Designing a hotel bathroom for your home

hotel bathroomEver wish you could experience vacation-level relaxation in your bathroom at home?

Believe it or not, recreating the subtle elegance found in five star luxury washrooms is a lot simpler and affordable than you think. In this post we’ll look at a number of tweaks you can make to achieve “hotel chic” without breaking the bank.

Dare to be fearless

All bathroom design work requires you to walk the delicate tight rope between functionality and creativity. You want your arrangement to wow visitors with artful style without taking away from the usability of the room.

While homeowners tend to err on the side of caution, hotel bathroom designers are more willing to take a chance instead of playing it safe.

Get creative with materials and don’t limit yourself to the “bath” aisle when considering tile, wall and floor coverings. Sure, it’s a good idea to keep moisture in mind when making design decisions, but don’t be afraid to utilize materials generally reserved for other purposes. One great example is subway tile.

Mixing and matching textures and finishes will help you create a never before seen bathroom concept, the kind you find at the swankiest of boutique hotels.

The same goes for taps, basins and shower equipment. While traditional luxury fixtures are always an excellent choice, outside the box water features are worth their weight in gold.

Ever seen cabinets at a luxury hotel?

Who says all your bathroom goodies ought to be kept behind closed doors? Consider open storage solutions for everyday items to free up space and add a smart look to your bathroom.

Providing a certain degree of closed in storage is important, but open-air towel racks and shelves for toiletries and other bathroom accessories is both convenient and modern.

A simple trick for bonus tub space

It always seems like baths at fancy hotels enjoy extra elbow room for added comfort. Are they somehow finding super-sized tubs?

Nope. Not exactly.

The secret lies in a curved shower rod. Installing a crescent-shaped rod creates an optical illusion of additional space. Talk about a small investment with a big time return in comfort!

Fabulous fibers

Upgrading to high quality towels will make a world of difference for your bathroom experience. To make your quick morning shower feel more like a long and relaxing resort and spa scrub down, seek out fabrics that feature the following three attributes: fluffy, soft and over-sized.

For just a few bucks you can have your towels embroidered with your own faux luxury brand name. Make a play off your surname and have some fun with it. Smith’s Suites, perhaps? Miller Manor?

Fool yourself with charming containers

Lathering up your entire family with designer quality toiletries gets prohibitively expensive real quick, but instead of displaying your bargain-basket shampoos, shower gels and conditioners in their gigantic plastic bottles, transfer your soaps to smaller, more fashionable containers and store them on an ornate tray.

OK, yeah, you’ll know it’s Suave and not Gilchrist & Soames, but creating the look and feel is half the battle!

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