Three Questions to Consider When Decorating Your Bathroom
No matter the size of your bathroom, you can customize it, whether by adding fixtures and tiling (see related blog posts about the best tile to use) or by working with a contractor or other industry expert to make sure you are getting the most and best use out of your bathroom.
Who is Using the Bathroom?
Depending on who is going to use the bathroom, you may want to customize the bathroom so it works best for children and young adults, or, if elderly adults will be using the bathroom, remember that elderly adults are more likely to slip and fall in the bathroom than in any other room in the home. And with slip-and-fall accidents being the second-leading death in America and the first cause of death in the home, you should keep in mind ways to safety-proof your bathroom when undertaking any bathroom remodeling project.
For children, remember that children grow up. It’s true. Maybe you don’t think they’ll ever grow up, but they do, and with them, so should their bathroom. Avoid age-specific images or stickers and choose, instead, colors that will age well with your child or children. Also, children make a mess. Toothpaste and water and soap are made for messes, so don’t design the bathroom thinking it’s going to always be clean. You may want to go with porcelain tile, as this type of tile is the easiest to clean. Just wipe down and you’ll be good to go.
What is the Size of the Bathroom?
Have a small bathroom? Go big. The bigger the tile, the fewer grout lines there will be, as large tiles will take up more room in your bathroom than small tiles. The fewer grout lines, the bigger the space looks. Another way to give the illusion of a big bathroom? Whatever color you pick for your tiled should match or be echoed on the color you use on the wall. This type of color matching will open up the space, or at least make it seem that your bathroom is bigger than it really is.
The larger the bathroom, the more likely you are to focus on one area. Don’t go overboard. Really. You don’t have to do something to every square inch of your bathroom in order to get the look you want. Find different areas to highlight, be it an old fashioned vanity or the light fixtures. A little color can go a long way when the space you have in which to work is large.
What Style are You Going For?
If you have a more modern design aesthetic, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that it is now easier than ever to make a big statement in your bathroom without blowing your budget. You can find tiles that look like an assortment of materials – fabric, glass, metal, even leather. Like bright, bold colors? You can find tiles in every color imaginable (and some places will customize tiles for you to be the color you want). From bright pink to ink black, if you want it, you can find it. Also, the fixtures you use in your bathroom should complement not just the overall design in your bathroom but also your entire house. Fixtures can help tie your overall house and its design together.
In a formal bathroom, you not only have to consider daily use but also the fact that this is the bathroom that visitors and guests will typically use. You need to make it functional, but also design it in a way that someone using it for the first time won’t need to ask you for a map to where you keep things. Choose simple colors. And depending on your overall style preference, pair simple fixtures and extras in the bathrooms to make it a room everyone can enjoy.
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