A bathroom is a place to inspire wellness and relaxation. Whether you’re redoing a busy family bath or upgrading to a luxurious soaking tub, first consider who will be using the bathroom and how.
This will help determine what’s needed to ensure safety and functionality. This will also provide direction for material choices.
The most important part of any Bathroom Remodel is the placement of the sink, bathtub and shower. A good layout makes the room feel open and spacious, maximizing functionality and making it easy for users to move around.
This example from Leigh Lincoln of Pure Salt Interiors maximizes space by arranging a pair of vanities on the wall opposite a soaking tub and walk-in shower. This arrangement allows for plenty of storage and counter space, as well as ample opportunity to create a stunning statement lighting piece above the vanities.
This layout is perfect for homeowners who prefer a shower over a tub. A recessed area houses a compact corner shower tray and WC, while glass panels separate this space from the main refreshing area which showcases a double washbasin on a countertop, a cabinet and a WC. The straight lines of the rectangular fixtures work perfectly together to accentuate the visual distinctness of the layout.
The plumbing in the bathroom involves a complex network of supply lines that deliver clean, temperature-controlled water and a drainage system that whisks away waste and used water. A good understanding of these systems can empower homeowners to make wise choices about upgrades, repairs and maintenance.
A shower has both a supply line that delivers hot and cold water and a drain pipe that whisks away wastewater. The supply pipes are narrower than the drain pipes, and each fixture has a valve that can be shut off in case of an emergency.
Sinks have a similar supply and drain system, with wider, more-durable pipes connecting the faucet to the main sewage line. The drain system also includes a P-trap that retains a small amount of water and prevents sewer gasses from escaping into the room. The trap must be properly vented to ensure proper drainage and protect against clogs. The drainage system in the bathroom also has a vent pipe that links toilets and showers to the main drain line.
Your fixtures and accessories set the bathroom style and are also a huge part of the décor. From toilets, faucets and showerheads to towel rods and a vanity mirror the finishes and styles you choose can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your bathroom.
While traditional fixtures are a popular choice they don’t fit in with all home design styles so you might want to consider transitional or contemporary options instead. Many brands offer complete fixture sets so it’s easy to create a cohesive design with matching hardware.
Using an accent color or finish like matte black or brushed bronze can add some interest and personality to your bathroom. Or try mixing fixture styles with the same finish to achieve an eclectic look. You can even hit the flea market to find unique and affordable pieces that can add a splash of character. Just make sure to measure before you buy to ensure they’re the right size and scale for your space.
Whether your bathroom is a powder room or a primary, guest or master suite, smart storage and organization can make this high-traffic space work for you. Toss a few extra baskets on open shelving to hold pretty washcloths and robes, or opt for woven styles like those used by Desiree Burns Interiors to hide towels underneath a sink (just remember to measure the opening of your cabinet to ensure the basket fits).
Over-the-door organizers are a simple bathroom storage solution that helps keep combs, hairspray canisters and other supplies out of sight and easy to grab. If you don’t want to install permanent door shelves, a rolling cart can also function as an over-the-counter storage unit; stock it with a few tiered organizers to stash toilet paper, soap, makeup and more in your bathroom.
A slimline wicker vanity can be used to nestle a stack of fluffy bath towels, canisters of fragrant bath salts and a green plant. Use decorative trays to sort items by category, such as nail polish and cosmetic brushes; the labels will help you keep your organized system on track.