your master bath is more than just a room that holds your toilet, sink and shower. it’s your retreat—where you start your day and unwind at night. from cool colors to clean lines, transforming your bathroom into a relaxing, spa-like space is easier than you think.
a good layout is key to a successful bath remodel. you’re putting a lot of components (shower, bathtub, toilet and sink) in a fairly small area so the design should really make the best use of the available space.
if you plan to stay in your home long term, your bathroom design should integrate features that will be useful as you age in your home, such as wider doorways, taller toilets and curbless showers with grab bars or seats and slip resistant tiles. these are practical investments that will make the world of difference over time.
the more storage you have in your bathroom, the less cluttered it will feel. In the unused space on either side of this vanity, tall cabinets were built in to store bulky items, like bath linens and towels.
3-separate the tub from the shower.
standalone tubs are central to luxurious, spa-inspired bathrooms. if you have room for a tub that is separate from the shower, do it. it will instantly add a touch of elegance to your bathroom.
tubs come in a variety of styles, from modern geometric to vintage clawfoot, and materials, including porcelain, cast iron, acrylic and wood, among others.
4-let in light.
even a small, undressed window adds style and natural light to a bathroom. this window’s placement high on the wall provides privacy, improves ventilation and still allows bathers to catch a glimpse of the beautiful view outside.
frosted-glass is a popular choice for larger windows. these windows let light flood into the bathroom and at the same time, conceal the view from outside.
having good lighting in the bathroom is also an important principle in aging in place design.
5-use calming colors.
the right paint color is essential to create a soothing spa environment. lighten and brighten walls and ceilings with neutral shades and natural colors, such as greens and blues, which exude serenity.
for a fresh, crisp look, an all white bathroom makes a beautiful sanctuary. keep in mind that calming tones and clean lines also make a room seem larger than it really is.
a complete master bathroom remodel should not cost more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value, claims consumer reports. according to remodeling magazine, the average cost of a midrange bathroom remodel in the east south central region is $15,000 and an upscale renovation is about $50,000.
if you want to make your remodeling just that much more special, you can pamper yourself with heated floors, a built-in fireplace and high-end materials, like marble countertops.
ricky scott is the owner of Nashville-based the kingston group and a member of entrepreneurs’ organization nashville.