Overcoming a Lack of Panache
So you have established the size and layout of your new bathing space but now what? Well, it’s time to turn your attention to embellishing the space, ultimately creating a style for the room. Wait, before you go running from the computer to cover your head under a pillow muttering to yourself, I’m doomed…I don’t have any sense of style. Let me assure you that’s ok. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and calm yourself because I’m going to show you how to overcome this shortcoming with just eight simple guidelines.
Understanding the Influence of Chromatic Changes
1 – Color is your most powerful friend when designing a bathing space. With this magical tool, you can set the mood for the whole room. Hues can be used to make a small bath seem bigger or even a large sparse area seem closer. But as with all powerful ally’s you need to treat it with respect. If used wantonly, color can quickly overpower the room and throw it into chaos.
To establish your washroom’s temperament, just remember that yellows, oranges and reds convey warmth and cheer which gives the space an inviting cozy feel as your walls are visually brought closer together. For a calming effect, a complimentary palette of blues and greens will introduce tranquility and calm into the environment while at the same time making your surfaces recede which would be beneficial in a small bathing space. Also a bright distant wall makes a long, narrow bath look shorter if your powder room is tapered.
The Forgotten Mood Enhancer
2 – Texture is the other design element that newbie remodelers don’t really take into consideration beyond the most obvious like not having a rough bathtub to soak in or an extremely slippery toilet seat which could spell disaster. Textures can be both touched and seen and affect the mood of your bathroom as well. But tactile surfaces can also be used to your advantage for example rough textures such as tumbled stone, feel casual or even classical when trying recreate a period style. Smooth and polished surfaces not only look modern but convey a contemporary feel as well.
Tricking the Eyes
3 – Patterns on surfaces such as your floors and wall coverings affect the perception of space in the room. If for example your bathrooms dimensions are out of canter consider diagonal floor tiles to hide the out of square room. If your half bath seems claustrophobic then adding vertical stripes can make the space seem taller. On the other hand for an overtly expansive and tall room, introducing horizontal lines into the mix will shorten the space.
Remember that pattern is simply a repetition of design elements so it doesn’t necessarily have to be on a surface but can also be the repetition of visual features such as the height and shape of fixtures that create balance and unity throughout the grooming area.
It’s the Little Things that Make the Difference
4 – Details can enhance or destroy all the effort you put into your design. The wrong choice of vanity or linen closet hardware could potentially throw off the period style you are trying to create. It’s important to repeat simple design elements throughout the space so the viewer feels that everything belongs together such as door handles or knobs and pulls on your cabinetry.
Showcasing What is Important
5 – Besides functioning as architectural structures, your bath walls and floors can be used as a backdrop for your décor or as a sophisticated feature for the room. This is where your ally color comes into play again. To showcase your fixtures or art work use a palette of muted tones and neutral colors in the background so the design elements you want to highlight will be become more obvious to the viewer. Remembering that bold hues, textures and patterns on your bath floors and walls will invariably attract attention, you can use this to your advantage if you want of highlight an architectural feature or add variety to the space if used in moderation.
Creating Relationships of Proportion and Scale
6 – Oversized fixtures will make your bathroom feel crowded and may render the fitting awkward to use. Scale your bath furnishings proportional to the size of the space available and the other fittings in it. That armoire may be great for adding much needed storage but its Gothic size may not only cramp your leg room but its visual weight may throw your room’s elements off balance.
Decorating for Function
7 – Having a degree of flexibility in your furnishing will not only allow you to move elements around such as freestanding cabinets or lounging chairs but will also give you the opportunity to remove the furniture if your needs change in the future so you don’t have to bolt everything down.
Breaking the Rules
8 – Who said a bath could only be on one level? Adding layers or levels in your washroom makes the area unique. While space is normally a limiting factor for most home owners, if you do have the ability to raise a tub on a pedestal with a surround the result would be well worth the effort.
There is no doubt that marketing forces and tv shows have influenced the trends in today’s bathroom but trends have a tendency of falling out of fashion. Remember that form must follow function so don’t get caught up in all the hype about what is hot right now but instead choose a style that best meets your needs and budget. These guidelines are not written in stone but they should get you started on the road to developing a bathing space that is not only stylistic but original as well. Are you with me? Let’s get started….