Functionality for your showering needs: In many homes there is a case to be made for both types of showers. Many outdoor showers for swimming pools and beach goers warrant having an open shower and many guest bathrooms warrant closed showers. Here are the benefits of each:
These patterns can work with old school claw foot bathtubs as well as modern stainless pedestal sinks and back-lit mirrors (as per below). As long as you’ve got the eye you’ll be able to make it work with almost anything. Go bold bright and utilize patterned mosaics and tiles in your designs this year; a certain winner.
You don’t have to be as bold in your designs to go as far as the hypnotic mosaic pattern pictured below but patterned tiles are in for 2014 especially mosaics. If you can add a retro flare that’ll be an added bonus but make sure it’s done right so it doesn’t look tacky or quickly dated as is the tendency for many of these designs to fall victim to.
Maximize floor space with minimal obstructions: In small bathrooms scales trash cans and laundry hampers utilize valuable floor space that could be used for moving around your bathroom. The key to this is housing these items in another location. If your trashcan is small enough to fit next to the toilet this may solve your issue. While scales and laundry hampers may need to go in a bedroom or adjacent hallway closet.
Use mirrors to reflect light and add space: Vanity mirrors can take up the entire wall or hang in decorative frames to resemble artwork. When using mirrors in bathrooms consider the subject that will be reflected. Mirrors across from a window will reflect light and scenery while a mirror across from a bathroom linen closet may not give you the impact you were looking for. Mirrors also come in etched versions to add visual interest.
Most people enjoy having maximum room around the toilet although this is not always a realistic option in today’s small bathrooms. If you’re able to change out the toilet they come in smaller sizes that take up less floor space and allow for more room around them. If you cannot change the toilet try to minimize floor items like scales trashcans and laundry hampers in the bathroom. The more floor area you can see and use the better you will feel.