The bathroom is one of vital importance. It’s one of the most useful, but also demands a certain level of comfort. It’s also a great contributor to the value and resale value of a home, right up there with the kitchen. It demands a little more thought than most of the home. In particular, there are four aspects of the bathroom room that you need to really think about.
When it comes to the visual impact of a bathroom, there is little that matters more than proper lighting. Instead of heavy window treatments, for instance, you should consider allowing more light in through frosted windows and thin blinds. Any lighting fixtures should be placed where the natural light allows for more shadow, especially where grooming is done and you need to be able to clearly make out what you’re doing. If you’re dealing with a smaller space, then you should avoid using darker colors that trap light and create shadowed corners. Too many of those in a bathroom can simply make it look dirtier.
The use of space and how much you allow is going to have plenty of effect on how well light travels through the room, too. But you also need to think about how space affects airflow in the bathroom. In particular, you need to be smart with ventilation placement, especially if the bathroom doesn’t have a window. The fan needs to placed where the most steam is going to rise, but you also have to make sure nothing is blocking the projected route of the fan. With a smaller bathroom, allow yourself a bit more space by including things like corner sinks and floating vanities that offer even a little more standing room.
Bathrooms that look good start with a focal point. Baths, for instance, make some of the best focal points so you can start with the style of bath you choose. Should minimalist in design be your cup of tea, then you want clean, simple surfaces. While the classic freestanding fixtures could be better supported by a more vintage taste regarding faucets, surface design and the like. If you’re remodeling the bathroom, then one change you might want to make is making the toilet private or hidden on opening the door. It doesn’t quite scream ‘comfortable, relaxing space’ to most people.
Regardless of how it looks, you want bathrooms to feel great, most of all. To make it a real den of tranquility, you need to think about all the senses. A little stash of aromatherapy goods like candles and incense can make using the bathroom all the more enjoyable. Meanwhile, the right rugs and hand-towel placement create a sensory warmth that can keep a bathroom from feeling a little too cold and clean-cut. If you have a bit more space in your bathroom, you might even consider putting a plush (but small) chair near your vanity so you can really enjoy spending your time in there.
Master the elements above and you’ll have all the ingredients for bathrooms that are just the kind of retreat you need after a long day. Ignore them and you’re missing the opportunity to add real value to the home, both for you and for the market.
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