Bathroom Layout Planner
Setting style aside for a moment, your bathroom redesign or install will definitely benefit from the use of a bathroom layout planner. This is one space in the home where you definitely don't want to wing it—space is at a premium for most bathrooms, and proper planning should allow you to create a space that's efficient, but also allows for some useful and attractive extras.
Merge Elegance and Function
Style With Simplicity
Create a uniform and visually pleasing environment by continuing the tile from the floor to the tub. Use a blend of warm taupe and gray hues to evoke a spa-like feel. In this bathroom by Gary Lee Partners, simple cabinets in a dark finish balance the neutral-colored countertop. Large mirrors are used to reflect the light that enters this room. Photo courtesy of Tony Soluri
Apply Your Personal Touches
Before selecting a soaking tub to go with an oversized shower keep in mind the features that enhance the experience for you. Choose from therapeutic lights, rain showerheads or jets that control angles and pressure. In this design by Pepe Calderin Design the homeowners selected an overflow tub feature. Design your bathroom around your needs. Photo courtesy of Barry Grossman
Proportion and scale are essential to the success of this design. The oversized window, mirror, countertop and sink complement the proportion of the large stone slabs and tiles. Pepe Calderin Design created a well-balanced design by integrating an embellished stone with accents of a neutral-colored stone. Photo courtesy of Barry Grossman
Bathe in the Tropics
Make a Statement
A soaking tub centered in front of a beautiful view makes a strong statement. High ceilings and a large, open space complement the highly decorative design. In this bathroom by SFA Design the neutral color palette of the materials features strong, bold accents.
Focus on the Bare Essentials
Center a shower using glass as a partition for visual symmetry. For a floor plan this large, Garret Cord Werner used a monochromatic scheme, large-scale floor tiles and under-sink storage to enhance the space.
Create an Intimate Space
Adding a feature wall to a large space gives intimacy to a bath. This design by Christopher J. Grubb uses a dark-stained wood to contrast a neutral color palette. Create a seamless transition by using radiant-heated flooring from a pebble stone floor to a tile floor area. This design combined natural materials to create an oasis.
Think Green Design
In this bathroom the designer, Tina Muller from Drury Design, used smooth cabinets to dress up the under-sink storage. You can refine dark tiles by selecting sleek lighting fixtures that are energy efficient. Consider touch-activated faucets, low-flow toilets and light sensors for an eco-friendly solution.
Refine Your Bath Experience
This design by Linda Maglia uses a custom-designed mosaic tile pattern for the flooring and a repeat molding pattern to connect areas in this large space. Scale down high ceilings by using two color tones in similar hues — this creates a more personal and comfortable space.
Before you begin thinking about a floor plan for your bathroom, you'll have two primary questions to answer: Who will use the bathroom, and how will they use the space?
If your plan is to use existing plumbing hookups, a large portion of your planning may be done already. But if moving plumbing (while staying up to code) is in the cards, you could be starting with a blank slate.
Speaking of code, be sure to investigate the International Residential Code (IRC) as it applies to bathrooms, in order to make sure you're complying with regulations as well as taking into account their helpful design recommendations.
One smart investment you can make, particularly if you're planning to stay in the home for a long time, is to implement universal design. This approach incorporates "user friendly" aspects such as wider doorways, taller toilets and curbless showers.
Lastly, lighting is an extremely important aspect of any bathroom design. There are four types of lighting to pay attention to: task, ambient, accent and decorative. The correct combination of these styles will ensure that you're planning a bright and functional bathroom space.
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