WOW – Win a Bathroom Design Consultancy for your Home

I’m so excited by this competition and a huge thank you to Award Winning Bathroom Designer Susan Quirke -Of Quirke McNamara Consultancy.

Have you ever wanted an interior designer to design a room in your home?  Well now you can ….

Susan has won many awards for bathroom design as well as being featured in top magazines and blogs on tips for your bathroom space.


Win a bathroom design consultancy for your home or business.

The Prize

Susan will take your overall plan of the space and reinvent your bathroom space from the new layout, to materials specification and lighting design you will be provided with mood boards and a specification for your bathroom space.

How to Enter

In 500 words describe why you deserve the bathroom design.

The entries will be shortlisted to the top three and the winner will be chosen by the followers of Trying to Balance the Madness.

All entries should be emailed to:

The closing date is Friday 18 April so get your thinking caps on and tell me why you deserve this amazing price.

Please find the terms and conditions at the bottom of this post.

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To celebrate the launch of this competition Susan shares some of her expertise in designing your own bathroom scheme.




10 Tips on designing your own Bathroom scheme:

  1. The shape of the space- All successful design schemes begin with the space planning and you need to look at your room to see if you can fit a bath and a shower or would one wow feature be better. A tiny bath and shower squashed into a room will never look flattering. You would be better to have a luxury shower area or feature bath.
  2. Your needs-This also goes with the above. You may never use a bath and prefer showers and a large shower with beautiful fittings will be much more suitable then a shower while standing in the bath.
  3. Lighting- This as always is a key element especially in a bathroom which can often have no natural light and bathroom lighting is quite complicated. You must make sure you have a suitable IP rated fitting and look at accenting different areas such as making sure you have good output over the mirror and shower area but maybe low level lighting overall to create a relaxing environment. At least three different zones of light create a luxurious feel.
  4. Sanitaryware – You can find really nice sanitaryware now on line and by shopping around. Look out for sales which happen at specific times of the year. Make sure everything compliments each other and that if you would like a double sink that it fits well in the room.
  5. Water pressure- This is one were people get unstuck. Make sure that if you want a power style shower that you have the water pressure for this or if a rain shower, that your tank is big enough to accommodate it. Speak to your plumber or designer on this fact as so many people buy fittings that aren’t suitable .
  6. Storage – Always plan your storage at the beginning. The bathroom is an area where you can accumulate a lot of items and its ideal to have a unit to hide everything away to create a minimal space. So think about the size of shampoo bottles and the heights of everything as i’ve seen many units that nothing actually fits in.
  7. Attractive features- Features such as inset glass shelves in a niche with lighting shining through and one beautiful shower gel sitting on look attractive and create a luxurious feel.
  8. Shower Storage – So many showers have no storage so you see aload of bottles sitting on the floor which you have to keep bending to get at or a cheap hanging basket to store everything. When planning your bathroom design a niche within the shower or right beside where you can keep all your bottles at a suitable height and create a feature from it.
  9. Tiles – I always feel a large floor tile gives the feeling a space within a room and ive designed tiny bathrooms and by using larger tiles and stone it feels more open instead of tiny intricate tiles with loads of grouting everywhere.
  10. Feature Walls- Always play with different textures and tones by maybe having a rough slate wall or decorative tile one behind the bath lit beautifully and leaving the rest in a minimal finish. Less is very much more

Susan Quirke

Interior & Lighting Designer Susan Quirke’s background is in psychology but she always had a keen interest in design. After working as a project manager in a famous Architectural practice in Dublin working on high end retail, museum and residential projects 10 years ago she decided to set up Quirke McNamara Consultancy (QMC) and move to London.

She has taught design and professional practice in colleges in the capital and he been profiled in many design magazines and won many prestigious awards for her work. Susan’s work specialises in unique residential spaces using modern materials and lighting and her projects range from large luxury homes and penthouse apartments to warehouse conversions and artists’ studios always combining the interior design with integrated lighting elements.

She has also worked on numerous commercial projects from Tracy Emins retail space in Shoreditch to the private members clubs and bars around London.

Terms and Conditions
This competition is offered by Quirke McNamara Consultancy and for UK Entries Only
Trying to Balance the Madness hold no responsibility for any changes to this competition.
All shortlisted entries will be required to submit photos of their bathroom to be considered for the final.
The winner by vote by the Trying to Balance the Madness followers, the closing date for entries is Friday 18 April 2104.

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