Ideal for overnight guests or as the second bathroomor perhaps the third full bath in a housethis configuration is designed around utility. The idea is to get in, do your thing, and get out: toilet, sink, showerkeep it simple. This basic theme doesn't mean the space has to be boring. Interesting tilework, updated fixtures, a high-drama mirror or decorative light fixture will dress up this down-and-dirty space.
Chances are, this is not your main family bathroom, and you might also have the luxury of a master bath in your home, as well. Still, by focusing some attention to detail in this bathroom, you can convert a purely functional space into a comfortable, stylish place to take care of your everyday bathroom activities.
Shower extras. You can elevate the basic shower to an "experience" shower by opting for a couple now-affordable extras, such as a rain shower head or hand showers.
Good medicine. The medicine cabinet is making a come-back, but updated designs are deep enough to include electrical outlets so appliances can stay plugged in all the time. The benefit of this cabinet configuration is its space-saving nature. You get the mirror plus storage without sacrificing wall space.
Natural light. Skylights and enlarged windows open up a small bathroom and bring the outside in, adding character to a "basic" space.
Other considerations. This space is probably too small to create a separate room-within-a-room for the toilet, but you can still hide the loo with a layout that positions the commode so it's not the first feature you see when you walk through the door.
Sleek cabinets made from exotic wood veneer dress up under-sink storage. "We're getting away from the panels and trim," says Rick Miller, president, Miller's Fancy Bath & Kitchen, Louisville, Ky. "Veneers are easier to maintain than a raised-panel door, and they're a transition look between contemporary and traditional."
Picture-frame mirrors are a pleasing statement piece in a simple bathroom design.
Petite, but powerful: the powder room is meant to be the quick and convenient bath for you and your guests. But, you can also make big, dramatic statements in the smallest of baths.
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