The guest bathroom or powder room is more about function and convenience. Since they are usually smaller than the master bathroom and used less frequently, you can use more expensive materials and finished surfaces to impress your guest while leaving a lasting impression on them. Wall hung cabinets and toilets, heated towel racks and vessel sinks add a touch of elegance and originality to your powder room. Because of the guest bathrooms smaller size you will be using less material which makes going all out much more affordable. Something to remember is to leave a drawer empty to accommodate your guest storage needs and keep towels and other bathroom necessities in plain sight or behind frosted glass cabinets so your guest don’t have to dig for them.
Modern Colonial – Originally a colonial bathroom was not a place to linger. They were often had an erratic supply of hot-water and no heating; it was more often about function than luxury. But today’s modern colonial bathroom style has taken the best of Victorian-styling and combined it with 21st century function to create bathrooms that are both beautiful and functional.
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Asian Style Bathroom – Far less opulent than a traditional grand design, an Asian style bathroom should be designed with nature in mind. No clutter, neutral, organic colours and some clever features will turn your bathroom into a haven from the rest of your busy household. Incorporating natural elements is relatively easy to do. Use stone or stone effect tiles for the floor (slate would work too) stone effect tiles on the walls and use wood for storage areas like cupboards and shelving and sink and bath surrounds. Additional elements like green plants on window sills, the uncluttered floor and by the sink increase the tranquillity, while a running water feature will enhance the Asian feel too. These can be bought from most interior design shops.
If you plan the bathroom’s location well you can preserve your privacy, while allowing doors or windows to be opened onto courtyards, gardens, or views The use of high windows or skylights can be a great way to bring shafts of natural light into the bathroom Putting simple bowl shaped basins in your bathroom which can be either wall-hung, mounted on plinths or on top of simple cabinets will give the illusion of a ’wash-stand’
Installing a new bathtub is a way to dramatically change the style of your bathroom. Bathtubs can take up a lot of room, so before you commit to one make sure it is something that is a necessity, or something you have room for. If it is not a necessity, consider installing a new freestanding shower instead and saving room for extra storage.