BATHROOMS TO INSPIRE YOU
WHAT MAKES A BATHROOM SPECIAL?
Do you sometimes enter the bathroom and think "Ok, there is nothing very inviting about this room and how can I make it more appealing". Of course, it all depends sometimes upon who will be using the space as to how much money and effort you want to put into it. If guests are anticipated to mainly be using this particular bathroom....then it's worth paying attention to and doing something about it. On the other hand if it is an ensuite bathroom to the Master Bedroom...you still want to give attention to detail, but perhaps a little more on the "romantic" side and maybe not quite as elaborate. Children's bathrooms can be made "fun" and special also... the age group will determine the overall completed effect. I'll deal with each separately:
ENSUITE BATHROOM SPACES
Master Bedroom Ensuite:
Definitely an area that could use a little more romantic flair. In addition to the use of plants - preferably realistic imitation so you don't have to worry about them; the addition of candles, a fireplace if space and restrictions allow, piped in music and the wonderful mood inspiring controlled lighting, think of this space as your own private spa retreat to get away from the hustle of everyday life to relax and enjoy and have some time to yourself.
Heated floors in this area and for that matter in any other bathroom (not required as much in a powder room) are a definite bonus. There is nothing more exhilarating than stepping out onto a heated floor. Besides, it cuts down on the heating cost believe it or not. The initial outlay might be more expensive on the budget, but the warmth and lower overall main heating cost will pay off. A normal sized bathroom uses about as much electricity as a light bulb.
GUEST BATHROOMS AND POWDER ROOMS
Since this bathroom is going to be used by people you likely want to impress with your decorating flair, a little more attention to detail should be used.
Don't just think of the walls being the area you should deal with either. Look at the total space of the room: Ceiling, walls, trim, doors and all furniture and fixtures. If this is a renovation, your best choice for fixtures will be white or off white (linen) as this will go with any color combination and won't date your bathroom, even 30 years or so from now. Color can be added elsewhere. Color chosen should reflect the color palette used in the rest of the house, but definitely can be painted or papered the accent color used in your color scheme.
The trend today is to keep the bathroom "clean" but beautiful. Powder rooms can have a little more flair and be a little more whimsical or daring. Let your imagination guide you but remember classic design lasts longer and you won't tire of it as quickly. By the way, the "old" adage of having to paint the bathroom with scrub-able highly reflective paint is really "not so". Latex paint with a flat or low sheen is a much better choice not only because it hides imperfections on the wall better, but because it definitely give you a better look and feeling. Just make sure you use a paint that is "scrub-able". There are many on the market. Consider also using mosaic tiles, such as glass, stone or combination on the wall behind the vanity, as an accent wall or as a feature strip; as a wonderful eye catcher and change. The vanity decorative mirror and wall fixtures can easily be installed over this surface.
Lighting plays an important part in the overall effect and mood of the room so you'll want to pay particular attention to this detail and location of lighting fixtures and type.
Bath Photo's to inspire:
CHILDREN'S BATHROOMS ARE SPECIAL
If you have a children's ensuite, why not make it a special place that can be whimsical and full of thought evoking imagination. Not only will the child think of it as his or her "special" space but will enjoy taking a bath and keeping it clean a lot more than just plain 4 walls. This doesn't mean you have to blow the budget on fixing it up, but with a little creative flair utilize some very simply affordable accessories.
Think of going to a yard sale and getting an old chest to paint and to put bath toys or extra towels in...a straight ladder to put towels on and painting it a bright color...or a unused toy riding car to fill with towels. There are so many options and possibilities. Of course all of these depend of a "theme" for this bathroom. If it's an older girl or teenager for instance, a wonderful Lady Gaga or musical theme incorporating a wall mural would add a wonderful personal touch. Special light fixtures can also enhance the decor. A word of caution though: Depending upon the age group, you'll want it to last a few years.