Master Bathroom Design Primer

A master bedroom wouldn't be complete without a master bath. Space, time constraints, accessibility, comfort and eye appeal are all things that should go into planning a master bathroom design. Of these, however, space is the most important.

Spacious Bathrooms

When it comes to bathrooms, many people wish they had a bigger one. Bathrooms today are definitely more spacious, allowing for special extras like a large hot tub or a separate dressing area.

If you're lucky enough to be remodeling an old bathroom to make it larger, or if you have access to vintage fixtures and tiles, now is the time to use them. Vintage bathroom accessories are popping up in new homes all over the globe. Antique pink sinks and vintage cobalt-blue bathtubs as well as lime-green ceramic tiles can be incorporated into the more modern décor of newer homes nicely. Simply add a touch of vintage here and there by incorporating the tiles as accent pieces or conversation pieces, rather than tiling the entire bathroom with them.

Vintage tiles can be used to make an inlaid rug pattern in the floor, or to mosaic a short bench or plant stand. Antique mirrors or faucets can also add a nostalgic touch to an otherwise sterile bathroom.

Time Constraints and Accessibility

We are a working society. Therefore, it's imperative that the master bath be spacious enough to accommodate two people at the same time. When both you and your spouse have to be at work at the same time, dual shower heads-located at opposite ends of the shower-and extra-wide showers are a must. His and her sinks and walk-in dressing areas are also perfect for working couples. Even if you are single, think resale value.

The best approach is to prepare a master bathroom design that includes separate bathrooms. If the space is available, it makes complete sense. Having your own bathroom means having things your own way. No more sharing towels, space or soap.

Comfort and Eye Appeal

Of course, comfort is top on everyone's list when it comes to our homes. Bathrooms should be appealing to all of the senses. It's both visually appealing and comforting to walk into a well-equipped, uncluttered bathroom. Visually, the softer, rounder corners of the sink and bathtub that curve smoothly from one place to the next are soothing, but when it comes to real comfort, you need to test before you buy.

When designing your bathroom, keep color in mind. It's best to keep your color scheme to two or three colors. Four shades and the room will start to look crowded. Also, since the master bedroom is the focal point in a master bedroom suite, keep the bedroom color scheme flowing throughout the bathroom.

Remember to use colors that complement one another, perhaps a cooler shade in the bedroom than in the bathroom, or a coordinating color with wallpaper accents.

Keep Things Simple

A bathroom should never be complicated. Simple lines, essentials and a few accessories are all that are needed in the bathroom.

Bare necessities:

  • Toilet
  • Bathtub
  • Separate shower, if possible
  • His and her sinks
  • Medicine cabinet and mirror above sinks
  • Linen closet
  • Wastebasket

Simplicity is the key to decorating a bathroom. Anything more than that and you'll have sabotaged your own project.

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