101+ Bathroom Designs and Ideas

Your bathroom is a space of tranquility; it is an area you may sit upon your porcelain throne, revitalize in a steamy shower or bath, or perform your daily hygienic rituals. Although this space is one of the smallest rooms in the house, it deserves your utmost attention as you remodel or redecorate.


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FAQs About How to Design a Bathroom

What sort of sink?

A pedestal sink is a great option for a powder room or half bath. It is a slim and elegant option that accomplishes what it needs to. On the downside, it does not offer any storage and has minimal usable surface area.

A vessel sink is a gorgeous option for a more contemporary bath. This is a bowl that sits on a counter, which allows more space for storage below. However, this bowl creates a limitation on work space and can also be difficult to clean.

A vanity with a sink is an option for those with space to fill. This option offers the greatest amount of utility and storage, but with needing a wide birth of clearance to open drawers and cabinets, it can take up most of the room.

What sort of material for my countertop?

Laminate is the best option for bathroom remodeling under a tight budget or time constraint. This is an extremely affordable option that is stain and scratch resistant with a variety of color, finishes, and textures.

On the downside, the look can appear downscale and the countertop can delaminate over a period of time.

Resin-based countertops are best for countertops with unusual dimensions. This option can be bit pricier, but it often comes including the sink and there is no need for sealing. However, this material can appear like a natural stone wannabe.

Natural stone is an upscale, pricy option for high-end baths. Natural stone is highly stain and scratch resistant and is absolutely gorgeous.

However, the maintenance of this countertop is not for the faint-hearted. It must be sealed regularly and if not properly maintained, the surface can begin to demonstrate water and oil marks.

What sort of toilet?

Select a toilet with a score of 500 or higher on Maximum Performance testing (MaP). This is the measure of a toilet’s ability to flush efficiently with only push of the handle.

There are few things more embarrassing than a leftover floating turd from previous usage because your flusher was inadequate.

What size water heater?

A water heater is a huge investment piece and you don’t want to go too small and subsequently freeze your family or yourself on a cold morning by running out of hot water.

Water heaters with tanks are labeled with a first-hour rating (FHR), which is a measure of how much hot watera tank can produces within one hour. Here are some estimates of an individual’s hot water consumption for comparison:

Showering: 12 gallons per person
Bathing: 9 gallons per person
Shampooing hair: 4 gallons per person
Washing hands and face: 4 gallons per person
Shaving: 2 gallons per person

How much space do I need for a half-bath?

Creating a half bath can be a great option in a finished basement or 1st floor on a multi-floor home and you don’t need much space to do it.

Before you start building, you should make sure your space complies with national and local building codes. For the purpose of comfort, the ideal space would be a room that is 3 or 4 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long.

How much space do I need for a master bath?

It is a good idea to have privacy for the toilet room. You can even go as far as installing a door.

If you have the room (and the budget), create a shower stall separate from the bath.

A his-and-her sink set-up should have 36 inches or more separating the two from one drain to the other drain. Each sink should be equipped with its own outlets, lighting, mirror, enough usable surface area, and adequate storage space.

A master bath should have wide pathways of 36 to 42 inches, so two people can walk through at the same time without bumping into one another.

What sort of vent should I use?

For a powder room, use a vent with a built-in light or that is wired to a light switch so the vent turns on automatically. Opt for a loud fan to ensure maximum privacy near public areas.

For a family or guest bath, choose a vent type with a mid-range noise level. If this is your children’s bathroom, you might consider investing in a fan equipped with a sensor for detecting humidity that causes the fan to turn on automatically.

For a master bath, you want to choose a quiet fan in case you make any bathroom runs in the middle of the night. Choose one with enough power that it can work effectively for multiple showers. A timer is a nice idea so you can let it run after a particularly steamy shower.


Measure- Before you start remodeling, measure your space thoroughly, so you will know what size fixtures will fit into your bathroom. Bathroom essentials should all be purchased together with these measurements in mind.

You should also take into consideration what the standards are for the appropriate height of a vanity, sink, towel rack, shower curtain, etc. and map out your vertical space as well as your horizontal space.

Shut-off valves- Before you start pulling out old sinks and toilets, locate all water shutoff valves and turn them off to avoid any flooding when replacing these fixtures.

Wallpaper- Wallpaper is a no-go in bathrooms because it doesn’t stand up to the humidity. You should consider using tile or wainscoting as a non-tile option. It is ideal to make the entire bathroom waterproof for any spillage or tom-foolery.

Focal point- If you have the space, don’t make the toilet the first thing you see when you open the door. This will add to the element of privacy within the bathroom and you don’t really want the toilet to be the focal point of your bathroom.

Bathroom doors are often left open when you are home, and you don’t want to risk the possibility of a guest walking by and sneaking an unfortunate peek.

Lighting- For bathroom lighting, don’t rely on a ceiling fixture. For those getting ready or applying make-up in the bathroom mirror, the best lighting flanks the mirror with fixtures placed at eye level 36 to 40 inches apart. This lighting should be luminescent and bright.

Flooring- When choosing options for your flooring, don’t choose a floor that is considered “breathable”. This will allow for the build-up of stains and watermarks over time.

Instead, look for options that are strongly sealed such as porcelain or glazed. These tiles are easy to care for. If you are concerned about slipping, choose a textured surface, matte finish, or sand-containing glazes. Tiles containing a lot of grout lines can provide more “grip”.

Upgrade- If you simply want to upgrade your bathroom, focus on the lighting. The bathroom is the last place you want to have unattractive shadows and odd color hues on your skin.

Retiling- If you are retiling in your bathroom, consider covering instead of replacing. This will shorten the length of your project and greatly decrease its level of seriousness.

Textiles- Want a simple upgrade? Make your textiles match! If you are redecorating, add an accent color or pattern through your shower curtain. Then compliment with your towels and floor mat!

Accessories- You can accessorize your bathroom! Some essential bathroom accessories are a wastebasket and soap pump. On top of that, plants and candles are great ways to add to a bathroom to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Storage- Bathrooms need to contain storage too! You can accomplish this through a variety of ways that are more creative than under-the-sink storage. You can have a small shower nook or basket, you could add a small furniture-style cabinet to the room, you could utilize floating wall shelves, or place things in wall mounted baskets!

Art- When you are deciding on what art to place in your bathroom, keep in mind that the bathroom is great place to go beyond a canvas print. Bathrooms can contain 3D art such as starfish or shells or you can bring the outside in with live or artificial plants or even rock collections.

Personalize- Monogrammed towels are a great way to personalize your bathroom. This is especially fun for a newlywed couple!

Painting- If you’d like to have some fun with paint and have built-in shelves, you can always add a different hue behind the shelves to add more depth from the unexpected accent.

Shelving- Consider open shelves. While the bathroom is a place of privacy, having open shelves in a small space can give an illusion that it is bigger. And having opens shelves gives you the opportunity to show-off your colorful towels, your pretty soaps, and your variety of perfumes!

Floor heating- You should consider installing a floor heating system. This system can be laid under tile and it makes the entire bathroom more comfortable by warming the tile and even heating the room air temperature.

Shower rod- This may seem like a small detail, but adding a curved shower rod as opposed to a straight one can add a surprising amount of space to your shower. Curved shower rods are able to attach to walls through both tension and mounting. They can add a more elegant feel to the shower portion of a bathroom.


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