Having a healthier and more positive outlook on life starts with small steps. Increasing one’s water intake each day helps cleanse the body. Adding a 20-minute walk to a daily routine helps burn calories and increase endorphins. These small changes have the ability to reinvigorate a person. Updating a house can be approached in a very similar manner. A small space can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of a home. Take, for example, a bathroom. A complete overhaul is not needed to positively affect the ease of use and design of these practical spaces. Instead, small changes can improve the overall aesthetic.
Each morning and evening start in the bathroom so keeping the space beautiful and functional can make all the difference in a person’s day. Since bathrooms are typically more confined spaces, it is the perfect room to test out trends and different design techniques. Update older styles with minimal, contemporary touches, meld the past and present with antique accents - changes to a bathroom are perfect for any design aesthetic. They rejuvenate the space, increase a home’s value, and give the bathroom longevity.
1. Optimized Storage
Tuck away towels and toiletries in convenient and functional storage areas. Modern twists on cabinetry allow styling accessories to plug into the back of cabinets, keeping cords hidden and clutter off of countertops. Open shelving is a trend for those desiring a more contemporary, hotel-style bathroom. Learn to maximize space and create unique, storage compartments in spaces once considered unpractical or void areas.
2. Bath In Good Vibes
Add a touch of whimsy to a bathroom by updating to a free-standing tub. An antique footed tub is a great accompaniment to a classic bathroom with a vintage feel. Soaking tubs without feet add clean lines to contemporary bathrooms. A free-standing tub will be a showstopper and instant focal point for any master bathroom.
3. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Vintage or modern, antique or fashion-forward, mirrors are a must have for any bathroom. One of the simplest and most inexpensive upgrades, swapping out a mirror can alter the look of a bathroom dramatically. Gone are the days of the large, contractor-grade, wall-mounted mirrors. Now, oversize round mirrors are all the rage. The unexpected shape accommodates any design style.
4. Warm Up The Space
Before the first cup of coffee in the morning, there is a trek from the bed to the bathroom. Toes hit the icy bathroom tile and recoil in fright - it is freezing. What if this did not have to happen? What if when foot hit the tile, there was no recoil because the tile was room temperature, or even warm? One of the biggest trends in master bathroom design is a change which adds no aesthetic value - heated floors. Adding heated floors provides an instant feeling of comfort and will make mornings a happy time for frozen feet.
5. On the Edge
One of the most noticeable features of a bathroom is the countertop. Making any design change to a bathroom will force a designer to reevaluate the countertop situation. Updating to a natural stone countertop is an easy change, adding luxury and charm to any space. Marble, granite, quartz, or semi-precious stone are just some of the natural stone countertop options available. Once a countertop is selected, one must choose the type of countertop edge; this is a one small, but very significant choice.
The shape and edge of a countertop give a space a unique, customized feel. When picking a suitable edge for a bathroom, there are several different options, including:
Bullnose - a soft, rounded corner. There are different variations of a bullnose edge, like a demi-bullnose or a 1 ½” bullnose.
Bevel - a diagonal, sloped edge which is a great touch for contemporary spaces.
Ogee - an “S-shaped” design gives countertops a high-end feel with a bit of customized style.
Square - these edges actually have a semi-soft appearance to ensure they aren’t too sharp and are not prone to chipping.
Mitered - two pieces fitted together gives the illusion of a thicker countertop without adding extra weight. It is suitable for almost any type of design contemporary or classic.
When updating a bathroom, consult the countertop experts at Premier Surfaces. Premier Surfaces is the leading natural stone countertop company in Atlanta. The experts at Premier Surface help design, fabricate, and install one-of-a-kind natural stone countertops for any space, including a dream bathroom. Visit one of the four showrooms throughout the Southeast or visit them online at www.premiersurfaces.com where the well-equipped designers can help make decisions leading to the perfect countertop, shape, and edge for almost any bathroom remodel.
Eric Tryon is the President and CEO of Premier Surfaces, and it was his vision to create a relationship-based company that offers industry-leading craftsmanship and service. Each employee works toward demonstrating integrity, family values, a positive attitude, teamwork, and of course, a high-level of customer satisfaction. The installers for Premier Services are all full-time, fully-trained employees of the company, which cuts out the need for contractors and middlemen, allowing them to deliver the best possible customer experience throughout every point of the buying, designing, and installation process.