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Toilets, Tubs, and Towel Rails: 10 Tips for Designing Your New Bathroom

Toilets, Tubs, and Towel Rails: 10 Tips for Designing Your New Bathroom

Is your bathroom in need of an upgrade? Maybe you're still living in the 90s, hoping that neon green paint colour will come back in style.

While designing a new bathroom is a lot of work, it is a rewarding experience that allows you to create the space of your dreams. Even if you think you've got it all under control, there are 10 tips you need to know prior to diving in. 

1. Create the Layout You Want

First things first, you need to evaluate the layout you're currently working with. While it's true that there are many things that can be solved with new appliances and fixtures, sometimes what you're looking for is a layout update.

A layout update can be something as simple as a sink or toilet mounted to the wall. This will open up your space and help create the illusion that you have a lot of free room, even if your bathroom layout is a little small.

If you're looking for a more significant layout change, consider reaching out to a designer who can walk you through the process. They will be able to take measurements of your space and make suggestions of how to move forward with enhancing your new bathroom.

2. Storage

Let's be honest, it's easy to collect countless items you use in your everyday bathroom routine. But with all this stuff, where will you store it?

Consider who all will be using this space. Even if it's only one or two, you can accumulate a lot of stuff. One great alternative if you're working with a smaller bathroom is to add shelving.

One way to do this is to build it into the shower to store shampoos, body washes, and other bottles. You can also add floating shelving around the vanity of above the toilet that will hold makeup, extra toilet paper, or odds and ends.

Another great investment includes containers that will withstand the wear and tear of the water and warmth it will encounter in the bathroom. These can hold numerous items that can then be neatly placed on one of your newly installed shelves.

3. Lighting

Even if you find that you aren't able to completely revamp the bathroom space you have, a change in lighting can make a world of difference. A quick change from dull lighting to a solution that brightens your whole space will make it feel like a totally different bathroom.

There are a variety of options that allow you to be creative with the lighting that you choose. From vanities with backlights to hanging lights, this small change can significantly open up your space.

4. Paint/Coloring

Redesigning your bathroom without tearing the whole thing apart is the ability to create the illusion of space. You can do this by changing up the paint and utilizing colours that open up the room and create an inviting atmosphere.

Bathrooms that use light and airy colours immediately make a small room feel more spacious. This applies to your bathroom as well. Try to find and maintain a simple paint palette. This will give you the option to pull in accent colours through your storage bins, towels, or even shower curtain for that pop of colour.

Avoid dark colours as these make a space feel small and closed off. You want your bathroom to be inviting. The paint colours you choose hold this power!

5. Stay on Budget

Develop a budget up front and stick to it! Bathroom redesign can get very expensive if you don't set parameters at the beginning.

If you find fixtures that you love, but can't afford. Try searching for them online to find a more affordable option. Most importantly, build room in your budget for unexpected expenses should they pop up. It's never fun to encounter something unavoidable that send the remodel into a tailspin.

6. Keep it in Perspective

An overall bathroom haul sounds appealing, especially if you haven't revamped your space in a long time. But after you've developed your budget, be sure to search for pieces that are stylish and fit your vision, but also meet your needs.

While it sounds great to have a large shower with glass walls, is it practical for the needs of you and other individuals who will be using your space? You also might be leaning towards real marble, but it doesn't fit in your budget. There are plenty of great alternatives that give you the same look and style all while being affordable.

7. Find Brands You Love

Often you'll find a fixture within a brand that you fall in love with. Odds are, this brand will have other pieces that you'll love as well. Sticking with one brand also creates a cohesive design experience.

Three brands that are highly recommended and come with a variety of streamlined products include Duravit, Heritage, and Matki. Duravit, in particular, has created a line that is both innovative and of high quality. This brand is built with durability in mind and is meant to last for a long period of time.

8. Focus on the Floors

An important piece that might get overlooked is the material you use for your flooring. Consider the amount of wear and tear your bathroom floors sees. From the shoes you wear to work to the hairspray you use every morning all the way to the moisture from the shower, it experiences a lot.

Consider investing in flooring that will be protected from the liquids it will encounter. This will leave them in quality condition for the years to come. Some great options include tiles made of ceramic or porcelain as opposed to laminate flooring.

9. Ventilation

This very important piece will help maintain the quality and durability of your bathroom for years to come. With a hot shower in a small space, humidity is inevitable, but if you aren't prepared, you could be fighting mould in your bathroom that costs a pretty penny.

A fan is an investment worth making in order to keep your bathroom in the best shape. It helps to dispel the extra humidity and moisture in the air in order to protect the space.

10. Consider Your Needs

Bathroom trends are always changing and many of the fixtures that were used in older houses don't' fit the design of newer builds. Your bathroom may not need a full remodel, but might be in need of an update.

Older bathroom vanities were built much shorter than the ones designed today. Find one that meets your needs when considering height and storage. There are also fun and easy ways to add extra storage or lighting to a bathroom to give it a facelift, especially if a total remodel isn't in the budget.

New Bathroom, New You

It's amazing what a bathroom update can do for your home. Consider these 10 tips when designing a new bathroom and you're sure to make a space that is warm and tranquil.

Want to learn more about the best bathroom trends to look for in 2019 before you commit to an entire bathroom remodel? Click here to read up on the latest and greatest in bathroom design.


