What does your dream bathroom look and feel like? Is it a rustic stone-filled space or a high on luxe marble-clad room with all the latest technology? The design language depends on your taste, but all good bathrooms have one thing in common — the perfect balance of style and functionality.
Chicago’s Chi Renovation & Design shares how to achieve this balance in their top ten tips for remodeling bathrooms. Read on for inspiration:
1. A CALMING SPACE
Turn your bathroom into a place where you can retreat and relax by using color to create a serene mood. Shades like Behr’s Jungle Camouflage (N350-4) or Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue (HC-144) are soothing hues, and they’re easy on the eyes as well.
2. THE GROUND YOU STEP ON
Functionality, durability, stain, water, and moisture-resistant: these are the essential criteria to consider when you choose bathroom flooring. Porcelain tiles are a sturdy and cost-effective choice, or you can go with marble for a luxe look.
3. SET THE MOOD
Make sure your bathroom has a wide range of lighting options to fit any need or mood. LED strips lined along your shower look beautiful and create just enough light for a relaxing shower. Scented candles are also a great option — they shed just enough light and make the air fragrant. Sconces add a nice touch of drama without overpowering the space.
4. INDEPENDENT SHOWER
Get an independent, walk-in shower that’s glass-enclosed (for an open feel) so that you have an easy shower experience without stepping into a tub.
5. SOAK IT UP
Living in Chicago there is no shortage of water, so consider getting a big tub to soak in and unwind. Soaking on a winter’s evening is a divine delight!
6. MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL
Like the flooring, functionality is an important criterion for choosing the mirror in your bathroom. A frameless, bevel-edged, moisture-resistant mirror is your best option.
7. STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Open shelves work well in small bathrooms where you only need space to stack toiletries or towels. If you have a large bath with enough space for a vanity, you can have cabinets and drawers installed.
8. AN ARTISTIC TOUCH
A beautiful landscape or a quirky abstract looks great in a bathroom but make sure the artwork is humidity resistant. You can even choose to hang photography in your bathroom. Fine Art America has a great collection of bathroom photographs.
9. INDOOR GREENS
A vase of fresh flowers on your vanity or a few indoor plants are a great way to bring some nature into your bathroom.
10. FINISHING TOUCHES
Bathroom accessories like laundry baskets, shower curtains, shower mats, etc., can all enhance the overall look of your space. Choose accessories that are consistent with the rest of your design.
I hope these tips have given you inspiration for your next bathroom remodel. You’d be surprised at how amazing bathrooms can be when carefully crafted by a pro bathroom designer. And, it is more efficient and reliable to hire pros to do the design and build- ensuring it gets done right the first time. ♥