While the kitchen is the most popular room in the house, it’s just one of two rooms that make a huge difference to the value of a home. According to the real estate website Trulia.com, “The rooms buyers most closely inspect (and judge) in a house are the kitchen and master bath. These are the interior spaces where the most value can be added during a sale, so they need to look their best.”
“A well-appointed kitchen will dramatically increase the value of your home, so it’s worth spicing up yours to grab buyer attention. The same holds true for the bathrooms, especially the master bath. A sparkling master bath with clean lines will charm open-house-goers with modern upgrades like dual vanities and soaking tubs.”
Since we’ve addressed kitchen design in other posts, today we will focus on master bath design tips. According to the design pros at Houzz.com, there are 8 Golden Rules of Bathroom Design that are key to creating a terrific bathroom, no matter its size or style.
We’ve chosen to share what we believe are the top five ideas from among those they offer.
Include Plenty of Storage in Master Bath Design
The clutter of too many toiletries, no matter how attractive, can undo your good work in creating a calm space. Rather than fight the inevitable, accept the reality and embrace great bathroom storage.
The key is to think through what you need to store and then design appropriately. Some things are best kept in a drawer, some in a mirrored cabinet and others in a cabinet. Consider how the storage solutions will work as part of the whole room.
Focus on the Details
Even bathrooms with the most expensive fixtures can end up looking disjointed if the details aren’t carefully considered.
One example would be a glass shower screen that comes too close to the side of a vanity. This might look fine from one angle, but what do you see of the vanity through the glass? Will dirt get between them and be difficult to remove?
Another pet peeve is tile that stops halfway up a wall, leaving a horizontal ridge that will collect dust. Either tile the whole wall or set the face of the tile flush with the wall above by adding an extra layer of plasterboard above the tile before the skim coat of plaster.
Make Sure the Master Bath Design is Functional
Fundamentally, a bathroom must work. That means it should feel natural to use and be easy to clean, and all essentials must be accessible, well-functioning and suitably lit. Whatever design you adopt, never let style get in the way of function. That said, you shouldn’t have to compromise.
This bathroom accommodates users of varying heights. Installing sinks and mirrors to suit everyone in the household is both smart and cute. The designers also factored in the sloping ceiling when they put the shower head and adult sink under the highest part and the toilet under the lower part.
Let In Natural Light
Bathrooms often get the space left over after bedrooms take the best spots and windows. But spare a thought for those relaxed and contemplative times spent in the bathroom.
Daylight can be the most wonderful magnifier of space and is particularly important in small bathrooms, such as this one by Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins. The most intense daylight comes from above, so installing skylights is often a great way to flood a room with light while saving the walls for fixtures and furniture.
Size Matters in Master Bath Design
A bathroom is often designed to fit into the smallest space possible, and then people still want a tub, separate shower, twin sinks and a toilet. Give your space a break!
Go for a separate tub and shower only if there’s genuinely enough room; otherwise, combine the two. Remember that the user needs enough room to stand, dry off, and turn around.
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