Homeowners admire the concept of having their dream bathrooms, but reality and expectations rarely match. Identifying a distinct in-between functionality and style in a bathroom can be challenging. With the advancement of lifestyle and evolving wants and needs, you may have observed that your bathroom is not as well-balanced as you would want it to be.

Regardless of the style of bathroom you envision, Architect Sumit Dhawan has highlighted a few concepts to consider while constructing your desired space.

Consider The Functionality Of The Bathroom

The primary objective of each design feature and fixture is referred to as the function of space. To make the best use of the available space in your bathroom, consider your usage routines carefully. Most importantly, a restroom needs to be comfortable for you to use it. It should be simple and welcoming to all family members as well as any visitors. Some key factors include easy access to essentials, simple maintenance, a clutter-free environment, and well-illuminated and ventilated spaces. Design, on the other hand, is a complex procedure that brings aesthetic pleasure. It is simply incredible when the two meet, which is likely in today's environment.

Choose Simplicity

Too many components in your bathroom might make it appear cluttered and unpleasant. For efficiently getting through your morning routine or unwinding after a long day, keeping things simple and organised is essential.

Even though it may be in vogue to have a separate bathtub and shower, if you don't have the space, don't try to fit it in. On the other hand, if your bathroom is larger, it is wise to follow the trend, but you should still avoid the urge to overdo it. A clear, open space gives extra space to unwind as well as additional alternatives for focal points that will attract the eye and promote rejuvenation.

Bathroom Storage

Bathroom clutter is a substantial problem. The solution is plenty of thoughtfully designed storage space. Include drawers for storing toiletries, a closet for towels and a mirrored cabinet concealed behind a door. Despite the popularity of freestanding pedestal sinks, a custom vanity can significantly enhance the storage space while being visually appealing. If there is empty wall space above the toilet, create an open shelf to display candles and other accessories.


At first, selecting lighting options for the bathroom can seem overwhelming. Normally, lighting is utilised to highlight specific parts of a space, but in the bathroom, each section demands a different radiance.

For practical purposes, overhead lighting will illuminate the entire space adequately. It will be adequate for visibility. If you only use your bathroom for basic purposes, this is generally the best solution.

Layering, on the other hand, is essential in design. Mix and match wall sconces, pendants, and ambient lighting. Envision the ceiling having a rounded shape with a wonderful chandelier hanging over it.

Blend components that have multiple lighting features to combine functionality and design. You can add lighting to your mirrors to create a glow that will enhance your vision while also adding a creative touch. Make sure your lights have dimmers so you can easily go from focused and bright to ambient and peaceful illumination.

Draw Attention with a Focal Point

Select one specific area of your bathroom that you want to draw attention to while keeping everything else simple. Consider distinctive art-inspired mirrors or a wall dedicated to open shelving to exhibit rolled towels, candles, or greenery to create a spa-like atmosphere. Add an enchanting chandelier for ambient lighting, or use vibrant colours in one aspect of the bath. A stunning freestanding tub will be perfect if you have the space for one. Just ensure not to include too many focal points or the bathroom will appear too cluttered.

Natural Illumination

Natural light can make even the smallest bathroom appear spacious and open. This standard fixture for attic bathrooms has been used for years to add illumination. Whether it is placed on the ceiling, on a slanted window, or even on a corner, the window can let in a flow of natural light while also contributing to the room's welcoming and pleasantly spacious atmosphere.


Given that the bathroom is the wettest room in the house, ventilation is an important factor in bathroom design. Without an adequate ventilation system to swiftly dry off the moisture, it leads to mould and mildew. Proper ventilation can also help to eliminate unpleasant odours that are frequently associated with restroom use. An efficient fan near the shower or the toilet can perform wonders. Make sure the ventilation system vents outside rather than into your attic to avoid transferring moisture from one place to another.

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Bathroom Tile

People love to integrate hundreds of different types of tiles in different colours, styles, designs, and materials in their bathroom designs. Correct tile installation is necessary to avoid water intrusion that could result in expensive water damage. Make certain that a waterproofing membrane is installed behind moist locations such as the shower, bathtub, and toilet. An ideal environment always blends functionality and aesthetics. Enhance the user experience by establishing aesthetics through functionality and conversely.

About Author

In the last couple of years, Ar. Sumit Dhawan has established his name extensively in the design industry. Known for transforming homes into heaven, his aesthetic sensibility has found its way to renown celebrity homes of cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir. His eclectic facade style has made him a favourite amongst numerous practicing architects.

Born and brought up in an architectural household, Ar. Sumit Dhawan had a prolonged affinity for architecture since childhood. Looking at his father, Ar. Satish Dhawan working on his drawings with fancy architecture equipment always fascinated Sumit to pursue this field and he enticed a passion for the profession.

Starting with Architecture in the year 2000, Ar. Sumit did his internship from Auroville, Pondicherry under Suhasini Ayer. He went to Auroville for one of the college case studies where he was enthralled by the nature of work and decided to perpetrate internship with Auroville there and then. The office granted a lot of exposure and opportunities for the budding architect where he learned the fundamentals from numerous local and international architects like Dominic Dube, Anupama Kundoo, Piero and Gloria Cicionesi, Satprem Maini etc. Post completing his internship at Auroville, he got an opportunity to work with commercial architecture firm Tevatia Chauhan & Sharma Architects known as Design Forum International today, where he amalgamated the internship knowledge with the practical fieldwork.

He got his first project immediately after the completion of internship while he was in the last year of college. The project was a 500 sq. yd. residence in Gurugram assigned to him by a friend’s father Mr. Bhutani, who he still considers to be the foundation of his career. The residence was planned with a sustainable approach using earth blocks, solar passive strategies and cavity walls and therefore, the residence got overwhelming appreciation.

The next turning point in his career was Lawyer Dang’s residence, which is amongst one of the most appreciated projects he conferred onto, after which there has never been a looking back situation. His niche clientele includes DLF, Ansal, Orchid, MGF and many more. Sumit started a solitary practice directly after completing B.Arch in the year 2005 and founded Cityspace’82 Architects. The childhood passion for architecture manifested the perseverance and belief which lead Sumit to practice unconditional hard work. Initially, during his college years, Sumit took inspiration from multiple international architects like Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava and Le Corbusier. Soo K. Chan, Principal-SCDA Architects has been a major influence for his work as he believes that his thought process resonates with the renowned designer, giving him immense confidence in his work.

Having an experience of almost two decades today, Sumit experiments and innovates his projects with numerous design styles fusing one into another and delivers impeccable intricate spectacles. Firmly believing a perfect balance between functionality and form adopting a too and fro methodology for the same, Sumit ensures to rationalise both, the aesthetics and functional regime of every endeavour he outlines. He also believes that a building must speak for itself with its concept, rather than having theoretical philosophy to it.

With this empirical & multifaceted design philosophy, Sumit starts every project with a comprehensive understanding of client’s requirements, kinaesthetic and research. His idea is to subsume the lifestyle and necessities of a client, getting into his shoes and designing the space like it’s his own, invoking the client’s identity through the space. The goal is to continue designing veritable projects and be known for the quality of work in the fraternity and outside.

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