Inside Your Home
From the spacious master ensuite to the cozy guest two-piece, bathrooms present a wide array of interesting and challenging design opportunities.
Where To Start
There’s no one dominant trend in bathroom décor. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, and while that can be exciting, it can be overwhelming too. Before you start clipping catalogues and touring showrooms, it’s important to just sit down and think: what do you want out of your space? How do you and your family use the bathroom in question? Some features are appropriate to an ensuite but don’t work so well in a bathroom used by kids. Others require a certain amount of clearance. Take a detailed inventory of the space, including measurements and some snapshots to take with you on your shopping trips. Doing the planning and having all this information ready to go will make everything else easier.
Every designer bathroom needs at least one stand-out feature. Vessel sinks are always a popular choice, and come in a huge variety of styles and materials like marble, stone, glass and even artistic tile mosaics. Space-saving demi-sinks, that look like vessels but also dip below the countertop, are a great alternative that still let you indulge in the vessel faucets that are such a big part of the appeal. Another fantastic bathroom centerpiece is the free-standing tub, which is gaining in popularity and becoming available in exciting new styles that blend classic antique elements, like claw feet and sloped backs, with more a more modern design sensibility.
One of the biggest trends in showers is the tiled walk-in style, which can be customized to fit in nearly any space and gives a whole new feel to a bathroom. Designer tiles combined with features like long trough-style perimeter drains can create unique showers that are also highly functional and easy to clean. They can be outfitted with all sorts of fixture combinations, like an overhead rain-shower plus a handheld sprayer on a slide-bar, or any number of specialty body jets for those who want a truly luxurious experience.
With the huge selection of products available at a wide range of prices, there’s no reason that anything in a bathroom has to be boring. Designer mirrors cut into interesting shapes and arrangements will play in the light and add a lot of flare to the space, while decorative linen towers and magazine racks in materials like wrought iron make attractive additions for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. There are also lots of lifestyle accessories like heated towel rack warmers that can add some luxury to your morning and evening routines.
One of the dangers of any redecoration project is getting to the end and realizing that, although everything is how you pictured it, it just doesn’t feel special. And the number one reason that happens is simple: a lack of character. Every décor needs some personal touches, and the bathroom is no exception. Whether it’s a selection of antique bottles showcasing cotton balls and swabs, designer countertop accessories like soap dishes and shaving racks, or even a stylish toilet paper holder - every bathroom accessory comes in a wide array of styles to suit any taste. By bringing all the elements together along with a few bold décor statements, you can turn any bathroom space into a unique and attractive part of the home.
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