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Bathroom Renovation: How to Design Your Dream Bathroom

Are you planning to renovate your bathroom or design a new bathroom but don't know where to start? A bathroom renovation can be challenging and requires careful planning and design. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of transforming or creating your bathroom from concept design to installation. We'll cover every part of the process, from creating a mood board to ordering fixtures. So, grab your coffee, sit back, and let's get started.

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Concept Design and Layout for Your Bathroom

The first design phase in any bathroom renovation is to create a concept design. Start by considering your lifestyle, preferences, design style, and the overall feeling you want to achieve. Take inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest boards and create a mood board to visualize your design ideas.

For our clients, we will ask that you complete a detailed questionnaire so that we can get to know you and help create your dream bathroom. We will also create a mood board based on your inspirational images.

The next step of the Concept Design phase is to create a layout for your new bathroom. Some options to consider for your bathroom layout: a separate shower and tub versus a shower and bathtub combination, single vanity or double vanity, location of plumbing, toilet placement, etc.

Now that you have a mood board and layout, you can start pulling some initial selections to create a vision for your space.

Detailed Design and Final Selections for your Bathroom Renovation

Once you have finalized your concept design, it's time to move on to the detailed design and selections.

Start by selecting the bigger elements: tub design, vanity size, and style, and flooring, and then work your way to the smaller, more stylistic choices – shower and wall tile, countertops, mirrors, lighting, hardware, etc. Make sure all your selections are cohesive and work together in terms of style and function. When making selections, refer back to your mood board to ensure you select finishes with the look and feel you desire.

For our clients, we will also prepare detailed drawings during this phase, including elevations, which are crucial for the contractor during installation.

If you don't have the budget to hire a designer and are overwhelmed by all of the decisions that go into designing a bathroom and selecting the finishes, check out Selections by DITD. We created these interior design kits to reduce the overwhelm and help you implement a designer-approved bathroom you love.

Ordering Materials

Once you have made your selections, it's time to place orders. If you are working with a contractor, confirm that they will order the materials. Make sure to allow for plenty of time for delivery to avoid delays in your renovation schedule, and always order extra tile. Double-check all the measurements for your fixtures, hardware, and materials to ensure everything is correct for ordering.


One of the most exciting yet challenging parts of your bathroom renovation is installation. This can be time-consuming and overwhelming, especially if you are tackling this phase yourself. If you worked with an interior designer during the design phase, consider retaining that designer for project management services. If you go this route, your interior designer can work with your contractor to help ensure the installation goes smoothly. Depending on the scope of work, prepare to be without a bathroom for several weeks and plan accordingly. Regularly communicate with your contractor and inspect the progress of the renovation to ensure it meets your expectations.

Styling Your New Bathroom

Once the renovation is complete, it's time for the final touches to make it yours. Add accessories to your vanity, like soap dispensers, trays, candles, and plats. Hang some pretty towels and add a rug.


A bathroom renovation can be daunting, but with proper planning and the right professional help, you can have your dream bathroom. From concept design to detailed selections, ordering, and installation, each step of the process is vital to achieving your dream bathroom. So, take the time to plan and visualize your design ideas, consult with experts when needed, and try to enjoy the process.

If you are considering a bathroom renovation, we would love to help. Diamonds in the Desert offers ready-to-shop bathroom design kits, consultations, concept designs, and full-service design for those looking to undergo a bathroom renovation in Phoenix, Arizona, and the surrounding areas. Schedule a free discovery call today, and let's discuss how we can help you create your dream bathroom!

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