You can see your dream bathroom in your mind but now you want to make it a reality. Bringing the perfect bathroom to life can seem overwhelming, but with these six ingredients you will be on the road to sinking into that spa bathtub or enjoying the rain shower you’ve always wanted.
It’s easy to get wants mixed with needs, but when it comes to bathrooms, functionality should trump your wish list. At the end of the day, a bathroom must fit the needs of your household. Go into the project with a level head and you will not only love the finished look but the entire room for years to come.
2. A Test Run
Move about your current bathroom and figure out what you like and don’t like. Do you wish you had more storage space at arms length? Is the area where you step out of the shower uncomfortably small? Make notes of the things that are not working and what can be improved. This will make sure you don’t make the same mistakes in your new bathroom, and let you learn ways the space can be further optimized.
3. Good Planning
When designing a home, we can sometimes act like a kid in a candy store, pointing at what we like and saying, “Oooh, I want!” While this approach is certainly fun, it can ruin a bathroom design prior to its existence. Before you begin browsing bathroom vanities, and ordering furniture and tile, make a game plan. Create a layout to understand how much space you’re working with, where your plumbing is, and what can fit where.
4. The Right Materials
From bathroom vanities to the tile on the floors, you want to make sure every part of a bathroom is made with the right materials. Choosing a low price over good quality will not benefit you, as you will find yourself replacing pieces much sooner than normal.
5. Proper Lighting
How you show off your bathroom is as important as what you put in it. Installing recessed spot lighting can open up a space by making the room seem brighter and larger. If you are going for a calming spa vibe also consider adding a dimmer, or bulbs with a warm gold hue.
6. Ample Storage
One of the biggest bathroom complaints is lack of storage. Don’t fall into this trap. Determine how much storage you need on day one and don’t compromise. There are many different ways to save space while still creating storage, such as bathroom vanities with built in cabinets and drawers, mirrored wall cabinets, and tall hutches that can be placed over toilets or in the corner of rooms.
7. A Dash of Decorations
Bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in a house. Because of this you don’t want to go overboard on decorations that will take away from functionality or clutter the room. Go for simple accents like picture frames, statement hand towels, and candles.