2019 Bathroom Trends for Fresh and Funky Spaces

2019 Bathroom Trends for Fresh and Funky Spaces

2019 bathroom trends make the most of all of the funky fashions that have come before while working in many fresh styles as well. Check it out!


Like technology, interior design trends come and go. What's hot one minute could be rendered obsolete the next.

Trying to keep pace with all the nuances can seem overwhelming at times, but it's always helpful to know what's in and what's definitely out. This way, when it comes time to undergo a remodel or begin a new project, you have a clear starting point.

Looking to refresh your powder room? You've come to the right place. Today, we're sharing 2019 bathroom trends sure to turn heads. You can incorporate all of these in your new space, or make a major impact by going all in on just a few.

Ready to discover more? Let's get into it!

1. Artsy Wallpaper 

Especially if your bathroom is on the smaller side, consider turning one wall into a statement wall with bold wallpaper. From sweet floral motifs to dramatic impressionist designs, you'll have plenty of options so don't be afraid to get creative.

The space behind your mirror and vanity is the ideal place to start. This way, the wall-hung accessories can complement the wallpaper and add visual appeal. This trend also works well in more compartmented guest baths, as well.

Heritage Wallpaper

2. Dark Tones

The rise of modern farmhouse decor has inspired homeowners everywhere to embrace a clean palette that centres on whites and light neutrals. While this clean colour scheme is great in a kitchen, it can seem a bit drab in a bathroom.

This explains why one of the more popular bath trends this year has been to embrace darker-toned paints. From deep plum and burgundy to dark grey and ebony, there is a wide range of shades that are both eye-catching and surprisingly warm. 

Though it seems counterintuitive, darker paint can make a smaller bathroom look bigger than it really is. Bring a few swatches home and find one that fits your aesthetic.

3. Industrial Elements

Gone are the days when plumbers would try to hide pipes and fittings behind the shower wall. Now, this kind of hardware is taking centre stage, giving a more industrial look to otherwise-traditional bathrooms.

This design works well in homes that already have small industrial touches throughout. To keep the look from becoming cluttered, pair it with neutral touches, such as white marble. 

4. Bold Wall Art

There may always be a place for a series of small, beach-themed prints near your vanity. Yet, 2019 ushers in a new era of bathroom wall art.

Now, the look is defined by oversized, framed pieces that anchor the entire room and become centrepieces themselves. While nature scenes and abstract pieces work well with almost any decor, make sure yours flows seamlessly with the rest of the nearby spaces. 

5. Embracing the Spa

In years past, the bathroom was seen as an area of the home that served a distinct function but didn't necessarily need to be seen as an oasis. Now, that notion is turned on its head.

From heated towel holders to tiled walls and rainfall showerheads, there are myriad small ways to turn your space into a spa-like experience. Modern homeowners are taking steps to transform this room from serving a purely utilitarian purpose to becoming a place they want to retreat to at the end of the day. 

6. Modern Concrete Finishes

Durability is one feature you'll need in your bathroom. You need a material that can withstand the daily wear and tear you throw at it. Thus, it comes as no surprise that concrete is emerging as a power player in this regard. 

From sinks and countertops to floors and even walls, there isn't a surface that can't be made tougher and more beautiful by poured concrete. Pair it with warmer wooden and porcelain accents to keep it from becoming too cold.

7. An Open-Concept Layout

For years now, designers have taken steps to open up living room and kitchen layouts to create one general, shared lounging and dining area. Now, they're applying this same open-concept design in the bathroom, too.

While older designs segment the shower, tub and commode areas into their own compartments, expect to see newer construction that melds these together into a general common area. 

Glass walls can still be used for privacy, but you'll give your bathroom an airier feel when you incorporate this trend. 

8. Wooden Vanities

One of the top bath trends of 2019 is turning a piece of furniture into a basin or vanity. As such, wooden touches are prominently displayed.

Whether it's a chippy heirloom dresser that you upfit to meet your needs or shiny, new custom cabinetry, we'll see more natural elements such as this moving forward. 

9. Intelligent Toilets

It might sound like something out of the Jetsons, but smart toilets exist and they are changing the game. Today's models enable hands-free lid opening and closing, along with self-heating and self-cleaning functions that every homeowner dreams of.

If your budget allows, consider springing for one of these high-tech additions to your new bathroom. Or simply upgrade your existing toilet for a sleek, modern alternative that looks great in any space. 

10. Vessel Sinks as Statements

Drop-in sinks may allow more counter space, but they fail to pack the visual punch that vessel sinks do. Sitting on top of the counter rather than inside it, these can be customized in a variety of styles. 

They're a great way to add interest to a small area and serve as ideal statement pieces.

Which of the 2019 Bathroom Trends Will You Use?

Now that you know a little more about the 2019 bathroom trends dominating the design sphere, are you ready to get to work?

As you consider what's popular, don't forget to give credit to your personal style. Then, when it comes time to perform the project, you can make sure the trends you incorporate reflect your personality and preferences. 

Need help picking out the perfect pieces for your project? We'd love to help. We offer an extensive inventory of top-of-the-line bathroom and kitchen hardware sure to meet your needs.

Feel free to browse our offerings and let us know if a piece catches your eye. Your dream bathroom does exist, and we'll make it a reality. 


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