Home Improvements Chapter 9: Bathrooms

Home Improvements Chapter 9: Bathrooms

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Well hello there! Finally, I decided that it’s time to continue my home improvements thread. This time it’s about beautiful bathrooms – the kind of bathroom that looks good enough to live in! Bathrooms like that, whose size is of no real importance, have all something in common; their design is based on a seamless continuity with the rest of the house. So, time to fuel up our inspiration with an assortment of different bathroom styles. After all, spring and fall are the best two seasons for carrying out home improvement projects, so this might be just the thing you need right now.

Dark poetry prevails in this beautiful bathroom with black details (faucet, sink, mirror frame). The brass accessories compliment the dark setting in the most elegant way. Image by Argos.

Image by Argos via Brass accents against a black sink. Just beautiful.

A bohemian styled bathroom with a free standing tub, a cactus planter, vibrant color pattern textiles and a blue chair is a real charmer. Image by Georgehome at ASDA.

Image by Georgehome at ASDA via A quality of freshness brought by the pattern soft textiles that surround this old tub.

How gorgeous is a long rectangular marble basin with a wooden shelf for storage under it. The details of this urban chic bathroom with the pineapple accessories even on the blue face towel or the bathroom mat really add a funky upbeat to it all. Image by George Home at ASDA.

Image by Georgehome at ASDA via

This stunning minimal contemporary bathroom really captures your attention because of the charcoal blinds. Image by English Blinds.

Image by English Blinds via The statement color of charcoal on the blinds turns this minimal bathroom into a stunner.

We all love a well designed bathroom in our homes. So what makes a good bathroom? Is it the tiles? The accents? The wallpapers? Its super expensive: ‘this is why I’m broke’ tub? Or its trendy bronze/copper/midnight black accent faucets? Actually none of the above, AND yet, all of the above at the same time. Huh?? I know I probably just lost you, but bear with me for a minute. A good bathroom has to be first of all user friendly based on its given size! Therefore, good planning ahead for the right layout is a must. If we then combine that attribute to its complimentary finishes (i.e. flooring, wall coverings, sanitary ware, lighting, accents) and decor, then we can have a super awesome bathroom.

It helps to know if you are a “tub” or a “shower” person. We used to have a tub, till we decided that a walk-in shower would work best for us. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. Both can look equally good in a bathroom. It mostly depends on what suits you best. The next big thing to consider is the wash basin. Choosing one ahead of time will definitely help in finalizing all the detail planning that is required for a proper plumbing installation. Just like the tub, the wash basin is a style setter. And it’s fun choosing the right one with so many possibilities in plain view at a showroom. Coordination with the tiling or wall covering, the flooring including the grout color is of importance. So, plan ahead (I don’t think I can emphasize this enough).

A free standing large tub situated on white pebbles in a specially located area. There is also tiled flooring around the tub's floor pit with a plant in the background. A wooden towel hanger is located to the left nearby.

Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

A contemporary bedroom interior with a free standing tub in the background but in the same space as the master bed.

Image by John Cameron on Unsplash.

Design is in the details and there are no rules to the “design risks” you should take. Be bold. Be creative. Who says that ceilings must always be white? Create focal points and accents if that’s your thing. Don’t underestimate the power of black accents. Mix different tiles and materials and create highlights. Pick the grouting color with overall coordination in mind. Nothing wrong with a brass grout. Consider adding organic elements for juxtaposition. Shelves and cabinets can accommodate your storage needs (try to incorporate enough of them in your design). Invest in a beautiful mirror. Round ones are definitely trending now, but you can’t go wrong with a statement vintage one either!

A pink and white bathroom is always a head stunner with white marble flooring, white subway tile, pink walls and a statement white pendant light. A round mirror over the porcelain white basin is a must. Image by nest.co.uk.

Image by nest.co.uk via The pendant light in combination with the round vanity mirror as stunners.

A word of advice as a professional: avoid any bathroom remodeling until all the details have been sorted. That means, select your sanitary ware, tiling, flooring, lighting and accessories while you’re still in the design process. Almost any bathroom remodeling can be completed within three to seven days provided that your design plan is in order. Now remember, that plumbing installations have a usual lifetime span of 20+ years (for galvanized steel) and 40+years (for brass and copper) piping. If you’re considering remodeling, then be sure that the key plumbing components are still in good order. Always check for possible leaks. Consider replacing any plumbing if its age is anywhere near the end of its expected lifetime. And one more thing before I forget: a typical “overlook” that I notice in bathrooms is insufficient lighting. I do not recommend a single light source. It creates an awful lot of shadows and a shady bathroom is never a great one. Similarly, two sconces on either side of the mirror is not always sufficient lighting. Hence, the best approach is “the more, the merrier.” Tray ceilings with ambient lighting create a beautiful ambiance. The bathroom lighting is just as important as in the rest of the house.

The good news are that great bathrooms don’t have to break the bank. Righteously they have become a vital part of our homes and that means we do need to take the time to plan and design them properly. Their size can range from tiny to huge, but their “user friendliness” and overall design is what makes them stand out. If you have stayed with me this far, then go an extra yard and tell me what is your dream bathroom like. Would you go for a uniform, clean, crisp, white on white design? Or perhaps, add brass/copper accents for a more rustic or chic glamorous style? Better yet, have your copper piping out for open viewing for an industrial style. So many choices! So many possibilities! Remember, I’m always available to answer any “technical” questions you might have; just drop me a line.

xo, xo



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