Bathrooms are tricky to design, especially when you have children. Parents want a space that is clean, organized and comfortable. However, they also want to avoid the typical “bathroom” trappings of messy towels, dirty clothes and dirt-loving germs.
Think of it like designing any other room in your home. After all, you want your bathroom to feel like a second living space that’s just for you. Great design can help solve these issues.
Here are some genius ideas for home bathrooms that will make you want to run back to your renovation plans!
1. Make your bathroom a zen space
A room crowded with so many items (clothes, shoes, brushes, toiletries, etc.) can quickly become a mess. It can also be difficult to find a space where you can feel clean and organized at the same time. Renovating a bathroom isn’t easy, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of having the right design plan and the right people (or professionals) to help you.
Make your bathroom a Zen space by removing unnecessary items and clutter. This will create a space that feels clean and organized, but not cluttered. Fabrics, towels, toiletries, etc. should also be in their own space.
2. Install floor-to-ceiling shower doors
Floor-to-ceiling shower doors are an amazing way to allow you and your family to enjoy a warm and soothing bubble bath together. They can also be used to help keep your kids safer by keeping them from falling out of the tub. These doors are especially great for kids’ bathrooms because they can be installed without disrupting the space too much. This means you won’t have to worry about redesigning the space too much.
Go for neutral colours
Since you’ll be spending a significant amount of time in the bathroom, it’s important to make it comfortable and relaxing. The colour you choose for the walls and ceilings can have a significant impact on this. Try to go for neutral colours like white or light grey. This will help make the space feel more spacious and open.
3. Install a ceiling fan
While some people might not be fans of the idea of installing a ceiling fan in their bathrooms, others find them incredibly relaxing. A ceiling fan can do wonders for the mood and mental state of those who use it. However, these fans are especially great in the bathroom. It will make the bathroom even more spa-like.
Install LED strip lights
If your bathroom needs a little help with organization and brightening up the space, LED lights are a great option to explore. These lighting options come in a variety of colours and can be used together or individually. LED lights are tiny, energy-efficient bulbs. This means you’ll get a lot more use out of each light bulb, which means fewer trips to the store for replacements.
4. Don’t forget to add storage
Lastly, don’t forget to add storage to your bathroom. This will help make it feel less cluttered and allow you to keep your bathroom items more organized. Add space shelves or a cabinet to your medicine cabinet, add a coat rack or a storage bench to your vanity area and you’ll be able to better use these rooms.
5. Make your bathtime comfortable
Many kids hate taking baths. They’re a hassle to get in, clean and get out. They can be uncomfortable (especially for little ones) and the process can take a long time. A good way to make your bath time more comfortable and less of a hassle are to install a bench in the shower. A bench allows you to sit while you wash yourself, while your child sits in the tub while they get washed. You can also install a stool or bench in the changing area to make changing more comfortable for small children. This allows them to get changed without having to lie on the floor.
6. Make your bathtime beautiful
While it’s important to create a clean, organized, comfortable and stress-free space, you don’t want to forget to add in some beauty and flair, too! Add some colour, shapes and textures to your bathroom with some colourful wall stickers and a beautiful bathroom rug. You could also add in some throw pillows or a decorative basket to make your bathroom feel like a second living space. You also don’t want to forget to add a sense of style to your bathroom. You want to make it stylish, but you don’t want to make it over the top. Every bathroom is a little different, so you want to make your style simple and straightforward.
7. Get creative with lighting
Bathrooms often get neglected when it comes to lighting. It’s in the back of your mind that it’s just a dark space with a sink, toilet and shower. However, lighting can make a big difference in how your bathroom looks.
Lighting in the bathroom can be tricky. It needs to be bright enough to see in, but it also needs to be soft enough not to hurt your eyes.
The best solution for this is to install recessed lighting. Recessed lighting is ideal for bathrooms because it provides the right amount of light for the space. It’s not too harsh and it’s not too soft, just the right amount of brightness to see in the space and not hurt your eyes.
8. Bright walls are not just for nurseries
Bright walls in the bathroom are a fantastic way to make the space feel more spacious and inviting. If you have young children, why not paint a mural of Winnie the Pooh or Curious George? You can also search for kid-friendly images that you can download and print. This will instantly make the space feel more welcoming and comfortable.
You can also add contemporary elements to this space, with kooky photographs or illustrations of other characters or themes. This will not only make the room more fun, but it will make it more inviting for children.
9. Don’t underestimate the power of freestanding bathtubs
Although tubs are often associated with the traditional clawfoot variety, freestanding bathtubs are gaining popularity. These are versatile, as you can use them as a shower or a soaking bath plus they take up less space in your bathroom.
One of the best things about freestanding bathtubs is that they are incredibly easy to maintain. All you have to do is wash it with a hose and a bucket of water. Similarly, you can wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
A freestanding tub is also great for small spaces. This is because it is not attached to any walls, which means it can fit in any room without taking up too much space.
10. Play with focal points
Focal points are important in any bathroom. They create focal points, which in turn make the space feel more lively and fun. If you want to keep the space clean, you can use a mirror with a fun design or a picture of your family. If you want to make the space feel more personal, you can choose a framed photo of your loved ones.
