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What are the four pieces in a four piece bathroom and how can I style them?
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What are the four pieces in a four piece bathroom and how can I style them?

Posted by Rebecca Doody in Room planning | 2 years ago 6 min read

Looking for the best ways to design and style a four piece bathroom? The experts at Victoria Plum offer an insight into how you can do this with ease.

If you have never heard of the term a four piece bathroom then don’t fret, it’s actually more common than you might think. In fact, it is likely that your home contains this style of space. as it is actually one of the most typical types of full bathrooms that features in standard homes.

It is important to have a fully functional bathroom as it is one of the most used areas. At any time of day, you are likely to step into the bathroom. This could be in the morning to get ready, or at night when you are preparing to go to bed. But what is a four piece bathroom?

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What is a four piece bathroom?

A four piece bathroom actually refers to the bathroom design, which includes having four plumbing fixtures that have their own drain. Common examples of the four fixtures include just a sink, a double sink, showers, toilet, and bathtub such as a three quarter bath. There are many combinations of these fixtures in a full bathroom or en suite, depending on whether there is enough space, but they all make up a four piece design.

If you’re looking to create your own four piece bathroom setting, there are several steps you need to take. The first point of call when beginning to choose your bathroom fixtures is to consider what changes are necessary in your current bathroom. It is easy to want to make changes to everything, but you also have to think of the practicality. With a tub, full bath or half bath, would your household be better off with having a separate tub, or would a simple standing shower, double shower or shower sink be sufficient? If you have a small bathroom, spacing should be taken into account.

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Other questions you may want to consider when designing your full bathroom and plumbing fixtures include:

  • What purpose does the bathroom mainly serve?
  • Where is the location of the bathroom positioned in your house? Is it near the bedroom or an ensuite?
  • How big is the floor space that we can work with? Is it a small space? Would a three piece bathroom be more suitable?
  • How do I maximise the comfortableness of using this bathroom? How many sinks? A double shower?

After making these careful considerations, the next thing you want to think about is creating a bathroom look that caters to your style and taste.

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Upon stepping into a bathroom, the first thing that would catch the eye of most people is the various fixtures of a bathroom, so definitely do not take these for granted. A lot of care and effort should be placed in picking out different fixtures and finding your favourite pieces. If it is your own room, you can tailor the design to your requirements. Only need a half bath or quarter bath? No problem. Want to add a sink toilet to save space? Simple.

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Traditional bathroom

There are the very well-known traditional bathroom designs that homes follow. A large emphasis is placed on comfort as well as function. There is definitely nothing wrong with going down the traditional route since there is a reason why it’s so popular. However, you can still cater this style to suit you and design it in a unique way. You should try to increase the variety of materials that you use, such as metals, marble and even polished wood.

Materials aren’t the only aspects of the design that you can choose from. Another aspect to consider would be experimenting with different colours. Having a matching colour scheme in your bathroom can revolutionise the entire look in more ways than you may think.

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Contemporary bathroom

For those who like to keep up with the current design trends, the contemporary bathroom may definitely suit your fancy and is great for disguising plumbing fixtures. This design style definitely emphasises the minimalistic look, and also has an added contrast effect. This could be incorporating both light and dark colours that are placed together to draw attention to specific points.

Some very common elements that usually come into play in this styling is the usage of glass walls in the shower, as well as rectangles to showcase functionality. Another approach to the contemporary style is having accented pieces like metallic anwood, or marble tiles to introduce an additional layer of class.

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Modern bathroom

The modern bathroom can take a few similarities to the contemporary style, with both incorporating a minimalistic flair. There is a slight difference as the modern bathroom has an added component of also focusing on simplicity. Instead of choosing accents or having unique fixtures, modern vibes focuses more on having unique geometry. There is also an introduction of stone and porcelain, made more colourful through the addition of artworks and plants.

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Transitional bathroom

For those who are more creative and tend to be more attracted to the wilder and more bold designs, you may be interested in the transitional bathroom style. Not only does it incorporate a mixup of both the traditional and modern elemental designs, but it fuses them together to form its own take.

While some may disapprove of this interesting style, there are ways you can go about it to make it work. One tip is to focus on a specific fixture you want for your bathroom, and then make the other decisions from there. For all the other aspects of the design, such as picking out colours, different accents, and other fixtures, you can work it off the main idea that you have in mind.


If you’re thinking of redoing your bathroom and want to base it around the four piece element of design, there are plenty of options. You can pick out the different fixtures to match the style you are going after. Good luck with your bathroom design journey.

Here at Victoria Plum, we have a great range of baths and shower enclosures, including space-saving, compact options. Our staff are always happy to help, so why not speak to us about your bathroom needs and see if we can help you decide whether you need a shower enclosure or a bathtub?

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Author, Rebecca Doody

Posted by Rebecca Doody in Room planning | 2 years ago

Originally from Somerset, Rebecca is our resident copywriter who takes care of all things product related. Rebecca loves the modern interior style with both neutral and bold influences to create a statement look.

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