Last week, I blogged about injecting love into your kitchen remodel. This week, we’ll look at doing the same for your bathrooms. The inspirations and criteria for different spaces are likely to vary, so I’ll break my points into master bath, powder room and secondary baths.
My client loves her new bath!
(Photo Courtesy: Jamie Gold Kitchen and Bath Design, LLC)
Let’s start with the most valuable of the three first. After kitchens, your master bath is the second room that can make or break a home sale. You want it to nurture your comfort and well-being. And you want it to serve you safely, while embracing you with welcoming style.
After all, this is likely the second room you’ll see every morning and night. As one of my clients shared, you don’t want to start and end every day detesting your space.
This is a room in which you can get tastefully personal.
- You can showcase artwork you wouldn’t display in a public area.
- You can display personal collectibles, like decorative perfume bottles.
- You can choose colors and textures that evoke your favorite vacation memories.
Master baths should be privately welcoming
(Photo Courtesy: Ceramics of Italy)
These public bathrooms at home have frequently become showcases for designer whimsy and drama. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as they still reflect the style of the home and its owners.
I’m not a fan of powder rooms that bear no style connection to their adjacent entertaining spaces. I don’t like guests feeling that they stepped away from a gathering for a private need and ended up in a different house.
That being said, here are some ways of injecting love into your powder room:
- Choose your favorite high drama color that also coordinates with the adjacent rooms.
- Carry the design theme from adjacent rooms into the powder room, but with high impact wall art.
- Choose a favorite theme for decorative hooks to hold guests’ handbags or sweaters.
- Incorporate an area rug that tastefully speaks to your heritage, interests or memories.
- No matter how tempted you may be, please avoid themed toilet seats!
Relate your powder room drama to adjacent spaces
(Photo Courtesy: Kohler)
Secondary baths might serve children’s bedrooms, guest rooms, home office or a combination of those, and should be tailored to user tastes, as well as the home’s overall style. If a bathroom is just for kids, it can incorporate decorative elements they’ll love to see. If it’s likely that the children will continue to use the bathroom as teenagers, decorative elements should be limited to those it’s easy to change, like princess or fire engine paint and accessories, rather than fixtures.
If adults will regularly use the secondary bath, whether a homeowner, resident relative or frequent guests, a strictly juvenile theme will lack consideration. Design in elements that will enhance feelings of relaxation and wellness for adults, as well as kids.
Here are some ways of injecting love into secondary baths:
- For children’s bathrooms, paint the walls their favorite color.
- For children’s bathrooms, show your love for their imaginations with themed accessories, (hooks, paper holders, countertop storage), as well as fabrics, (shower curtain, towels, waterproof window coverings).
- For teen bathrooms, repaint in their new favorite color, (yes, it’s going to change!).
- For teen bathrooms, incorporate affordable artwork like team banners or framed pop culture posters that reflect their interests.
- For adult and shared secondary baths, incorporate elements you (or they) love – possibly their own vacation photos or collectibles, if resident, or yours, if visitors – that will make all feel welcome.
Wall shelves, paint and benches let you change elements easily
(Photo Courtesy: Behr)
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