Bathroom Design


A bathroom meets critical functions in a home that you are likely to encounter multiple times a day. Adding to the fact that your guests are likely to use your bathrooms, you likely want to design a fitting and aesthetically pleasing bathroom environment.

Designing a bathroom involves many considerations that require some time and effort to be implemented effectively. 

Read on to find tips on how to design your ideal bathroom and you will have more information to help you make the right decisions.

Use light and bright colors

bathroom light


Lighter colors and fixtures in the bathroom naturally make the space look bigger since light is more likely to reflect around freely.

Some of the colors that work best in bathrooms include neutral colors like warm off-whites, light grays, and soft blue-greens. 

The color you choose should be similarly echoed in your bathroom décor, fixtures, and furniture so that it appears like one connected theme.

If light colors are not up your street, consider a dark glossy color. The hue that a high-gloss black finish gives will instantly impart a big night-sky effect and will bounce around little streams of light around the space.

Dark colors in your bathroom will draw attention to your décor, lighting fixtures, and shiny accessories, so choose these carefully. Remember that your lighting fixture will need to bring in a lot of light to make up for the generally dark environment.

Install large mirrors

bathroom mirror

Every good bathroom requires a large mirror that you and your family members can use when getting ready after taking a bath or a shower.

Rather than hanging one mirror above the vanity, you can mirror an entire wall of your bathroom. The ensuing visual effect will compliment your lighting, doing the same good work that an additional window would do.

If mirroring an entire wall does not work for you, consider adding multiple mirrors to the wall for a more elegant visual appeal.

Invest in some lighting


Bathroom lighting is not just meant to brighten up the space, rather it can help you wake up and peacefully transition from day to night.

The first way to set up the right bathroom lighting is to consider any natural lighting that floods into the space. Then you can layer task lighting and accent lighting accordingly to create a space that feels homey and dimensional.

Experts recommend aiming for around 50 lumens per square foot, as this mimics natural daylight. Therefore, the exact lumens you need will be governed by your square footage. 

Remember that you want enough light to see well at night but not so much light that you feel blinded when you walk into your bathroom after waking up in the morning.

Experts also recommend starting from the top and working your way down. Start by ensuring you have the adequate overhead light on your ceiling fixture.

Remember that a modern bathroom may be best suited with recessed lighting since it casts away any shadows. The general rule of thumb for recessed lighting is to divide the ceiling height by two and use that number to decide how far apart to space each light out.

While experts would not recommend a decorative pendant or a chandelier as the only source of light, installing one in your bathroom is a great way of creating a focal point without much effort.

Then install some task lighting on your vanity that is plenty since you will use it most often when getting ready.

Finally, layer in some ambient light such as mood lights around your mirrors or bathtub lights that will illuminate various nooks and crannies while simultaneously adding some warmth and personality to your bathroom.

Bathroom Vanity


Install a bathroom vanity, which is a practical piece of furniture that accommodates a sink, a mirror, and some storage. 

These are available in a variety of configurations such as contemporary fixtures, freestanding sinks, antique chests, and central vanity islands among many others.

Tame the clutter

bathroom closets

You likely have many bottles of skin products and haircare items in your bathroom. Letting these lie around your counter space or vanity is likely to make your bathroom look cluttered even when it is clean.

Ensure you have enough storage to keep many of the things you need in a neat and organized space. You can also use this storage to keep extra supplies like soap products, tissue paper, and cleaning supplies for your bathroom.

A small cabinet mounted high up on the wall can offer enough storage space. 

Rather, consider installing a cabinet somewhere near the door that extends to the floor. Match the color of the cabinet’s doors to the rest of your color scheme to achieve a seamless look that is more appealing.

Also, keep a wastebasket near the door so that you can toss out and recycle empty bottles, containers, and plastic packaging that a lot of bathroom products are sold in. This will go a long way to decluttering whatever you have in your bathroom.

You may also want to install over-the-toilet shelves, storage baskets, and wall hooks to increase the storage capacity within your bathroom. 

Install some drying racks

drying rack


It is not convenient to haul your delicates out of a bathroom to go and dry them elsewhere after taking a bath, is it?

Consider installing a drying rack somewhere high up on your bathroom walls. This will be enough for you to hang some towels and delicates, offering the added benefit of not having to look for them when you take a bath next.


Some lighting fixtures, a beautiful vanity, drying racks, bathroom cabinets, and bright colors on your bathroom walls can make it feel more than the functional space it is. 

Take some time to visualize what you want in place and do some research on what is available on the market.

A well-designed bathroom will look beautiful, thus offering you, your family members, and your guests a seamless experience when performing self-care duties.

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