Yep, it's definitely the Year of the Bathroom. My clients are turning their Pinterest boards into real spaces. Here's a quick look at the most pinned (and most realized) dreams:

Soaker tubs and tiled walk-in showers

The shower / tub combo is so 2015. Say hello to spacious tubs fit for a glass of wine and a good book, accompanied by a beautifully tiled shower with a rainfall showerhead (or two).

Photo courtesy of HGTV.

Photo courtesy of HGTV.

Floating toilets

...specifically the Toto Toilet. This toilet saves space, makes cleaning a breeze, and takes your bathroom to a new level of modern convenience. Its heated seat, dual-flush system, and intelligent programming make it smarter that perhaps a toilet should be. (But who am I to judge?)

The tank is built into the wall, so you’ll never have to see it. However, your contractor will need to know as early as possible if you are considering a wall-mounted “floating” toilet so that the proper wall bracing and room layout can be created.

Photo courtesy of Jetson Green.

Photo courtesy of Jetson Green.

Framed mirrors

It seems almost too simple—adding a wooden frame to your mirror—but the end result is awe-worthy. Pick a wood type and stain to accent or contrast the style of your bathroom, then add attractive wall sconces, or even a new sink vanity.
 
Be sure to tell your contractor if you plan on adding a large mirror to your bathroom. Glass is heavy and needs proper wall bracing and mounting hardware.

Photo courtesy of DingKlek

Photo courtesy of DingKlek

Reclaimed wood walls

...is not for everyone, but those who choose it absolutely love the end result. Too much tile can get boring…expected...unoriginal. If the style of your home lends itself to rustic or Norwegian themes, reclaimed wood walls might be the design element your bathroom needs.

Photo courtesy of John Kraemer

Photo courtesy of John Kraemer

Intricate tilework

So, how do you keep your tile from getting monotonous? Express your creativity with a blend of colors and patterns. Put tile in unexpected places, such as the walls or ceiling (shown below). This aspect of your bathroom would benefit from the expertise of an interior designer. Re-laying tile due to design or layout errors can be a costly fix.

Image courtesy of HGTV

Image courtesy of HGTV

Long, narrow floor plans

Not everyone can have a bathroom the size of their garage. Fortunately, some of the most elegant, modern bathrooms lend themselves to a more narrow focus. Turn your galley-sized space into a chic retreat. Use white or pastel tones as your main colors and finish with dark accents or hardware to create a spacious feel without tearing down (more) walls.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest (author unknown)

Photo courtesy of Pinterest (author unknown)

From design to construction, Maria Kovach and her full-service boutique interior design firm are here for you during each step of your design project. Simply Stated Interiors is located in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Contact her to discuss your project.

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