When it comes to designing your bathroom, you may feel a little lost as it is so much more involved than selecting furnishings and accessories like you would for your bedroom or living room. There are a lot of things to consider for your bathroom, especially how you use it. Next to the kitchen, it is the second most important space in the house. It is also the only room where hot steam from a running shower circulates in the air where condensation can occur if there isn’t proper ventilation.
Most people want to come home to a space that feels like they just entered an elegant, relaxing, and meditative day spa full of wonderful aromas and soothing music. You too can create your own personal spa retreat. Start with visiting a bathroom showroom to see what kind of bath fixtures are out there. Ask them questions. If you still feel overwhelmed with the endless options or don’t know what questions to ask, consider working with a designer who can help you by making recommendations and guiding you through the selection process. There is a lot of information out there today from books to online articles, so start familiarizing yourself with different types of bathroom fixtures and think about what would fit your needs for function, style, and mood. Let’s look at some below.
Bathtubs are still very popular even though some bathroom designers and experts would say that its out of style and the new trend is modern showers. Bathtubs are soothing, relaxing, and a meditative experience especially after a long day at work. They have personality whether it’s a clawfoot, freestanding, whirlpool, or alcove tub shower combination. There is nothing better than soaking in a tub surrounded by fragrant candles and soft music of nature. If you have a whirlpool tub, you can get a nice gentle massage too while enjoying your reflective experience. It’s quite a different experience bathing in a bathtub compared to taking a quick shower and that is why bathtubs are still very much appealing to the consumer.
When it comes to sinks, you need to consider a few things such as style, counter space, installation, materials, and configuration of hardware. Do you have floor space for a bathroom sink mounted in a vanity? Or, if you don’t have a lot of floor space, consider a wall mounted sink that will free up the floor space. There are many options for sinks such as vessel, wall-mounted, self rimming, pedestal, under-mount, above-counter, and console sinks. Before you decide what kind of sink to purchase, figure out your requirements and make sure you determine how it will be used and who will be using it. You can read more about different types of sinks and mounting options here.
Yes, there is so much more to think about besides style when choosing toilets such as size, shape, design, height, and flushing technology to name a few. If you are limited on space, consider a round toilet bowl or maybe you want a more sleek look with a wall mounted toilet. Perhaps you want something a bit more advanced if you can’t be bothered with flush levers such as a touchless toilet flush. There are many alternatives to choose from when it comes to toilets and you can find one that fits your requirements if one of those needs includes a toilet seat bidet that will help you with cleanliness.
Just like necklaces, bracelets, and rings are jewelry that adorn you, hardware is the jewelry that adds sparkle to your bathroom. Everything from shower heads to bath and sink faucet hardware, cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, towel hooks and bars, tissue holders, and much more, the options seem endless. On top of that, you have style, finishes, and cost to consider. So, where do you start? I recommend starting with the shower and tub hardware, then moving on to the sink and vanity hardware, and finishing up with the final accessories (towel bar, tissue holder, etc..) Remember, there is no rule that all the hardware have to match. Mix and match different styles and finishes to add interest and create a custom look for your bathroom that is unique just for you.