We no longer want our bathrooms to be simply functional, we want them to also be spaces where we can relax and unwind and be visually inspired.  Ideally, it’s also a great idea to give it a touch of panache!  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

A Master Suite:  Don’t think of your bathroom in isolation from the rest of the home.  Make sure there is a good harmony and flow between all of the spaces, in particular your master bedroom. 

Have a Focal Point:  Often either the tub area or the vanity and mirrors are the main centerpiece to a well designed bathroom.  Consider adding a bit of eye candy and sparkle to this area with a beautiful light fixture, a more dramatic faucet or a recessed tile mosaic for a bit of wow.

It’s a Wet Wet World:  Water on the floor can make for a slippery surface.  That is why mosaics or smaller tiles are often used on the floor of showers for more traction. 

Also, consider porcelain plumbing fixture fittings which won’t show water spotting.

Let there be Light:

For today’s bathroom, most prefer a bright and airy environment with a mix of both natural and man made lighting. 

If you like to read when in the tub, make sure to allocate soft lighting that will make this possible. 

For your vanity area, make sure to not only have light from above, but also light from sconces or wall lights to give you nice even lighting to do make up or shave by. 

Make sure to have all your bathroom lighting on dimmer switches so you can control the brightness of the lighting for uses that are strictly atmospheric for spa time and more bright for doing make up at night.

Fixtures & Fittings:  There is a plethora of plumbing fixture options on the market today.  Do not feel limited to the sink and shower fixtures you see on display at the big box stores.  Talk to a your builder, an architect or designer to find fixtures in a wide variety of styles and finishes that can be the perfect finishing touch for your room.

Adding Color:  Paint is one of the easiest and less expensive things about a room to change later.  But if you’d like a color scheme that will last a very long time, consider creating a space using classic black and white tile as its primary palette.  Soft blues and greens always feel fresh and spa like too. 

Add a Playful Touch:  If you’ve got room to add furniture in your bath, consider a vanity bench lacquered in a brighter hue and topped with a whimsical fabric pattern.  Or consider wallpaper or paint in a contrasting color at the back of a glass front storage cabinet used for towels and baskets of spa supplies. 

Spa Details:  Make sure to outfit your tub and shower areas with details that remind you to take the time to pamper yourself in your private bath.   

When retiling a shower, ask your tile installer to add one or two recessed niches large enough to house your shampoo and soaps.  This keeps the rest of your shower area less cluttered.

And remember, whatever your sense of style and your unique needs, we are here to assist you with either a consultation or a full bathroom remodel.

 

Here’s to making your bath a more inspiring and better functioning space!

Love,
Sasha

 

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