wanted to create a calm, beautiful yet functional space for this project. She included some tech too: Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet. With a stylish design, WhirlSpray technology and oscilating spray, it offers a host of smart toilet features, bringing the ultimate well-being experience to the bathroom. Lisa paired it with the Sigma21 flush plate in concrete for a sleek look. Find out more about shower toilets here.
Have fun with finishing touches
The best bit of any room revamp is the accessorising right? Finishing touches like flush plates might often be overlooked, but many models are now available in natural finishes, like concrete and chrome. This will immediately add warmth and texture, creating the ambience of a luxurious retreat by reflecting the great outdoors at little additional cost.
Accessorise the room with plenty of plants and candles to complete the look, creating a cool, calm room with lots of natural materials to aid creativity and enhance your wellbeing.

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