Often the smallest room in the house, the bathroom can make a big difference in how comfortable you are at home.
When designing a bath, you first have to determine how the room will get used most frequently. Will it get shared or is it just for (lucky) you? Is this a powder room off the entry that will see infrequent visitors, or a high-traffic family bath that the kids share?
From there, you can determine what kind of fixtures you’ll need: shower or bath, sink with built-in storage or pedestal sinks, toilets, bidets and additional storage.
How you use the bath will determine what kind of materials you should choose. For a powder room for guests, you can get a bit extravagant since delicate finishing touches like a lovely wallpaper or a gilt-edged mirror won’t get ruined from countless steamy showers. For a family bath, you’ll want to go with strong, utilitarian materials that can withstand heavy daily use: tile, stone, water-resistant wood.
The fixtures and the materials you pick will give personality to the room. Maybe you love white subway tile and polished nickel for a classic look, or perhaps you’d like to indulge in sybaritic luxury with chandeliers and marble. You can finish the room with paint and towels that might add a burst of color, or blend soothingly into the decor.
Want some ideas on which way to go with your bath? Take a look at these bathroom sets that can take you back-to-nature or back-to-the future. Find some favorites to inspire you!