Bathroom Design Details You Can't Ignore
These bathrooms prove that its all in the details and pull out all the design stops to create beauty in a highly function-driven space.
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Granted, a bathroom doesn't have as many opportunities for incorporating fabric as say, a living room. Which is why you should jump at the chance to use fabric where you can. Gorgeous window treatments will take a bathroom to the next level. If you're looking to make the fabric upgrade on a dime, do it with a shower curtain. (You'll find plenty of show-stopping options without any sticker shock.)
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Advance your vanity beyond basic with a little extra design oomph. Think gorgeous hardware, an eye-catching color, or architectural overlays. Pick a vanity that keys off your bathroom's design aesthetic for a unified look, or branch out into something that juxtaposes the vibe of your bath, for an eclectic look.
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Stunning Shower Tile
With nearly infinite color, material and designs available, customizing a shower with tile has never been easier. Save some money by fabricating most of the shower in a simple, affordable tile, but pull out all the stops with an accent tile. Apply your accent tile to the back wall of the shower or in a single border that wraps around the shower walls.
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Even the simplest of vanities and sinks can be elevated with a beautiful faucet, whether you love the intricate, vintage look of a bridge style faucet, or the sleek, contemporary lines of a streamlined model.
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Storage is a bathroom essential and when you can find ways to incorporate more of it, you'll fall in love with your bathroom over and over again. Here, a built-in bench in a small alcove adds extra storage, without obstructing the natural light the windows offer.
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Another place to squeeze in more storage? On the counter of a double vanity. If you find all that extra counterspace is going to waste, but you could really use more storage, consider a countertop cabinet positioned between the sinks. Compromise with a cabinet that's shallower than the countertop depth, which still leaves some counterspace.
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Don't let your floors be a blank slate -- a gorgeous tile pattern adds interest underfoot. Bonus points if the floors have an artistic mix of tones, colors and tile shapes.
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Take your sink into unexpected territory with a bowl that contrasts the surrounding countertop. Here, a hammered nickel sink contrasts the surrounding sleek honed Carrara marble countertop.
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Taking the sink above the countertop and you'll take your bathroom's style up a notch. Vessel sinks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials, and add a sculptural element to a bathroom's design.
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Round, oval, and even scalloped -- mirrors come in a variety of shapes, so you don't have to settle for a boring rectangle. Here, Venetian-style mirrors add elegance to a cottage-style bathroom.
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Get on Your Feet
Claw-foot bathtubs are a gorgeous addition in their own right, but beautifully appointed feet are the icing on the cake. A handsome tub filler also elevates a freestanding bathtub.
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A bold wall color is a good choice, but a unique wallpaper is a next-level design choice. Keeping the rest of the elements simple and tailored results in a look that's impactful, but not garish.
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"The more, the merrier" applies to tile in a bathroom. Using two or more types of tile creates visual contrast. Use tiles in different scales, materials or shapes, but include a unifying element, such as color, that will help the tiles harmonize.
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All Lit Up
With all the sconces, pendants and fixtures out there, settling for basic lighting is a missed opportunity for some serious style. Because good lighting is so essential in a bathroom, it's important to not sacrifice functionality. Even though a bathroom is small, be sure to include ambient light (overall, indirect lighting that illuminates broadly), as well as task lighting (illuminates work areas, such as around the vanity). Use accent lighting (track lights and adjustable recessed lights) to highlight architecture or other elements in the room.
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Details matter in a shower. A built-in seat, spa-like showerheads, and even pebble tile on the floor take the shower from a purely functional feature to an all-out experience.
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Backsplashes aren't just for kitchens. Add a band of tile behind your faucet for an extra dose of interest. If the rest of your walls are tiled, use a contrasting material in this spot so the feature stands out.
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Pull You In
Unique hardware adds extra polish to cabinetry and vanities. And it's a detail you can update without a full-on bathroom remodel. Often, you can easily replace standard, existing hardware with knobs or pulls more tailored to your tastes.
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