Besides displaying more floor space, pedestal sinks have a classic look that adapts to any decor with astonishing ease. While pedestal models don’t offer much (if any) storage underneath, some models can hold small towel and washcloth bars to help alleviate clutter. Wall mounted sinks take up virtually no space and are built for functionality (as well as attractive visuals). Some models are no more than nine inches deep and available for corner mounting. While wall mounted sinks don’t offer storage, the open area underneath allows for small shelves if desired. Just because your bathroom is small doesn’t mean it has to feel that way. If you approach your decoration and design correctly, your spatially challenged bathroom will be transformed into the in-home oasis you’ve always wanted. Just remember to think small, but dream big.
Picture wall tile and you’re likely conjuring up images of bathrooms and showers. The reason is obvious: it makes for excellent waterproofing. While wall tile in other areas of the home is mostly decorative in nature, bathroom wall tile serves a functional purpose as well as an aesthetic one. That being the case, choosing the right materials and bathroom wall tile design is an important decision for any homeowner.
Tub: Make this particular fixture do the work for two by installing a unit that works as both shower and tub. If you still want luxury, clawfoot tubs actually free up space around the walls and can be turned into a shower or Jacuzzi depending on the model.
Tankless: Tankless toilets are similar to toilets found in commercial settings. The tankless design is considered an attractive alternative because of its sleek casings and low profile construction. Tankless plumbing is more complex than standard options, almost always requiring a professional for installation and repair.
The first place to install new bathroom lighting is around the vanity and mirror. Remember you don’t want your lights to be too strong or too dim, and lighting that comes from the sides is generally more flattering than lighting that comes from above (there’s a reason lights run up and down the side of mirrors in Hollywood dressing rooms!). A new pair of wall sconces on either side of the bathroom mirror can add both beauty and functionality to one of the bathroom’s most important areas.
As an added bonus, most glass tile comes from recycled materials, making it a “green” material as well. Ceramic Tile—Ceramic tile always has been, and always will be, one of the most popular choices for bathroom wall tile. It can be glazed and fired in just about any color and design you can imagine, from soft earth tones to hand painted designs, and its water resistance is perfect for the bathroom setting. It can chip easier than some of the other tile options, but if you think ahead and order a few more tiles than your project needs, those damaged tiles are an easy fix down the road. Mosaic Tile—Mosaic tile has moved beyond the arts and crafts world. In fact, some of the most stunning and innovative bathroom wall tile designs are currently being done in mosaic, be it glass, ceramic, metal, or combinations of all three. Subway Tile—Whether you choose vintage imitation subway tile or actual reclaimed subway tile, this simple, utilitarian wall tile look is perfect for both contemporary and throwback bathroom designs.