Chances are, that when you’re thinking about designing your house, the toilet is the last thing that comes to your mind – after all, it’s hard to find an element of your house that is more prosaic than your toilet.
While picking your toilet might not be as exciting as deciding which of the modern and fancy kitchen islands to buy, it’s a terrible mistake to neglect it. Let me be frank with you – it does not matter how big your plasma TV is, or how multi-functional is the kitchen island, if your guests aren’t very happy about their toilet experience in your house, this is the thing that they will remember about long after they leave your house. You can fill your house with plenty of modern appliances, but if your toilet looks bad and cheap, don’t expect high notes from your visitors.
Okay, now you should have a pretty clear idea why it’s important to pick the correct toilet, but don’t worry – choosing your toilet is not as boring and down-to-earth as it would seem at first.
Toilets come in as many variants and designs as any other appliance that you have to pick when designing a house, so there is still a lot of fun to be had. Stay with me to discover all there is to know before you can pick a toilet that will become the true gem of your house.
Before we take a look at all the different features and solutions, let’s start with the basics. Toilets come in two standard forms, each of them with some advantages and disadvantages. This is the first thing you have to decide – which form is it going to be?
- Two- piece – this is the standard version of a toilet, and I’m sure you’ve either had one of these previously, or at least saw it somewhere in the houses of your friends. Nonetheless, let’s cover the basics – a two piece toilet consists of a separate seat base and a tank that’s situated above it, attached to the wall. Such a toilet is usually cheaper, as well as easier to transport because you can detach the pieces and carry them independently. That’s important if you’re living in an apartment, higher up. The only real problem is, the seam between the two parts is a bit troublesome when it comes to cleaning – and when we’re talking about the toilet, that’s a huge disadvantage. However, if that’s not a huge deal for you, the two piece toilets are great for more vintage, traditional interiors, because there is the option of getting yourself a high-tank toilet, which is great for the aforementioned designs of houses. We’ll try to show you an example of that in the attached picture.
- One-piece – these are a bit more technologically advanced, and overall, more modern types of toilets. There is also more material involved in producing them, so they are naturally more expensive – however, it’s important to remember that you can find both a very expensive two-piece toilet, as well as a cheap one-piece. Because the prices vary so much, it’s hard to actually determine which option will be more expensive for you, it all depends on the finish and the producer. Anyway, they are naturally heavier, so that’s a bit of a problem when you want to install it yourself. A huge asset of such a solution is the fact that’s it’s easier for cleaning.
- Wall mounted – the third option you have, when it comes to the form of your toilet, is the in-wall design. Of course, this is the most expensive variation – after all, it will require quite a bit of construction effort as the tank has to be installed inside of your wall. The effect, however, will usually offset the price as there is no way to acquire a more modern and luxurious design than with these kinds of toilets. However, there is a catch – sometimes, when you open your wall to install the tank inside, you might discover that you’re not really able to do so, because of the plumbing arrangement. Unless you’ve got a budget ready for such an unpleasant surprise, better think twice before attempting it.
Okay, now that you know your options when it comes to the form of your toilet, it’s time to think about the way it’s going to operate. The first thing to decide is the way you will be flushing your toilets – you’ve got two choices.
- Gravity assisted flush – pretty straight forward, this is the standard option when it comes to flushing your toilet, and chances are you didn’t even know it’s called like that. Anyway, this is just about removing a blockade that stops the water that’s stored in your tank, and then the water falls down because of the gravity. Simple as that. Inexpensive, simple, works.
- Pressure assisted flush – This is a bit more advanced technology, as if you choose this option, the flow of your water will be enhanced by the pressure created by the mechanism in your tank, which in turn will make it flush harder. It’s a bit more expensive, yet the difference is not all that big, nothing to be worried about. However, not every toilet can be enhanced by this solution, as there’s a lot of factors to account for – like the positioning of your toilet relative to your water supply. For a final verdict, it’s best if you ask a professional about whether or not you can have the pressure assisted flush in your toilet. If you can, then it’s generally a better option than the simple gravity assisted flush
Now that you know about the mechanism behind flushing your toilet, it’s time to decide how will you be actually flushing it.
- Lever – less expensive option, but it doesn’t mean it’s way worse, it’s just less technologically advanced, and that’s what lowers the cost. It’s great for more classic, traditional toilets, so if it’s cohesive with the style around it, by all means, go for it.
