How to build some bathroom bliss – no matter how big the space
Over the years, we have seen the bathroom morph from a simply utilitarian space to a highly stylized, and yet functional room that not only evokes personal taste but customized lavishness. Whether you desire a “spa-like” retreat or simply a classic look that is big on efficiency and storage, today’s bathrooms deliver large on luxury.
It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is large or small, if you prefer a relaxed boho design, a charming rustic look or something more refined, if you desire a Zen-like oasis or a fun space for the kids, when looking to renovate a bathroom your design should bring together all that is the best of what you envision, while delivering for you the absolute maximum of storage, usage and aesthetic.
Trends continue to remain tailored and refined. The world of tile continues to offer an abundant amount of options from the classics, to bold textures and colours, to Terrazzo, which has re-emerged in the world of design. All things vintage are ever-so popular in design. Whether it’s the relaxed boho vibe you are striving to create in your bathroom, or you simply desire an upcycled vanity, there’s no denying that vintage design remains strong. Bathroom fixtures are showing many wonderful warm metals, as well as matte black, all great alternatives to the typical chrome finish. The multitude of body sprays that once cluttered our shower walls are on the decline, and instead we are seeing the use of multiple shower heads, both ceiling and wall mount. Texture is also big in our bathrooms and, as always, maximum storage is high on the list.
If you’re planning to give your bathroom a whole new look, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Set a realistic budget
As a designer, I often find many believe that since the bathroom is a small area it will not cost a lot to renovate. On the contrary, once you start looking at all the options available to you today, whether in tile, fixtures or storage, you might be surprised at what is out there and how much it can cost. Do some investigating to see what the best options are for you, and look to working with a designer to maximize your bathroom design options.
Use tile to add personality
When shopping for tile, don’t be swayed into believing that because your room is small you must stay with a small-scaled tile. In fact, a simple large-scaled tile can create the illusion of a much larger space. Also, tile is a great way to add personality and charm to your design, so mix it up a bit and consider adding some pattern to your space.
Keep storage in mind
Think through your storage space wisely. There are many ready-made vanities on the market today. However, a custom-made vanity will be able to truly accommodate and maximize your storage needs. We have designed many clever storage solutions for our clients, from hidden hampers to hidden steps for children to brush their teeth.
In the end, be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating a wonderfully luxurious and inviting room that reflects your individuality, while offering optimal convenience and relaxation for years to come.
Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.