Have you seen the July 2017 issue of M Magazine? One of our beautiful master bathroom remodels is featured on pages 56-58!
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Tile, plumbing fixtures, paint colors – all of these pieces seem to consume us when planning a bathroom update, but what about those details that seem to be an afterthought? There are a lot of opportunities to make your bathroom more functional that are often overlooked or overshadowed by the more glamorous details. Bartelt takes a look at some of these underestimated features that can make homeowners’ lives easier in the bathroom.
There are a lot of “tools” often stored in the bathroom – hair items, linens, blow dryers, shaving kits, cleaning products, and beyond. It can become a bit cluttered and chaotic in this relatively small space. The good news? There are many options for a well-organized bathroom. We explore some storage ideas here.
Like the kitchen, there are many organizational options for your vanity cabinets and drawers. Drawer dividers keep everything in its place. Deep drawers allow you to store bottles and other tall items vertically. They also accommodate double drawers. Other options include pull-outs, hideaway hampers, and “garages” with outlets for that curling iron or blow dryer.
Vanity towers offer additional storage without taking up floor space or increasing vanity size. If you opt for a recessed vanity tower, you do not have to sacrifice counter space either. Customize your vanity tower to tie in with the room’s style and your specific storage needs – glass or mirrored doors, closed cabinetry, shelving, roll-outs, drawers, and beyond.
Not only are built-ins a practical form of storage, but they also give a timeless look to the bathroom. Built-in cabinetry and shelving allow you to maximize your space and seamlessly insert storage into sometimes wasted space. They are especially useful in small bathrooms.
Medicine cabinets are a great place to stash frequently-used items – toothpaste, vitamins, contact solution, aspirin. Whether the cabinet is recessed or wall-mounted, it’s versatile enough for any bathroom design style.
Open vanities offer a spot to store and display guest towels and toiletries. In smaller bathrooms, you can use the open shelving for items that you would normally have on the countertop, such as a tissue box. Beyond the additional storage, an open vanity can also give the illusion of more space.
The linen closet, whether in or just outside the bathroom, has been a staple in many homes. There are numerous ways to tailor this common form of storage to fit your specific needs. Opt for cubbies to keep towels and washcloths contained. Consider adding drawers to ensure easy access to linens in the back of the closet. Use a series of shelves and drawers to accommodate the various items you plan to store.
Recessed shower niches offer extra space to neatly store shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap. They also provide an opportunity to show some creativity with decorative tile, granite, glass, and other materials to add detail and texture to the bathroom.
After a long day, what’s better than taking some time to relax? The word relaxation may arouse visions of a spa, warm robes, and soothing earth tones, but many of us don’t have the time or budget to indulge. The good news – you don’t have to go to the spa to unwind. Bring the spa home with these ideas to create a serene space.
Use clear glass. Large, airy showers can help create a spa-like feel in your master bathroom. Using frameless, clear glass doors makes the space seem larger and contributes to the continuity of the bathroom.
Take a soak. From deep soaking to air-jetted tubs, which let bathers immerse themselves in a bath full of massaging bubbles, more homeowners are choosing bathtubs that offer a therapeutic experience.
Let the light in. Windows and skylights in the bathroom allow natural light to flood the space, adding warmth. Homeowners can use frosted glass or higher windows to enjoy natural light without sacrificing privacy.
Incorporate natural materials. Wood, pebbled tile, granite, ceramic tiles that look like wood planks – there are many ways to bring the outdoors in. These items add texture to the space and a warm, soothing touch.
Opt for a vessel sink. Vessel sinks are elegant and provide an opportunity to add more natural texture to the bath, if desired. They come in unique shapes and provide a focal point for the vanity.
Heat things up. You want your bare feet to be comfortable in your luxurious bathroom, so why not use heat mats in the floor to keep those toes toasty? Heated towel bars are also a great option to ensure you have something warm and cozy to wrap up in after each bath or shower.
Use multiple shower heads, hand sprays, and body sprays. People don’t always have time to take a long, relaxing bath, so a shower that offers a series of shower heads and sprays is a great alternative to feel pampered.
Have a drink. Some homeowners are incorporating beverage stations into their master baths. Whether you want to start the day with coffee or unwind with a glass of wine, there are a variety of options, such as a built-in coffee maker or beverage refrigerator.