Bathroom Accessories: How to Make the Right Selection
Bathroom designs are a dime a dozen, and there are numerous ways you can structure your ideal bathroom oasis to accommodate the needs of your family and preserve the aesthetic appeal of the room. But when it comes to accessorising and introducing the essential and ancillary amenities, a bit of prudent thinking and strategizing goes a long way.
After all, not all bathroom layouts can accommodate a bath, two sinks, a shower and ample storage, which is why you need to prioritize according to your needs and scale your amenities. With that in mind, here is how to make the right selection of bathroom accessories for your needs.
First Off, How Much Space Are You Working With?
Are you working with a full-size bathroom? Good, then you needn’t worry. However, if you’re working with a three-quarter bath, a half bath, or even a glorified powder room, then you will have to prioritize and optimize every corner accordingly.
Start by measuring the length, width, and height of the room, and think about which accessories you should splurge on, and which should play the backing role. For instance, you might feel that a nice big stone-finish shower is what you need, but you might need to sacrifice the vanity space to make it fit properly. In that case, you can opt for a single-sink setup, with the accompanying toilet and perhaps vertical storage instead of traditional cabinetry. Now, take the same mindset and use it to determine your perfect layout.
Start With The Basic Accessories
There are some features no modern bathroom can do without, and there are others that should only be introduced if you have room to spare and if they don’t impede maneuverability or capaciousness. Remember, a cramped bathroom can never become a rejuvenating, serene oasis you’re dreaming of, so start with the essentials and work your way from there.
Out of all the modern bathroom accessories you could introduce, settling on those that you and your family really need should be your priority. Depending on your preferred design approach, you can use these elements to create a natural, even rustic setting, or a modern look that combines functionality and aesthetics.
In any case, you can’t go wrong with pure white amenities and countertops that will serve as a perfect backdrop for layers and accents down the road. You can also play with shapes and opt for a fully geometric look or perhaps, you can disrupt the norm by surrounding a sloping free-standing bathtub with sharp corners on the vanity, cabinetry and shelving.
Focus On Layered And Strategic Lighting
Lighting plays a key role in interior design, and it will be vital in setting the tone of the bathroom with strategic illumination, as well as the aesthetic appeal of the lighting fixtures themselves. Be sure that the design of the fixtures corresponds with the overarching theme in the room, and never settle for a single light source, no matter how big or small the space.
Consider both complementary hues and contrasts, as lighting fixtures can match the colors of the essential accessories, but they can also come in pure black or charcoal hues for that monochromatic vibe. As for illumination itself, you’ll need ample overhead lighting that can be programmed to set any mood, as well as proper mirror lighting illuminating the reflection from the sides and the top.
Move On To The Smaller Accessories
Finally, it’s time to pick your ancillary accessories that will enrich the setting with their aesthetic charm and serve a functional purpose as well. You want to use these to accentuate certain areas of the room, and disrupt any monotony that might have settled in. Leave nothing to chance and make sure that everything from the soap dish to the shower curtains and the toothbrush holder complement the overarching design of the room.
Designing the bathroom of your dreams is not exactly a walk in the park, as it requires plenty of planning, strategizing, and sometimes even trial and error. This is why knowing how to choose the perfect set of essential and secondary accessories will be the key to designing a functional and aesthetic bathroom.
Guest Contributor, Lillian Connors