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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. 


Top Trends in Bathroom Design Everyone Will Love

Top Trends in Bathroom Design Everyone Will Love

At Preston Wood and Associations, we sell luxury townhouse floor plans. Whether you're building a few townhouses or a complete development like the one at Enclave at Stafford Oaks, we've got just the luxury townhouse floor plan for sale for you. Part of what makes our townhouse floor plans luxury designs is in no small part to the detail we put into our designs - and that includes the bathrooms.

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the room people are willing to spare no expense (at least within reason), and they do because comfort is key.

Or course, a bathroom is more than just a place to brush your teeth and shower, it's a place to begin each day and end each night. So it should be designed for comfort, functionality, and of course pleasing to the senses. 

These top trends in bathroom design have something for everyone. While tech is always a big part of home design and decor, many of the top trends are more practically inspired.

Top Trends in Bathroom Design


Stainless steel grab bars and clumsy portable bath chairs are a thing of the past. Today's bathroom is designed with accessibility in mind. Homeowners are opting for no threshold showers and even "wet rooms" that encase both the shower and the tub for privacy, easy access and to keep the water out of the rest of the bathroom. Built in shower seating is also a great aging in place feature that many homeowners are insisting on today.

Hands Free Fixtures

Heads free fixtures have been available in public restroom for a while now and are now making their way into residential designs. Not only are they easier to use, but they are also more sanitary - hands free soap dispensers and touchless faucets can be great amenities if you have accessibility concerns.

Calming Decor

The bathroom is the buffer zone between wake and sleep so it's no surprise people want their bathrooms to feel more spa-like and less institutional. Choosing decor that is calming and easy to the senses is a great way to turn the bathroom into a relaxing retreat. Muted colors make the room feel softer and more inviting. Soft window treatments, antique furnishings such as framed mirrors and light fixtures can make even the smallest of bathroom feel like they were made for a king, or queen. Don't forget to include some practical features that provide comfort like a magazine rack or wall mounted tablet for easy access. 

In Floor Heat

What used to be considered a luxury that only a few could afford has now become mainstream. In floor heating is that little bit of affordable luxury that will get your day off to a wonderful, and warm, start.

Smart Storage

Today's homeowners want not only lots of storage, but they want smart storage. That means utilizing the space efficiently. Many of our townhouses have 9" or taller ceilings, that's a lot of storage space that can go unused if not designed properly. Vertical storage with cabinetry can be a lovely way to add much needed storage. Built in linen closets are another way to add additional storage to a room that is always in need of more.

Multiple Shower Heads

Why have just one shower head when you can have many? Turn your morning routine into a cascading waterfall. Kohler, Moen, Delta and Hansgrohe all feature not only beautifully designed shower heads, but also many with multiple shower heads.


Nothing says luxury like a fireplace in the bathroom. Design a spa-like atmosphere with a built in gas fireplace to stare into as you relax and unwind from a busy week. 

Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly Bathrooms were all the rage at this past International Builders' Show. Homeowners are demanding pet friendly bathrooms be incorporated into their designs. Usually there are separate spaces for the pet's use only (with the assistance of their human, of course) when space permits. Where space is at a premium, a lower hand held shower makes bathing Spot much easier,  it's also helpful for those who need to sit while showering.