Essentials of Bathroom Design
Your bathroom is one the most heavily utilized rooms in your home, and it is important to understand the essentials of bathroom design before you undertake any major project.
This is a place where you and your family spend a lot of private time, your goal will be to create both a highly functional and beautiful space that can double as a peaceful retreat from a busy family schedule.
Bathroom design can be challenging as there are many details and technical logistics involved such as plumbing, electrical, ventilation and storage needs. Our professional design team has compiled some basic tips to help you get started, however, we always suggest consulting with plumbing and electrical professionals before finalizing your bathroom design ideas.
Designing for Function
This may sound straightforward, but it is extremely important to keep the function of your bathroom at the forefront of your design process. Taking time to study how you and your family use the space is crucial. For example, how many people are in your home? What are their storage needs, and how much space is required versus the actual space available? Optimizing your available space to suit everyone’s activity and storage needs is by far the greatest challenge.
Hands down, tile wins as the best flooring choice. Available in an endless variety of colours and styles, tile offers unlimited design opportunities with both ceramic and natural options.
Floor tile usually comes in larger sizes, either 12×12 or 18×18 inches. We typically recommend a neutral colour scheme for flooring to avoid bringing the eyes down to the floor. Ceramic floor tiles usually provide more texture than ceramic wall tile to prevent slippage, while natural stone will also provide decent traction when floors are wet.
With the added bonus of being low-maintenance, tile is a safe bet and a gorgeous addition to your home bathroom.
Choosing Cabinet Styles
Cabinets arguably have the biggest impact on the overall look of a bathroom, and also require careful consideration. Depending on the space available, there is a wide array of cabinet options to choose from. The variety of bathroom styles is nearly endless, and using different cabinetry materials helps achieve certain looks.
Natural wood is a flexible, timeless choice, available in a range of colours, stains and finishes, and its versatility can easily be used for rustic charm or a contemporary elegance. Meanwhile, glass cabinetry creates an ultra-modern, minimalist look and is a beautiful addition to natural materials like wood or stone. Metal finishes such as stainless steel cabinets have become popular, creating a sophisticated minimalist look for your bathroom.
Whatever cabinet products you choose, opting for higher quality materials wherever possible will add longevity to the life of your bathroom.
Choosing the Right Countertop
The bathroom vanity countertop should be the most resilient surface in your home, next to your floor. And while its first job is function, the second job of a countertop is an added design element, tying together other features in the room to create a spectacular finished look.
Granite or marble is an excellent choice for bathroom vanity countertops due to the wide range of colour options, as well as their resistance to heat, water and wear. While both may require sealant against stains, they are a good water resistant choice, and easy to keep clean.
Whatever materials you choose, your choice of materials play a vital dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, and cosmetics for the entire family. And, in the end, the materials you choose should be in line with your budget and personal taste.
With the proper design, your bathroom can be a peaceful retreat from your busy schedule. We invite you to visit our North Vancouver showroom today and step into our interactive design center, where our experts will be happy to chat with you about your ideas.