Bathrooms can blend into the background or they can become an aesthetic focal point the home. Choosing the right materials can make a bathroom stand out as a beautiful room. With more homeowners striving to create peaceful and relaxing retreats inside their living spaces, it makes sense to start with the one place in the house where family members can catch a few minutes of privacy.
Universal designs and materials can keep a bathroom attractive to a wide range of users without sacrificing beauty for function. Here are a few aesthetics to consider when planning for a bathroom renovation with a beautiful outcome.
Tile for fashion and function. Bathrooms were made for tile—or perhaps tiles were made for bathrooms. The more tile surfaces you can add to a bathroom the better, for both function and beauty’s sake. By using the proper sealing process underneath, tiles are the perfect way to protect your walls and floor from moisture, while adding beauty to the room at the same time through limitless color, style, and design options.
Porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain and ceramic tiles make excellent surfaces in the bathroom. Their slip-resistant qualities improve safety and their maintenance-free finish is ideal for busy homeowners. These durable tiles are impervious to damages, making them perfect for any surface in the bathroom: floors, shower walls, vanity tops, and backsplashes.
Natural stone. When it comes to beauty in the bathroom, natural stone is one of the easiest ways to create it. Use stone slabs or tiles on any surface in the bathroom. Different types, cuts, finishes, and natural imperfections can be combined to create different designs and textures. The shower pictured above uses various sizes and patterns of the same stone, combined with a unique custom accent band and shelf, to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind space.
Glass tiles. Glass tiles are eye-popping and can be combined to create striking designs. While they’re not ideal for floors and prone to damage on the vanity top, glass tiles are easy to maintain and perfect for backsplashes, accent bands, and beautiful mosaic designs.
Fixtures. In the bathroom, fixtures might refer to anything from lighting sconces and towel racks to the bathroom sink. When it comes to sinks, bathtubs, and toilets, they can be simple or they can become the room’s focal points. And while you may not want to think of your toilet at the centerpiece of your bathroom, this fixture doesn’t have to be ugly and can even contribute toward beauty.
Lighting fixtures, mirrors, and hardware are all subtle choices that can change the direction of a bathroom. Simple designs help create a clean and continuous look, while ornate designs can add texture and interest to a space.
The vanity. The vanity is often the focal point of the bathroom and a vanity’s design, color, countertop, and backsplash provide four aesthetic areas of focus in the bathroom. The vanity area can also help create symmetry, good lighting, and effective storage through design and materials choices.
After deciding on the style of vanity you want for your bathroom, you’ll want to choose the cabinet finish, countertop surface, and backsplash design together. A pedestal sink or floating vanity is perfect for creating more space in a small bathroom, but has little to no built-in storage options.