You can also place a basket or a vase with fresh flowers at the focal point. This can instantly transform your bathroom from a sterile space full of grout lines, to a welcoming and calming retreat.
11. Keep it simple but functional
The best home designs incorporate elements that are not only innovative and stylish but also functional. This is especially true when it comes to your bathroom. You want to keep it clean, organized and easy to use.
If you want to keep it clean, use corner shelves to store your toiletries, shampoos and soaps. You can also use a medicine cabinet to store prescription and over-the-counter medications while keeping them all organized and easy to find.
To keep your bathroom organized, use a basket or bin that can be hung on the wall. This ensures that all items are always visible while keeping them easily accessible. If you have a young child, use a child-friendly bin or basket so that they can also store their toys and other essentials, and keep them easily accessible.
12. Incorporate natural elements
When you are designing your bathroom, you can combine natural elements like plants, stones and wood to create a calming, soothing space.
This is especially helpful if you have children who are messy and love to splash around in the water. Natural elements in the bathroom can help calm your children by making the space feel more nurturing.
You can also add natural elements to your bathroom designs, such as a natural wall, stone or wood flooring, or a vinyl tile or plank floor. This will instantly make the space feel more welcoming and serene. You can also use a basket or a vase to hold natural elements, such as a plant or a flower. This will instantly transform the bathroom space into a relaxing, peaceful retreat.
13. Get rid of the nagging details
The best bathroom designs are not only functional but also clutter-free and easy to use. This is because many details can make a bathroom tricky to use, especially if it is shared with multiple people.
One of the most common issues with bathrooms is that the spaces can become cluttered, messy and disorganized. This makes it difficult to clean, as well as more stressful to use.
To prevent this from happening, you can use an organizer that keeps your bathroom counter clear of all clutter, such as a toilet paper holder, a basket or a bin.
You can also use hooks, shelves or organizers that can be hung on the wall, so that it is always visible and easily accessible.
14. Don’t forget the shower
Most of the activity in the bathroom happens in the shower area. Therefore, you need to keep this space clean and organized. Make sure there are no loose items lying around or uneven floors that could lead to a fall. Ensure that there are hooks for towels and that your shower has a stopper to stop water from flooding the bathroom.
If you have a young child or an older person who may get into the habit of having too much shower water, you can install shower curtains that have a lock or a locking mechanism. You can also install a shower head with a shut-off feature to avoid accidental flooding.
15. Bring in an extra element of style
You may think of your home as “boho” and “indie” and love the idea of bringing it to the bathroom. However, you also need to keep in mind that it’s a space you go to get clean and clean up after your children. Boorish and outrageous elements may not be the best choice here.
However, elegant and classic elements can look great in the bathroom. This is a place where you can bring in more of your style preferences.
For instance, if you like flowers, you may want to consider a floor mosaic, a hanging flower basket or a shower caddy with fresh flowers. You can also bring in elements from your favourite flowers, such as vases from gerbera daisies or a scent bowl from an orchid or a lemon tree.
16. Don’t forget the toilet
While the majority of activities in the bathroom happen in the shower, a toilet is still a necessary part of it. Having a toilet that is clean, dry and fully functional is important for maintaining your home’s health and safety.
A toilet that is clean, dry and fully functional will help you avoid the risk of water damage and clogged drains. To avoid the humiliation of cleaning up after a full bowel movement, install a toilet that has a quality, quiet flush mechanism.
17. Functional but fun
You may think that a bathroom is the last place to add fun and whimsy. However, this is one area you can break the rules. With a little creativity, you can bring in fun elements without being too over-the-top.
One fun idea is to create a custom bathroom sign that reflects your personality. This could be a photo of you and your family members, a quote that reflects your values or a photo of a favourite flower or plant.
You can also bring in elements that help with relaxation and stress relief, such as aromatherapy with essential oil diffusers or a meditation cd. If you have children, you can also create a game or puzzle that helps children practice self-control and patience.
18. Bring the outside in
You may think of the bathroom as a “clean-up” space. However, this is a misconception. It’s also a place where you can bring nature and fresh air into your home. This may sound like a silly idea, but it can be a great way to bring nature into your home. You can do this by installing a window caddy, hanging a misting hose from the ceiling or installing a misting fan.
You can also bring in ornaments and plants from your garden or the outdoors. Another way to bring nature into your bathroom is by installing a skylight. This will allow you to bring in natural light and create a more spacious and inviting feel to your bathroom.
19. Look to the future
While bathrooms are typical “now” spaces, they can also be “future” spaces. This means that they can adapt to changes and changes in the family. Bathrooms can easily change as your family grows, including children and pets. You can keep them accessible and functional by installing grab handles on the toilet, installing roll-up grab rails on the walls and installing a wheelchair ramp. You can also keep them clean and safe by installing water-damaged and clogged-drainage tiles. You can also install an exhaust fan to help with odours and keep the area ventilated.
Let’s wrap up!
Overall, the bathroom is a room that is typically overlooked when it comes to home renovations. However, it is a room where you can make a huge difference in how pleasant it feels to use. These design ideas will help you create the perfect space for you and your family. From design tips to organization tips and bathtime beauty, you can make your bathroom the perfect place to relax each day.