Darren Palmer, leading interior designer and judge on Australia’s top renovation show, The Block, joined us for a Bathroom Design Masterclass in Brisbane in October.
Darren’s strong eye for detail and passion for innovative design has made him a Blockhead favourite. We’ve captured our top four takeaways from our recent Q&A to help you to nail your own bathroom project.
How can I make sure my bathroom looks well-considered, even on a tight budget?
For Darren, it comes down to matching the shapes you bring in the bathroom. If the basin is a oval shaped, then the bathtub should be the same shape. If the basin is square-edged, then think about the shape of the toilet. Everything needs to have a relationship to each other.
"These things unify the space and elements within a home, and that’s what makes it look like it’s well-designed and well-considered – even if budget’s a factor."
How can I make sure my bathroom continues to be useful as I grow older?
There’s no need to detract from your design with clinical materials and products, but make sure you plan ahead, especially when it comes to structural elements.
"Adding extra beams in the walls to install grab rails by the shower and toilet is a very clever idea. Tile the wall as usual and forget they’re there until you need them."
Darren’s tips for designing with your future needs in mind include:
How can I recreate realistic lighting in the bathroom?
Balanced lighting throughout the space is really important for practical tasks.
"You don’t want to be in front of the mirror in dull lighting with what you think is the right amount of eyeshadow, for example, and realise later that it looks less subtle than you thought."
Darren’s top tips for creating the best realistic light are:
Is underfloor heating really worth the investment?
Absolutely! Just make sure you choose the right type of underfloor heating.
"Even in Queenland, there are a few months a year where you don’t want to walk on the tiles with bare feet. It’s actually energy efficient because you use it so infrequently over the course of a year."