Bathroom design: spoil yourself rotten, every day of the year

Bathroom design: spoil yourself rotten, every day of the year

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Bathroom Design

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Stress – there are plenty of things that can cause it. Work, family, friends, and finances – the list of causes just goes on and on.

But there are also a number of solutions and few are better than a good, long, hot soaking bubble bath.

Slipping into the hot water, the steam rising up through the bubbles is absolute bliss. It’s like all the worries simply melt away. And this wonderful form of stress release is even better in a beautifully designed bathroom.

This is one of the reasons why day spas are so popular, but what if you could have a mini day spa in your own home?

Well you can, it’s just a matter of having an interior designer designing it for you.

Bathroom Design considerations

I am an interior designer with dion seminara architecture and I have been fortunate to design my fair share of beautiful bathrooms. People are often surprised to hear this as they often think of interior designers as people who advise on furnishings, which bathrooms typically don’t have a lot of.

But as an interior designer, I do so much more than that.

I help plan the space to suit the needs of those using it. There are two main considerations (and literally dozens of smaller ones) that go into any bathroom design. These are 1) functionality and 2) visual appeal.

To create the ultimate bathroom design I first need to understand the needs and lifestyle of the people who will be using it. For example, the way I might design an ensuite for parents would almost certainly be significantly different to the way I would design a bathroom that their children or guests would be using. Do the people who are using this space prefer to shower or have a bath? If having a bath, do they want to get in and out quickly or take their time and relax? Would they prefer to relax watching some television, or reading a book? Do they like spa baths or the traditional no bubbles kind?

In addition to this, storage is an important consideration. One of my pet hates is clutter in a bathroom. Typically space constraints mean that you can’t have a lot of cupboards or shelving, but even in a limited area you should be able to open a cupboard door without a pile of makeup and razors falling to the floor.

Beautiful by design

Whether it’s a bathroom or an ensuite it has the potential to become a truly beautiful place to escape the stresses of the outside world. My designs aim to create a space that is wonderfully comfortable; spacious with room to move and yet still with everything at your fingertips.

But I am also creating a place of beauty, and ultimately one that can have plenty of ‘Wow Factor’. To do this I review the plans, get an understanding of the space available and your lifestyle and give careful consideration to blending the bathroom in with the rest of the home.

There are some simply stunning fixtures, fittings and finishes available, but most people find it far too time-consuming and confusing to look at all the available options that are open to them.

But this is where I come in. I can put together a package that suits your design and budget. I will organise to have images and/or samples of the best options for you here in the office so you can review everything all together, rather than be spending your weekends visiting showrooms to find the perfect bath, only to discover later that it doesn’t fit your space or your budget.

We can often get fittings at a lower price than you the consumer can, allowing us to save you money and stretch your budget further.

So if your existing bathroom is looking tired or you’re simply running out of space, give us a call at dion seminara architecture on 07 3899 9450 or email and let us create a stunning design for you that will simply take your breath away, and your stress along with it.

By: Josephine Regan – Interior Designer

Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.