Bathroom Design

Although we don't often think about it, bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a home. Why? Because no one, and I mean no one, ever wants to spend time in an ugly, dingy bathroom. However, the alternative -- a bright, beautiful and inviting bathroom -- can bring spirits up, even on the dreariest of mornings.

Luckily, constructing a comforting bathroom environment doesn't require interior design courses; only a little creativity!

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Bathroom design involves a number of important considerations. First, you'll need to figure out if your bathroom renovation will include tinkering with the pipes or not. Even if the redesign is limited to aesthetics, you'll want to have a good idea of what your plumbing situation is beforehand. Have an expert -- be it a pro renovator or plumber -- ensure that your pipes are insulated while the renovation is under way. The last thing you need is a burst pipe.

Bathroom flooring operations

A major part of bathroom interior design is flooring. You'll need to decide on your bathroom tile design from the get-go: do you want to use stone, ceramic, or porcelain for those new floors? Keep in mind that a polished surface can sometimes become slippery with water. A matte or textured finish can prevent slips and falls. If you're concerned about mildew, consider wood or cork tiles, which are resistant to the growth of bacteria.

Customize that toilet

Here's another bathroom design idea: consider a custom toilet to add life to your new bathroom. While white is the perennial favorite in terms of color, a less standardized approach involves using different shades and different materials, including stone, glass or even stainless steel. You can also customize the size of a toilet, adding or reducing the length of the bowl. If you're interested in small bathroom design, a shortened toilet bowl can help to save valuable space.

Lighting for all situations

Your next major consideration will be lighting. Since bathrooms can serve a number of purposes -- from morning preparation to evening relaxation -- you may consider using a dimmer switch. That way you can adjust the brightness, allowing for maximum light on dark mornings and then low light for relaxing evenings in the bath. Regardless of your plan, make sure that you use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter in bathroom outlets to prevent electrical shock. If you're unsure, have an electrician take a look at your plans.