There are so many options when it comes to bathroom design that it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, there are some basic dos and don’ts that can apply to almost every remodel. From big principles to little tips, here are 10 ways to make the most of your space.
1. Do choose appropriate surfaces. While initial appearances are important, don’t forget about the pounding these bathroom surfaces will take over time. Porcelain tiles work for floors and walls alike, stainless steel sinks are incredibly sturdy and we’re seeing an increased use of granite and quartz for bathroom countertops because they look great and last for a long time.
2. Do design for the future. Not only do you want a clean and contemporary aesthetic that won’t need a total redo every five years, but embracing the ‘’aging in place’’ approach to bathroom design – one that adapts to your needs as you age – just makes sense.
3. Don’t forget about ventilation. Moisture is a bathroom’s worst enemy; it will do a number on your painted surfaces and create ugly and unhealthy mildew and mold. Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions out there, from a simple bathroom fan to a dehumidifier that automatically adjusts to the humidity levels in the air.
4. Do make space on your vanity. Since bathrooms are, let's face it, largely about grooming, it’s important to have room for all of your stuff. One recent trend is to get rid of the double sink set-up in favor of one sink and a whole lot more countertop space.
5. Don’t be scared of tech. While most of us can’t afford a $10,000 toilet, there are new products like steam showers, heated floors, and innovative ways of mounting televisions that can take your bathroom design to the next level.
6. Do the little things well. It’s easy to get stuck thinking about the big pieces, but something small like an elegant and unique shower niche (like a textured pebble stone tile) can end up being a central focus of the room.
7. Don’t forego form for function. No remodel should begin without consideration of how the space will be used. A master bathroom is going to be used differently, and by different people, than a shared downstairs bathroom, and the space should reflect those differences.
8. Do think eco-friendly. Aside from being a more environment-friendly choice, many ecological products out there also end up saving you money. From showerheads to faucets and toilets, these water-efficient solutions often perform as well as their more out-dated predecessors.
9. Do repeat yourself. With a little forethought, you can create a custom look without the hefty custom price tag. One easy way to reduce costs is to reuse the countertop material in the shower and bathtub detailing to create flow and fluidity within your home.
10. Do increase your storage. From countertop drawers to built-in shelving near your toilets, no one has ever had too many places to put the hundreds of small items that we all store in our bathrooms.
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