A bathroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in your house, if not the most important room. Your ancestors who lived without indoor plumbing would likely agree. It can also be a challenging space to design, particularly if you only have one in your house or have a small space to work with (see also: Top 3 Tips for Maximising Space in a Small Bathroom).
Unlike your kitchen, there are numerous affordable things you can do to make space appear bigger and more luxurious. Here are five of the best bathroom design tips for 2018.
Like a greenhouse, your bathroom is a place with warm, moist air that helps green plants thrive. Consider incorporating greenery– either hanging, potted or in the form of a living wall installation– that doesn’t require much sunlight to thrive. Green plants are great for purifying the air and creating a natural, peaceful ambiance that you’ll love. As the plants will constantly be exposed to moisture, you won’t have to concern yourself too much with maintenance. You can also work the pot designs into your overall decor scheme for an affordable design hack that looks expensive.
Use Real Curtains
If you have a shower/tub combination that requires a barrier, skip the traditional shower curtain and go for something a little more luxurious. Use two tension rods: one for a vinyl liner and one to hang your curtains. Choose curtains that add length to the room and hang your tension rod higher to accommodate them. The effect is similar to when you hang your curtains above your windows– it makes space look larger. Using window dressings also provides more options from a decor perspective.
To really dress up your shower/tub combo, invest in high-quality hooks or rings from which to hang your curtains. Having them match the finish on your bathroom fixtures is a subtle touch that adds cohesion to your decor.
Add Some Art
While adding family portraits in the bathroom might feel a little strange, incorporating scenery or art prints adds a nice touch to your bathroom vibes. Many people feel compelled to incorporate water-related art into their bathroom given the functionality of the room. Others include various mirrors to help reflect light in this typically small and windowless area. Ultimately, you can add whichever style of art or photography you wish.
When selecting your artistic elements, be mindful of the atmosphere. If your bathroom gets steamy, it could cause damage to certain materials. Ensure photos are in a well-sealed frame or use materials that aren’t as sensitive to moisture.
Technology and Gadgets
If we use technology in all other aspects of our lives, why not use it in the bathroom as well? Advances in smart home technology and artificial intelligence have made it into the bathroom via devices to make your experience more customizable and luxurious.
Using smart home devices, you can change the lighting to reflect your mood or set your water temperature exactly where you want it. Waterproof speakers can sync to your phone for a musical escape while you bathe. There is even an adhesive film you can put on the windows that will frost the glass on demand.
When designing your dream home, you may not give a lot of thought to which toilet you should have. However, there are some innovative options to consider when building a modern bathroom. For example, the TOTO toilet opens and closes by itself, self-cleans, has automatic flushing features, heated seating, and a remote control. If that’s a little too space-age for your liking, consider getting a toilet with a hands-free flushing sensor. Simply wave your hand over the sensor and avoid touching a germ-ridden handle.