The design of your bathroom dictates its overall
mood and energy. Tiled walls give it a clean, modern look, while certain colors
and stylish accents can make it more inviting. Need more storage? Get ideas on
utilizing space and creating light. Starting from scratch? Check out our decor
ideas for your bathroom remodeling project.
Classic Bathroom Design by Darek Sokol
It's important to think about the bathroom design as
much as about the bathroom fixtures. If you're thinking of remodeling your
bathroom, consider adding elements of comfort and elegance. Transform your cold,
dreary bath into your own personal sanctuary.
If you have a "sky's-the-limit" budget, think
crystal chandelier, gold plated faucets, marble flooring, and stained-glass
While many home interiors are going more simple,
bathrooms are getting the royal treatment. Elegance, softness, and
sophistication are the keywords for bathroom decor.
Hand-made Italian tiles,
custom-constructed and fitted hand-rubbed wood cabinets, and sparkling crystal
light fixtures are just some of the items people are spending top dollar to
The bathroom is forgotten no longer. It's your personal sanctuary, and
should be treated with special touches.
In new construction, bathrooms are getting larger. Combined with dressing
areas and walk in closets, some bathroom areas are bigger than the adjoining
bedrooms. Add to that oversized bathtubs, separate showers, gym equipment, and
sauna rooms, a bathroom is becoming a destination place in homes.
In many remodels, homeowners are tearing down walls, eliminating small
bedrooms, and creating giant bathrooms with special amenities such as
telephones, televisions, lounging chairs, and a fireplace.
Homes with young children may not be suitable for installation of Italian
marble countertops that would be damaged by little fingers and crayons. Usually
these top-of-the-line items are reserved for master bath suites. But many
luxury elements are appropriate for any home.
Read below about the leading choices for luxury and convenient bathrooms.
Decide what you could do to really transform your bathroom from a utilitarian
stop-off spot to a tranquil, elegant retreat.
Custom cabinetry is designed to provide maximum
storage, eye-appeal, and convenience. Tall cabinets on either side of the sink
area offers eye-level storage for bathroom necessities. Electric plugs
installed inside the cabinets help hide ugly appliance cords. Extra-deep
drawers offer out-of-site storage for tall bottles.
Even a small bathroom will look larger with mirrored walls or cabinet
doors. For a really elegant look, have the mirrors framed in gold- or
silver-leaf frames. Both artificial light and natural light will be reflected
and the room will be brighter.
To add floor space to a narrow room, consider having cabinets cut shallower
than usual, and bump out the counter area around the sinks. A pullman-style
bathroom will look more interesting without a long, straight line of cabinets.
If your space has room, consider having the countertop installed at two
heights. The lowered area can serve as a dressing table. You might even have a
whole wall of cabinets built in to store towels, rugs, and bathroom
While many bathrooms have laminate or solid surface countertops, ceramic
tiles of all shapes and styles are the choice of the day. For any variety of
looks and durability, choose glass, ceramic, stone, or metal tiles
Even in ceramic tiles, there are many painted or embossed styles to choose
from. These are especially useful to create a border around an area, a chair
rail design, or to frame a mirror or cabinet. You can also scatter
hand-painted or embossed tiles at intervals on a wall to create texture and
A word of warning if you're decorating on a budget: decorative tiles
are sold by the piece. Before you go shopping, measure the space you're going
to tile so that you know how many tiles you'll need. If you're doing a shower
enclosure or countertop, the number adds up. And then multiply the number of
tiles by the price per piece, and the number gets big quickly. Remember to add
in edging pieces, corners, and borders. An extra dollar per tile could mean a
lot of dollars extra for the whole room!
Here are more ways to add bathroom design
elegance and sophistication to your new bath.
The Bathroom Sink
The elegant bathroom you're designing will definitely need two sinks. You
can place them next to each other on a long countertop set atop a beautiful
cabinet. Or block out a place on each side of the room for a single sink. Each
person will be able to use their sink without rubbing elbows.
