The Basics of Bathroom Designs
By: Glenn Whitehead
Bathroom designs are some of the biggest decisions homeowners must make when decorating . Whether building a new home or remodeling; the choices you make for the baths will affect the overall feel and appearance of your home. To help you with the process, I’ve put together a list of some basic elements to consider when planning bathroom designs.
- Layout-The floor plan or layout of your bath will, most likely, be determined by a combination of factors. Overall space, location of plumbing, the shape of the room, and cost. The use of the room is the most important thing to consider. For baths that will have multiple users, such as a kids room or the master, it’s a good idea to have two sinks if possible. The location of the plumbing and the size and shape of the room will play a big role in determining where you can put tubs, showers, and commodes. Plumbing lines can be relocated, but the cost may make it less feasible. Long rectangular rooms may dictate that all of the fixtures be on one wall; while smaller rooms may rule out the possibility of a tub. Write down the specifics of your room, such as dimensions and the current locations of the fixtures, then spend some time sketching different layouts. You’ll be surprised how many ideas you com up with.
- Cabinets-Bathroom cabinets are now available in such a wide variety of styles and finishes; the possibilities are endless. Once used as just storage places; vanities, linen, linen, and medicine cabinets are now like pieces of fine furniture that can become the centerpiece of the room. If you’re starting from scratch with bathroom designs; consider choosing the cabinets first, the let the rest of your choices complement them.
- Flooring-Bathroom flooring is a huge decision for two reasons; appearance and durability. While the type, pattern, and finish or color has a huge impact on the décor; it’s equally important to choose a material that will hold up well to primary enemy of bathroom floors; moisture. All of the same options are available here as in other parts of the home. However, practicality may eliminate some options. Carpet and wood flooring products, while attractive, don’t hold up well to the affects of water. Natural stones, such as marble and granite are great, but, they make for some slippery conditions and they’re not cheap. Sheet vinyl is inexpensive and extremely durable, but many homeowners believe it looks cheap. Ceramic tile is the most popular choice for several reasons; it’s durable, the prices are reasonable, and there is a wide selection of colors, shapes, and sizes.
- Fixtures-There are a few things to consider when deciding on fixtures. Is the overall décor of the home more modern or traditional? Do you have the space to accommodate a whirlpool tub or a walk-in shower? These factors may limit your choices. Color and material make a big difference. The most common materials for tubs a sinks are porcelain coated steel, though fiberglass and acrylics have become increasingly popular. Be careful about color matching fixtures to your decor. Styles can change quickly and changing fixtures is expensive. You can’t go wrong with basic white. It never goes out of style and it matches everything.
- Accessories-This is the finishing touch. Little extras like wall hangings, art work, and designer towels and racks give the room it’s personality. Rugs and floor mats add comfort as well as appearance. Aroma extracts, candles, and scented bath beads on shelves or counter tops add a pleasant aroma while complementing the decor. The possibilities here are endless.
Well, hopefully this has given you some food for thought to help with these tough decisions on bathroom designs. In my opinion a great design is one that combines attractive aesthetics and functionality. Thanks for reading and good luck .
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