Guest Bathroom Makeovers
Your guest bathroom, or powder room, presents a great place to start with your home makeover.
This small room takes less money and effort to decorate than your larger rooms.
Plus, you get a chance to develop your personal home interior design skills without committing to a huge project.
Because guests view this little space privately, visitors take more time to notice the interior design details.
For this reason, you want to showcase great design to make a good impression.
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Also, hospitality shines in a well-appointed guest bath where it takes just a couple of splurges on extravagant fixtures to make a huge impact that your guests will remember.
Company may not remember your living room walls because they’re focusing on the people in the space, but they will remember your guest bathroom.
What if you don’t have a bathroom and guests use your children’s bathroom?
Children appreciate being treated as adults and don’t need a childish bathroom.
Don’t use juvenile-patterned wallpaper or accessories.
Keep bathtub toys in the bathtub (in one of those plastic-coated wire baskets) and hang a ceiling to floor curtain in front of the bathtub.
This curtain can be hung in front of the normal plastic liner from the ceiling.
For small bathrooms, where the daylight comes in over the bathtub, use white or another light-emitting fabric.
A curtain made of soft gauze or cotton does double duty: it softens the space with fabric while masking the bathtub, which is not a guest-bath feature.
To finish any proper bathroom, you need a great sink, faucet, and cabinet with a large mirror, plus the toilet.
If you’re working on a budget, look for sinks on sale at a warehouse store or at a thrift store.
Don’t buy a poorly constructed cabinet; look for an antique dresser or buffet that spans the wall space.
Dramatic bathrooms emphasize remarkable mirrors.
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You may be tempted to keep the ugly wall-mounted medicine cabinet, but if you truly want an impressive guest bath, hang a spectacular mirror instead.
Store toothbrushes and other necessities in the cabinet below and move medicines to the kitchen, out or reach of children.
If you need to replace the toilet, which only needs to be functional because the other details will outshine it, look for a toilet which blends in with your home’s style.
Bathroom Makeover Tips
Besides the bathroom fixtures, your flooring, walls, and ceiling offer the most economical home makeover opportunities.
Because of the small area, you can use large ceramic tiles that mimic stone, marble, or even wood.
Also, linoleum comes in a multitude of interesting patterns and has the benefit of being warmer to bare feet than tile.
The area that makes the greatest interior design impact, the walls and ceiling, give the best place to have fun with your home makeover.
Decorative paint finishes, like subtle layering of glazes, add the designer’s touch without the expense.
Choose colors that harmonize with the rest of your home to reinforce your color theme.
Use color psychology to make your powder room present a cooling oasis or a warming shelter.
Use an essential oil diffuser to help your bathroom smell as good as it looks.
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Avoid unnatural sprays that cause irritation to those with sensitivities.
The final interior design detail, exquisite lighting, doesn’t need to kill your budget.
Perhaps your dining chandelier would make a better statement in your bathroom than it does in your dining room.
If you live in a climate with high humidity and hot summers, a ceiling fan helps keep the room cool.
Look for a fan with lights that point upward.
Lights shining down on you in a small space feel over-powering.
Also, use wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror instead of the usual builder’s light fixture above the mirror.
Finishing touches, guest towels, hard soaps, and lotions make your guests and yourself feel pampered.
Choose generous, thick, and soft hand towels to add softness to an otherwise hard surface space.
Because people feel more comfortable in smaller bathrooms which offer privacy, a guest bathroom offers the perfect place to practice your design skills.
Splurge a little on lavish wall finishes and guest towels to showcase your home’s interior design.
White, bright and fabulous bathrooms are all the buzz in the latest bathroom design craze.
Bathrooms splashed with boldly colored painted walls and patterned ceramic floor tiles adorned with pristine white pottery bathroom suites create the perfect drama.
To finalize the look as the French would say “la piece de resistance”, the bathroom mirror.
Bathrooms mirrors are one of the primary elements of any bathroom design ensemble simply because they can completely change the look of the bathroom in the sense of how both natural and artificial light are reflected.
Exploring the endless options available in mirrors, establishing the look one is striving to achieve whether traditional or contemporary, bathroom mirrors have transitioned through the modern ages.
Victorian style bathrooms were often built with heavy layers of dark wood types from boxed in baths, wood framed mirror to wainscoting.
Today’s traditional styles of bathroom furnishings are sporting similar design concepts, but with a much softer look.
Bathroom mirrors are lightly capped with various wood textures and tones and wood bath panels are added to step up the design elements as an extension of tradition.
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Arched mirrors alone or with the addition of wall sconces for extra lighting can also create a Victorian feel to your bathroom setting.
Selecting The Right Bathroom Mirror
Selecting the appropriate wall mirror is also determined not only by the size of your bathroom, but also on the size of the bathroom vanity, mirrors should never extend beyond the vanity as it will create an unbalanced look.
The ideal wall mirror for bathrooms with double basins, are rectangular wall-to-wall mirrors to disseminate adequate lighting exposing bathroom accessories as well as the other bathroom furniture, increasing the presence of the bathroom.
Solid white bathroom suites are a way of adequately diffusing light for an airy feeling, when the light is reflected off of white bathroom furnishing the illusion of space is instantly created.
All white pottery bathroom suites give your bathroom a cohesive look, but more importantly set the stage for the induction of color, warm hues of reds, blues or greens are now showing up in the latest bathroom designs, accented with gallantly solid colored ceramic tiles or tiles with a motif inlay to tie the look of the bathroom together for an inviting sanctuary.
Contemporary Bathroom Mirrors
Wanting to give your bathroom a contemporary personality, frameless bathroom mirrors with inset lighting deliver all the potential for an ultra modern ambiance.
Achieving a modern look with circular or square mirrors is the perfect solution for intricate modern designs.
Hanging his/her matching wall mirrors with an overhanging light feature increases the amount of light in the bathroom again not to exceed the length of either the floor mounted or wall mounted basin furniture, helps to create a sophisticated modern expression especially for more complex bathroom remodeling projects.
For even more dramatic results, discovering different uses for wall mirrors can present a unique look, mirrors with built in lighting are also being installed inside shower enclosures and in and around the bathing area creating a shaving area for the males in your home while furthering the functionality of bathroom mirror in supporting additional lighting needs.
With today’s bathroom suppliers carry a number of bathroom mirror designs, styles and sizes, scheduling a theme around mirrors and lighting are easily worked in with other bathroom design components.