Bathroom Design Guide

Bathroom Design Guide

Whether you're living in a shack, a townhouse or a mansion, the bathroom is one place you won't want to skimp when it comes to design. Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is the one room in the house where homeowners are willing to spend more to get the design they desire. 

Because most bathrooms are smaller spaces, careful consideration goes into the bathroom floor plan. Efficiently used space is a must for a well designed bathroom that performs well and is comfortable to use. It is important to consider not only the space but the materials, fixtures, lighting etc when designing a bathroom. What follows will help you build your best bathroom.

Bathroom Design Guide

Make a List

Whether you're building new or remodeling an existing bathroom, it's important to know what you want. Make a list of all the features, amenities and luxuries you want in your bathroom. Prioritize them, not all will be possible due to space limitations and budget, so knowing what you must have and what you can do without is critical.

Look Forward 

You're not just designing a bathroom for today, you're also designing one for next year and possibly 20 years in the future. How long do you plan on living in the house? Do you plan on aging in place? All of these considerations will help you design a bathroom that works for you today and tomorrow and the tomorrow 20 years from now. Even if you aren't planning on staying in the house that long, aging in place features could be a big selling point for potential buyers and is something to consider investing in.

Function over Form

We all want our bathrooms to be beautiful oases in our home, but if they don't work the way bathrooms are supposed to work, what is the point? A lovely claw foot tub is great and makes a beautiful cover of a magazine, but if you don't use it you're wasting space that could be better utilized. Talk to a professional about what your needs are versus your wants.

Going Green

There are many ways you can create an eco-friendly bathroom including using repurposed fixtures, reclaimed wood for cabinetry and installing energy saving appliances like water heaters and in floor heat. 

Color Palette

While it's much easier to change the color of the walls, rather than the tiles you choose, you'll want to stay away from trendier colors. A bold bright green wall might look smashing in the latest issue of Architectural Digest, it might not look so great in your bathroom - day after day. Choose colors that you love and will love being surrounded by day after day. A pop of color is a great thing, but it might be better on a framed picture that can be moved from time to time.


No one ever said they had too much storage in their home so don't forget to incorporate some into your bathroom design. In addition to the regular storage options found in a bathroom - cabinets, linen closets - additional storage can be added by way of shelving, adding additional cabinets above doorways and windows. 


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