Do you dream of a relaxing, spa-like experience every time you step into your bathroom, but have to cater to the rest of your family?

Well, we think we can help. We've come up with some great styles that can help make the perfect family friendly bathroom. Designs that create a space the children can enjoy, before transforming into a relaxing haven where you can chill out and have a little quiet time once they're in bed.

Storage

Now, this is a really key thing to consider for a family bathroom. With a number of people sharing one bathroom, it can get quite messy in there.

The storage you choose really depends of the amount of space you have available. If you’re lucky enough to have lots of space then you'll have more options available to you. A wider unit will give you more storage space, whilst still giving you the functionality you need.

However, if you're tight on space, combination units are great. They allow you to have the essential elements you need in your bathroom (basin and toilet) but also give you space to store away the eyesores that collect in a bathroom.

Sienna white 1040 combination unit with Energy back to wall toilet

A combination unit, like the Sienna white unit with Energy back to wall toilet, makes great use of space, whilst providing room for toiletries, toys and bathtime essentials

Colour it

Just because your bathroom needs to be child friendly doesn't mean it needs to be entirely child-focused. Which means no themed wallpaper or rainbow colour schemes!

Handy hint: Keep your walls and floor to one main subtle colour and then add splashes of colour.

Picking your accessories in a bright colour to contrast is a really simple way to add some personality and a bit of fun to your room.

Another really simple and cool idea is to have individual towels, so each member of your family has a different shade of your chosen colour. Not only is this great for stopping squabbles over towels but it also helps throw in another splash of colour.

Tile it

Tiles are a great option for a family bathroom. Not only do they come in a variety of colours and styles, but they are so easy to wipe clean if there has been any spillages (which, let's face it, in a family bathroom, is likely to happen).

You'll need to make sure your little ones are supervised in a tiled bathroom as they do get a little slippy.

Bath, shower or both?

Again, this decision will be based on the space you have available.

Bath time is a lovely family ritual and is often seen as a relaxing way to end your day, and although it's not an essential feature, it really does make family life a little easier. Having a separate shower is great if you have both young and older children, but can only work if you have the space.

[Kensington straight shower bath 1700 x 750 with 6mm shower screen]

If you are short on space a shower bath is the perfect compromise, really giving you the best of both worlds.

We would love to hear how you have made your family bathroom work for you, so why not tweet us at @VictoriaPlumUK using hashtag #FamilyBathroom