Designer at Joyce Kitchens
Lorraine Paton is our expert in all things Bathrooms. Having worked for the past 20 years across several local bathroom and plumbing supply companies including Caroma, Regal Concept Centre and Fienza, Lorraine arrives at Joyce with extensive experience.
Lorraine moved to Perth from Scotland 20 years ago, saying the Perth climate was a major drawcard.
“Perth offers a lifestyle that is hard to match, there is a much better climate and much healthier lifestyle here,” she said. “In Scotland 9 months of the year are rainy and then there is 3 months of sunshine, here in Perth it is the reverse and that informs the housing design and styles here and definitely how people use their kitchens and bathrooms.”
Lorraine’s engaging personality is what has helped so many Perth families achieve their dream renovation. “I genuinely love listening to people and helping people with their design and renovation choices,” she said. “In fact, most of my experience and knowledge has come through listening and asking a lot of questions. Throughout my career I have worked with experts in their field, and I have listened and always asked people to show me what they mean. I am a very functional person, I like rooms to be user friendly. It’s all well and good to have a room that looks nice but it has to be functional as well.
“When designing a bathroom or kitchen it is important to understand the plumbing, what type of toilet is currently in the room, how old it is, whether it is plastic or a china cistern and then you can work your design back from there.”
Lorraine says she has witnessed a lot of change in bathrooms over the past 20 years and it was wonderful for clients to have far more choice when it comes to colours of tapware and different shapes and sizes of baths and basins.
“When people come in for advice I always recommend clients think about the following: how they use the room and who is using it; you have to think about right handed and left handed users; will you need two basins if the timing of the household use the bathroom at the same time; walk-in showers require less cleaning; I always suggest a twin shower or hand held on a rail as it offers more flexibility of use; in smaller bathrooms consider wall-hung vanities as they give the illusion of space; if you are going to have a bath actually go into a showroom and sit in it; consider vanities with drawer as they have more storage; and it is important to design in a shower niche with shelving for shampoos and conditioners.”
Lorraine said one of her best moments for her in recent years was meeting the designers of the Crown Towers on site to show them a product range. “It was one of the more interesting experiences for bathroom design as I was able to go on site while the Crown Towers were being built and talk to their design team about different fixtures and fittings, it was a very exciting project. They were very thorough, they wanted to try out all sizes and styles for the bathrooms in the Towers to make sure they got the balance just right.”
Outside of work Lorraine loves to exercise, particularly a class called Punch Fit, walking along the beach, socialising and taking her grandchildren on simple, fun adventures.