I don't do a lot of bathrooms (although funnily enough, as I'm typing this I have been painting one this week!). A lot of modern bathrooms are tiled floor to ceiling these days, so there isn't a lot of painting needed!

If you're starting from scratch and fitting a new bathroom suite etc, then to some extent you have a "blank canvas". In this situation, it's good to get the various contractors to talk and plan out who is doing what at what time and in what order.

I'm not a tiler. I can do tiling, and have done a few bathrooms over the years which I'm quite proud of (see photos, right). But I'm probably not as good as someone who does nothing but tiling all day, every day. I'm happy to have a go, but I'm equally happy if you want to get a tiler in for the job, and just leave the painting to me.

From a design point of view, it's important to think about the type of atmosphere you want to create, as well as considering the important practical factors. Obviously, it's vital that surfaces are protected from water, which is why tiling large areas of walls and floors has become so popular, and why wallpaper is less of a good idea in most cases (because the steam in the bathroom loosens the wallpaper adhesive). Lino of course remains a popular option for the floor. From a "look and feel" perspective, are you trying to create a relaxing spa environment, or a clean, practical family bathroom? As well as colours for tiles/paint, lighting could also have an important bearing on the final feel, so I'd recommend thinking that through carefully before starting on the project.

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