Design Matters | Create a Spa Like Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom design by Forward Designers and Builders

A relaxing and well designed bathroom can make a huge difference in day-to-day life. You don't need a huge space and a ton of work to get a great bathing experience from your bathroom. Here are a few elements to focus on.

Contemporary Bathroom design by Other Metro Architect Abueg Morris Architect

Use natural light. Good design principles state that all rooms should have natural light from a window or skylight. This often gets overlooked in bathrooms because of issues such as privacy and cleaning. These concerns can be dealt with by choosing an appropriate window with obscured glass and a simple frame.

Contemporary Bathroom design by Cincinnati Architect John Senhauser Architects

Keep and open vanity with a vessel sink. This lends a bigger cleaner feel to the bathroom, especially if it is kept tidy.

Modern Bathroom design by Interior Designer Anna Gauck

Frame-less glass shower enclosures keep the room looking clean and large. Make sure to get ShowerGuard on your glass to keep the glass clean.

Modern Bathroom design by Kansas City Architect Clockwork architecture + design

Incorporate natural materials like wood. Though they may add more maintenance, they keep the bathroom feeling warm and human.

Modern Bathroom design by Other Metro Interior Designer April and May

The lighting plan is probably the most important aspect. Many bathrooms have fairly harsh lighting, but using recessed lighting with accent can make a huge difference. All lighting should be placed on dimmer switches as well.

Modern Bathroom design by San Francisco Architect MAK Studio

Use a freestanding tub. While it requires more space, the freestanding tub acts as a sculptural focal point and a bathing fixture.