Some redesigned bathrooms have the sink in front of a window to take
advantage of the natural light. The traditional mirror is found, framed, on
With extra floor space, you might select two elegant pedestal sinks in
either traditional or contemporary designs. Using pedestal sinks will make the
room more open, but not provide storage space. So be sure to have cabinets
Install a drop-in or hand-painted sink into a free-standing cabinet or
chest. It will look like a separate piece of furniture. Or drop a
custom-designed sink into a marble or solid-surface countertop for an elegant
The newest look in bathroom sinks shows a large bowl mounted on the top of
a bathroom counter. Artists and designers are using all sorts of material,
such as marble, hand-blown glass, gold-leafed glass, or shiny metals. Before
selecting a sink of this design, be sure that the height will be convenient to
use and that the bowl will be safe.
By all means, get rid of that yellowed fan- heater-overhead light that's
hanging in the middle of your bathroom.
Lighting for a redesigned bathroom (and other rooms, as well) is more
directed at work areas. Soft light for a soaking bath can be achieved with a
wall dimmer connected to any lighting. Choose some beautiful wall sconces for
either side of the mirror, a sparkling chandelier for overhead, or place a
small table lamp on the counter or dressing table area.
For more ideas on elegant or soft lighting, see the information and
resources on interior lighting
Be sure to confirm your plans for lighting with an electrician or lighting
designer before the ceiling and walls are closed up after remodeling. You'll
want to have the wiring all installed behind the walls so no cords or wires
Get rid of the large wall-size frameless mirror over your sink and replace
it with a beautiful framed mirror. Choose frame molding to enhance your space.
For a really luxurious feel, bring a piece of furniture into the bathroom.
A tall armoire or chest can hold towels and bathroom necessities. A bench or
lounge chair provides a spot to relax. Any woman would love a real dressing
table in the bath. Any piece of free-standing furniture in a bathroom softens
the look and adds a custom touch to the space.
Beautiful fabrics on furniture and windows gives a really elegant look.
Elaborate window treatments and upholstery are finding their way into this
private retreat. Traditional shower curtains, a perfect place to showcase
beautiful fabric, are being replaced by glass shower doors and walk-in shower
Add finishing touches to your luxurious bathroom with unusual fixtures and
You don't have to feel stuck with basic shiny chrome faucets. Depending on
the style of your bath and the rest of your house, you might want to select
decorative faucets of solid gold, polished brass, pewter, brushed nickel, or
burnished iron. View hundreds of bathroom sink faucets (don't forget the tub
and shower!) on
If you've chosen a particular theme for your bath decor, carry the theme
through with cabinet pulls. You can choose traditional knobs of glass, brass,
pewter, or crystal. Or find some shaped like flowers, hearts, butterflies, or
Accessories selected especially for a bathroom can help to take away the
cold, hard look often found in bathrooms. You might want to select plush rugs,
elegant window coverings, artwork, comfortable furniture, or flowers to add
warmth to your space. You'll be amazing how much small touches like these can
do to enhance the private space.
Luscious, plush towels in colors to compliment the decor are thick and
large. Display them on a corner shelf, rolled in a basket, or hanging from
decorative hooks along the wall or on the back of the bathroom door.
In place of a simple towel bar, look for a double rack or a hotel-style
rack with shelves. Consider a heated towel rack that will have your towels
piping hot when you get out of the shower. Choose towel bars in materials to
compliment the finish of the sink fixtures.
With the traditional mirror dressed up in elegant frame, you might want to
move the medicine cabinet out of the way. Find a convenient closet or cabinet
to hold necessities. Or hang a mirrored, framed door over the cabinet.
Elegant clear or etched frameless glass doors are replacng the traditional
shower curtain. But some of the shower stalls or tub areas are draped with
luxurious fabrics and trims.
Elegant sponged paint or textured wallpaper provide a luxurious background
for any art or prints you may decide to hang in the bathroom.
Display treasured collectibles on display shelves or on a dressing table.
Not many people will be entering your private retreat, so the pieces will be
Even the slightest amount of creativity and imagination can help to change
a usually bare, cold space into a luxurious personal retreat. Elegance and
luxury are not hard to achieve with all the products available for today's new
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