Types of Bathrooms
Whether you're planning to install a brand-new bathroom or update an existing one, you'll first want to be versed in the different types of bathrooms. In general, you'll have three types to choose from—master, guest and half—but the choices for how you configure and design these are just about infinite.
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.
The master bathroom in a home is generally connected to a master bedroom suite. Master bathrooms are often located within or directly adjacent to the master bedroom, and they often mirror—either subtly or directly—the style of the master bedroom. There's no requirement to match styles when it comes to a master bathroom and master bedroom, but a radical departure (especially if the master bathroom is housed within the master bedroom) can be a bit jarring. Other design considerations for master bathrooms include combining efficiency with beauty and comfort. Master bathrooms are often elegantly designed, but they must also accommodate the occupants of the master bedroom and all their accessories, so layout should be planned accordingly.
Guest bathrooms can be located directly in or adjacent to a guest suite in the home, or they may be "free standing" and located in a hallway. In the case of a free-standing guest bathroom, style is often an opportunity to experiment with creative and eclectic approaches and add a bit of personality. However, since guest bathrooms are often used by multiple family members as well as guests, efficient use of space is often a paramount concern.
Half bathrooms are also often fertile spaces for creative use of colors and textures. However, because of their smaller stature, you may also want to keep efficiency top of mind when considering storage options, fixtures—as well as furniture such as cabinets and sinks.
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