Bathroom remodels are among the trickiest home remodeling projects you will tackle. They need to encompass all the functional requirements of a damp environment, include all the necessary amenities in one of the tightest spaces in the house, and be beautifully designed. Here are five tips to help you design your ideal bathroom.
1. Make sure you have enough storage for everything in the bathroom.
Keep the space uncluttered by creating a dedicated space for each set of things you have in the bathroom. Consider such features as a recessed niche for soaps and shampoos in the shower, a built-in medicine cabinet. Open shelving is becoming more popular as a way to display towels and other necessities and allows them to be easily accessible.
Above: Baskets corral smaller items on open shelving in this contemporary bathroom.
2. Use tile to define the overall look of your bathroom.
Subway tile sets a traditional tone, while glazed Moroccan tile, which has an appealing unevenness, creates a more exotic look.
Above: Heath Ceramics offers tiles in unusual sizes, for a bathroom that has a contemporary freshness. Shown here is an installation of 2-by-12-inch tiles, which can be stacked straight or subway-style.
3. For particularly small spaces, consider wall-mounting accessories and fixtures.
Reduce counter clutter by using wall-mounted faucet sets, soap dishes, cup holders, and shelving.
Above: The classic Weymouth Two-Handle High Arc Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet in brushed nickel from Moen, $386.40 at Home Depot.
4. Decide whether you want a pedestal sink or a traditional vanity.
The vanity is probably the most significant piece of furniture in the bath. A console with drawers provides extra storage, but a pedestal sink creates an airy feeling.
Above: With a frosted glass cabinet front and slender legs, the Sonia Europa Vanity takes up less visual space while providing storage.
5. Emphasize spa features in a new bath.
Take a cue from contemporary spa design and add touches such as shower seating. Also, allow each member of your family to customize the shower for themselves: Look for features such as adjustable bars and handheld showers.
Above: A bath in the H2hotel in Healdsburg, created by Marie Fisher Interior Design (a member of the Remodelista Architect/ Designer Directory) and Jen Gadiel Design, features an abundance of natural lighting. Image by Zubin Shroff.