Looking at upgrading your master bath? Here are ten tips to help ensure your new master bath is the one you've always dreamed of.
1. His and Her Sinks. This may seem like an old idea, but it's a great one. Ladies, no more dealing with shaving cream left in the sink, and gentlemen, who needs to contend with makeup? With his and her sinks, you each have your own space for your daily routines. It provides a sense of individuality and independence, as well as keeping you close.
2. Whirlpool or Jetted Tub. There's nothing quite like relaxing in a jet tub after a long, stressful day. What better way to relax? Add a shelf to keep your favorite scented oils and toiletries within arms reach, an inflatable pillow for your head, and you've got yourself a spa day in the making. You can even keep a little rack of magazines or books to read What about length? There are different sizes of tubs that you can look into, as well as styles, so pick one that fits your style.
3. Towel warmer. Seems a little extravagant, right? Except, imagine it's 30 degrees outside and you're just stepping out of the shower, how nice would a warm towel be? True, it doesn't get cold here very often, but toasty towel is a great way to end a relaxing shower or bath during any season. It keeps that warm, fresh feeling in the winter and chases away the chill of an air conditioned environment during the summer.
4. Customized Shower Heads: Everyone likes their shower a little different. Some people like the hand held shower head, some like duel shower heads, over head, body jets. There's something for everyone, so find your favorite! You can even install more than one.
5. The Right Lighting: We've all been in bathrooms with unflattering light. We look at ourselves in the mirror and go 'Whoa!' because the overhead florescent puts shadows under our eyes, or makes that five o'clock shadow stand out. Make sure you pick the right kind of lighting for your bathroom with the right fixtures. You don't want something that's too custom, so you look great under it but completely different in natural light, but you don't want something that's going to give you a headache every time you turn it on, either. Consider your options carefully and make sure you pick the right choice for you. Adding a skylight or high windows for more natural light also saves on energy costs, because you don't have to flip that switch every time you walk into the bathroom.
6. A View: Not everyone can have large, open windows in their bathroom, because most of us have neighbors, but that doesn't mean you can't bring a great view to your master bath. Add a painting or mural over your tub to provide the 'window' feel without losing any privacy. Adding high windows above the painting and around the bathroom, and even installing lights around the image, can help increase the atmosphere you're trying to set. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picture of snow capped mountains, or a lush green forest. Whatever you choose!
7. A Splash of Color: Having your entire bathroom a shade of red can be a little overwhelming to the senses. But mixing vibrant colors with more natural tones gives the colors an extra effect while still providing an insight into your personality. Throw a purple rug onto your cream colored tile, or red towels around the sink, and the color does it's work of creating a happy, bright atmosphere without overwhelming the senses.
8. The Right Toilet for You: No body really wants to spend that much time talking about a toilet, but we're going to talk about it anyway. Nothing is worse than sitting down and realizing the toilet is to small, too tall, to short. Make sure the toilet you pick is the right size for you and your family, but also consider other important features that might help conserve water.
9. Sneaky Storage: Storage is important in a master bath, especially when you're going for a certain look. There are tons of cool ideas and tips about how to turn unused spaces into storage areas. Built in shelves on small portions of walls that would otherwise sit empty are great, also adding space around your tub and extra shelves in the shower can be useful. The use of bins and storage containers to sit under your sink or even along side your toilet can make for neat looking storage as well.
10. Easy to Clean Materials: Let's be honest, while some types of tile are really beautiful, they can be a pain to maintain. You want something that's visually pleasing, affordable, and easy to clean. Do a little research before you settle on a type of tile or other materials for your bathroom, such as counter tops. There are tons of options out there that will fit your needs while still being easy to take care of.