It’s a balancing act. Getting the perfect harmony between prestige and practicality can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. In fact, it’s quite possible to have a bathroom that’s as functional as it is beautiful…
Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom as your own private sanctuary or wanting a room that’ll leave your guest’s and friends swooning, it’s not hard to achieve. There are thousands of ideas floating around out there – marble, wood, porcelain, granite, glass, rattan… the list goes on and on. But if there’s one thing that’s going to leave a bad taste in every mouth, it’s a glamorous bathroom that isn’t user-friendly. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting out of a refreshing shower just to find that your towel and underclothes are saturated because the poor screen design doesn’t keep the water where it aught to be….
1. Bigger isn’t always Better
For years, we’ve drooled over magazine pictures of bathrooms that are huge expanses of marble, long lines ornate cabinetry and over-sized double spas. However, for many of us, this isn’t even a remote possibility. What’s more, we’re realizing that the bathroom can be modestly sized, and still just as gorgeous. It’s all about making the most of every square inch of space. Smaller, freestanding baths are becoming popular, as are floating vanities, open shelving instead of cupboards, and high gloss tiles and large mirrors to reflect the light and make the space feel bigger and more open.
2. Attention to detail
Sometimes those little details can take the daily routine of bathing up several notches. The addition of underfloor heating and/or a heated towel rail take the chill off stepping out of a warm, steamy shower and onto the cold, tiled floor. Modern luxury bathrooms are also including features such as warming drawers for bathroom linen, small under-vanity refrigerators for medicines and facial remedies, wall mounted entertainment screens and a space for a plush dressing chair or couch.
3. Light it up
Lighting is one element that tends to be badly overlooked, but it’s oh-so-important to creating a practical, stunning and relaxing bathroom. Clever and strategic use of lighting can totally transform your bathroom and enhance your experience greatly. The use of creative fixtures, dimmer switches, and small pendant lights can add a subtle touch of luxury, while glamorous centerpieces such as chandeliers can be used as a dramatic and beautiful design feature. For a user-friendly experience, ensure that the vanity and shower areas are both well lit – this will not only make it the cleansing and make-up routine easier, but it’ll assist with cleaning too.
If you want your bathroom to remain stunning for years to come, it must be easy to clean. For example, don’t be tempted to use porous tiles in shower recesses or on floors – they will collect water, dirt, and dust and very quickly look shabby and grotty. Consider tiling to the ceiling – this makes cleaning a breeze. And the modern rimless toilet is a more hygienic alternative to the traditional design.
For more advice and tips on creating a beautiful yet practical bathroom, chat with the team at Wonderful Kitchens. With years of experience, we know what it takes to create a bathroom that’s gorgeous yet functional. Contact us today on 02 9772 2988.