A modern and budget friendly master bath
Like most people, when designing the master bath, my wants did not match my budget! Still, there were some key elements I knew I had to have. A walk-in glassless shower (think: easy-to-clean), double vanities, decent storage and a large window. Bathroom fans might work well, but nothing beats an open window to properly ventilate and get rid of humidity. Natural light is also perfect for applying makeup!
Master bathrooms are definitely more stressful to decorate then their counterpart, the master bedroom. Picking out the wrong duvet cover or lamp is not the end of the world but choosing the wrong tiles, fixtures and cabinetry can be a pricey and permanent mistake.
Here are three basic factors to consider when planning your bathroom design:
• Paint it. When painting small rooms like bathrooms or walk-in closets, I generally like to paint the ceiling the same colour. It makes the room feel less chopped up, tricks the eye into thinking the ceiling is a little higher and makes the overall space feel more open.
• Don’t decorate. Keep the palette gender-neutral since this space is likely to be shared and of course always consider resale. Baby blue cabinets may go with your beach theme but one day it could drive buyers away. Adding a blue soap dispenser and other accessories however can be a great way to inject your favourite colour into the room.
I’ve always thought bathrooms in general should be clean-looking and not “decorated”. Instead, why not use everyday essentials displayed in an interesting way? This is how boutique hotels and spas make their spaces feel clean and high end. Items like rolled towels, jars of bath salts, lush tropical plants or even a pretty decanter for mouthwash are simple, low cost examples anyone can replicate at home.
• Put it away. Toothbrushes, wrinkle creams, floss, razors and flat irons – no one needs to see all of that, not even you! Take a couple of hours on a rainy weekend and clean out under your sink. Next, buy a few inexpensive, easy to wash plastic bins and baskets. Make yourself a system with a bin for hair stuff, another for mani/pedi products and so on. When there is a place for everything, it takes 20 seconds to plop your deodorant, mascara and hair mousse away, not to mention easier to find and take out every morning!
Wednesday November 28, 2012 – Julie Cadieux
*For more photos of the master bathroom click here!