- Push-button – often a bit more expensive, but as I’ve said before, this has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the mechanism itself. This is the option for modern or contemporary designs, so if that’s what you’re going for, then this is the mechanism you should pick.
Another thing to think about is the height at which your seat will be – there are two options, however, of course, you can get yourself a custom made toilet seating, of a different height.
- Standard – the most common solution, which means it will be 17 inches high. If you don’t have a medical condition, or movement impairment because of old age, this is the option for you.
- Comfort – normally about 19 inches, which is the best options for people that have trouble seating and getting up, which means older people or very tall people.
The base of your toilet
With all that being said, it’s time to think about the base of your toilet – again, you’ve got two options to choose from. It’s not only about the design of your toilet, but also about your comfort when cleaning and maintaining your toilet, so don’t neglect this part.
- Concealed – the classic look of the toilet, so I’m sure you’ve seen it before. Less expensive, but harder to maintain – after all, the behind of your toilet base is just awesome for the germs, which can hide there. Unless you’re ready to really pay attention to cleaning it regularly, I’d advise you to think about the integrated options, if you can afford it.
- Integrated – naturally, a way cleaner option. Because it’s seamless, it’s easy to clean and maintain, although it’s also more expensive. In addition to the maintenance, it presents a more modern, sleek design, so it’s great for modern houses. If you can afford it, this is the type of a toilet base that you should get, trust me.
It’s important to think where will the toilet actually be situated before you exit the planning stage. Keep in mind, it’s unlikely that you will be able to move your toilet after you’ve already installed it and connected to your plumbing fixtures, so make sure the placement of your toilet is just perfect.
It’s important that you leave at least 15 inches of free space from all sides, between your toilet and whatever else that will be situated nearby. To be sure you have no trouble conveniently using the toilet, make it 20 inches. Better safe than sorry.
If you’re a tall person, and would prefer to have more room for your legs when using the toilet, then look for an elongated seat option.
Style of the toilet and the interior can be highly affected by color
Okay, I think we’ve covered all the different technical aspects of your toilet. Of course, when it comes to the toilet, the shape that’s caused by the practical nuances, also determines the style to which your toilet is naturally fitting – for example, the two-piece toilet is better for classic toilets, etc.
However, one thing we didn’t talk about yet, is the color of your toilet. Naturally, the most popular color is white – I’m sure we’ve all seen countless of white toilets before. However, this is not the only option you have.
It’s worth it to remember that if one day you decide to sell your toilet, you won’t have much problem selling a white one. It doesn’t go out of style, it will always remain popular.
Also, it’s very important to remember that even if you’re opting for the white toilet, which should fit any design and style, different producers use different hues of white when crafting their appliances – so before you buy a toilet, even if it’s going to be a white one, make sure it matches the other white elements of your interior. To be sure, before buying it, ask the producer for a sample of the color, so you can compare it with all the rest.
Now, when it comes to choosing anything else than the white color, there are two main options you have – make your toilet a focal point of the interior, or make it subtle, almost hidden inside all the rest of your interiors design. We don’t have to present all the colors to you this way, let’s just focus on these options, and you should get the idea behind this.
- Make it stand out – if you’re a proud owner of an awesome, modern and stylish toilet, you might want to make it stand out. Such a focal point can create a really interesting design inside of the interior – to achieve it, you have to create high contrast in the room. All the kinds of high contrast solutions, such as black-and-white or red-and-white, are the way to go here. Unless you’re certain you can pull this off on your own, it’s best you consult a professional to help you with coloring the room.
- Make it subtle – another approach is to use interesting textures and colors around the interior while your toilet is painted in a gentle, subtle and kinda shy paint. The best example of such a paint is gray when the walls are brown or dark, but that’s just an example. Also, as we’ve said, it’s great to play with textures if that’s what you will be going for – think about a brick wall around your toilet, while it’s a subtle and minimal beige appliance.
Whichever option you choose, when it comes to playing with textures or paint, it’s best if you consult a professional, unless you’re absolutely sure that your designer’s skills are up to par.
That sums up my guide about all the different toilets you get to choose from. Remember, don’t neglect your toilet, because a sorry toilet experience is something your guests will never forget and forgive you!