Designing your perfect new bath
Choose an interesting mirror, says Morris. "It could be an
antique mirror or even one you find at a garage sale," she says. "The
proportion is important." Morris also notes that glass countertops are the
rage, ranging from one-half to one-inch thick with colors injected in them.
paint is used in contemporary bathrooms, wallpaper is also making a comeback in
traditional bathrooms. It isn't the flocked paper of old. Instead, the wallpaper
has interesting vertical patterns and may have some gold in it. Even animal prints
are being used.
The family bath
Homeowners who want to efficiently remodel
the family bathroom are turning to deeper
tubs with an 18-inch to 20-inch depth. Options
include whirlpool tubs or vintage tubs in
an array of finishes. "You may be asking
yourself what can be done with a 35-square-foot
space, with a standard tub-shower combination,
a sink in a 24-inch cabinet and a toilet,"
Morris says. She recommends a whirlpool tub
that is 30 inches by 60 inches by 19 inches,
which will fit right into a five-foot-wide
area. "The inside of the tub contours
right to the body, making it exceptionally
comfortable," she says. "This can
be combined with a shower that has multiple
Because of the mess children
can make in a bathroom, practicality is a
must. Therefore, vanities are wall-to-wall
but they can have recessed drawer bases and
a breakfront look to them. In these bathrooms,
they can be marble or porcelain and the framed
mirror should be large enough for two or more
children to look at themselves at one time.
Some of the lighting can be built-in to mirror
or bar-style lighting.
Every bathroom needs efficient storage space.
The goal is to put what you need within easy
reach. Depending on the size of the room,
you may be able to add shelf space, but you
can also use wire racks, bins and drawers.
If any of the units are modular, you'll be
able to adjust your storage as your needs
If you are designing a bathroom for people with physical limitations, it's important
to focus on selecting the right products, says Hilsabeck. "Safety always
should be considered in the design in general," he says. For those with young
children or elderly parents, for instance, buy slip-resistant flooring, lowered
areas for ease of use, a shower bench, a hand-held shower fixture, and anti-scald
or thermostatic valving. Additional support, such as grab bars in strategic locations,
can assist in the day-to-day use of the bathroom, he says. Designing an efficient
as well as an aesthetically pleasing bathroom can be a challenge, but the important
elements are always ease of reach and accessibility.