This month of April Showers got us thinking about bathroom showers. That got us thinking about bathrooms. Bathrooms in turn got us thinking about the many bathrooms we have done over the past year or so.
Typically, homeowners have adhered to the original footprint of their existing bathroom. A bathroom is one of those spaces where bigger isn’t always better. More space doesn’t always equal a better space – a well designed and well-appointed bathroom is far superior.
We’ve come up with some common threads that run through the master bathrooms we’ve designed.
1. In most cases, the tub has come out of the master bathroom and been replaced with a larger shower. This always assumes that there is another bathroom in the home with a tub.
2. As long as space permits, two person vanities/sinks are an absolute must.
3. Timeless tile on the floor and in the shower is where most of our bathrooms begin. We have been using equal amounts of natural stone and porcelain tile depending upon the clients’ preferences.
4. Creating efficient storage in the master bathroom is crucial to bathroom design. We go into great detail to determine what will be stored and the best way to store it. Vanities have become storage specific. Where space permits we have included closets and storage cabinets. Vanity towers provide vertical storage when square footage is lacking.
5. Plumbing fixtures are selected with style and functionality in mind. In most cases we do both a fixed showerhead as well as a handheld showerhead in the shower. Aside from the benefits of the handheld for the shower experience, it becomes a must for the process of cleaning the shower.
6. Clients are opting for shower benches and these take on many tasks, from leg shaving to storing shower products.
7. Niches are being used quite often as both a practical and decorative features in the shower. This shower niche is compliments of soutstyle.ca.
8. We have been using different types of lighting in the bathroom for functionality and ambiance. Dimmers are a must when 5 am rolls around and you and your eyes are easing into the day.
9. Accessories are a way for the client to show their personality in the space. Whether it is artwork, shelves, mirrors, trinkets, photos, towels, bathmats, or soap holders (to name just a few) – these are the items that show your uniqueness in the bathroom. These bath accessories are by Kassatex Vizcaya.
10. Walls are often overlooked, but we won’t let them be! A great paint color that ties everything in the room together may be all that is needed. We’ve also done accent walls with floor to ceiling tile, wallcovering to add texture or color, and decorative painting in options that are limitless for a unique custom finish. This shows a decorative paint finish we used in a traditional bathroom. The finish was done by Billet-Collins Studio, a local decorative painting firm.