Bathroom design and function progresses over time like everything else. Your bathroom and kitchen are areas of the home where function and style are always the main objective. The bathroom that promotes good hygiene will add to the appearance and appealing style of any bathroom design. Here are several ideas for you to consider the best affordable bathroom accessories that will add function and style while achieving better hygiene.
When you walk in to your bathroom, focus usually draws attention to the vanity and mirror area first. And, if you have an attractive soaking tub, that would likely become the main focal point instead. Bathroom accessories should not overpower but should compliment that main focal point in the bathroom. Be careful not to add clutter.
The color scheme and style of the accessories should be considered carefully. If you are aiming for a calming ambiance, choose light colors. If you are shooting for a more invigorating or energetic feel, choose more bold or intense colors. Since bathrooms are not areas where people hang out for hours at a time – feel free to go for more bold colors.
WALL ART & WALL DECOR FOR YOUR BATHROOM
A superb way to reflect your personality is Bathroom wall art. A personal touch – take note of the bathroom image below, most of the colors are neutral. The pinks and purple add a nice pop of color in the wall art that is needed. Think about how any wall art colors will coordinate into your own overall design. Another option is a wall sculpture. Interesting personal things such as primitive face masks, metal wall sculptures or any other interesting object you may have collected over the years.
WALL PAPER YOUR BATHROOM
Wall paper can alter the look and feel of your bathroom instantly. Bold patterns provide a great effect placed on just one wall. A more subtle wall paper pattern may be appropriate on all of the walls. If it’s a DIY project, you can splurge to get the exact look you want for much less cost.
BATHROOM ACCESSORIES – VANITY LIGHTING
Bathroom lighting is a fantastic way to add function with style. Bathroom lighting generally consists of either wall lights that have multiple bulbs above the mirror or several wall sconces flanking each side of the mirror. Lighting located on the sides of a persons face makes you look better than lighting overhead which causes shadows on the face. Strong lighting in a smaller powder room is not as important as better lighting for a master or primary bathroom where applying make-up or shaving is necessary.
AREA RUGS & GREAT BATHROOM ACCESSORY IDEAS
Solid colors are generally the best. Although, subtle patterns can also work quite well. Area rugs are typically something you really don”t want to draw major attention to – it’s better to focus attention on other areas. It’s not important to match the rugs color to the color of the towels, although you can. Generally an affordable bathroom accessory idea, area rugs can add style and warmth.
WALL MIRRORS & MAGNIFYING MIRRORS FOR YOUR BATHROOM
Bathroom vanity mirrors can be a tremendous way to add function and style. It is very easy to go from Ornate to Traditional to Modern to very simple. Full-length large mirrors are also something to consider. These are typically installed on the back of the door. But, if you have a large bathroom – a leaner mirror, Cheval floor mirror or an oversized floor mirror could be quite stunning.
Magnifying mirrors are quite useful bathroom accessory for applying make-up or for shaving. These come in many forms. Some attach to the wall and some set on top of the vanity. Other types attach directly onto a mirror or other slick surface with suction cups.
BIDET SEATS & BIDET ATTACHMENTS
In the past if you wanted a bidet – you would have to buy a separate bidet fixture. Not only was that an additional cost, but it would also take up much more space in your bathroom. Now, your single toilet can function the same as a traditional bidet: It sprays your private parts with pressured water. Wallah you’re clean!
This bidet seat is combined with a pressured water stream from BidetGenius that will gprovide you with great hygiene giving you an upgrade in efficiency and cleanliness.
STORAGE FOR – RAZOR, HAIR DRYER ETC
Today’s bathrooms should have organized storage space allocated for accessories like curler irons, hair dryers, , electric razors etc… These accessories can be bulky and negatively add to the appearance. Drawers or cabinets are an appropriate place to keep these items out of sight and organized. Be sure to have an electric wall outlet appropriately located so the hair dryer or other devices can easily be used without plugging in every time – yes very convenient!
STORAGE AND SHELVING FOR YOUR BATHROOM
Clutter will negatively effect the ambiance of your bathroom. All the various devices and sundries that are generally used in most bathrooms: soap, shampoo, cleaning supplies, hair dryers, shaving cream, razors, etc. Make sure any shelfving or storage units chosen will enhance the style and vision for the bathroom.
SHOWER CURTAIN OR GLASS SHOWER ENCLOSURE
With a bigger budget, a glass shower enclosure is a must have. However, glass shows water spots and you’ll need to clean it often to remove the spots and keep them from staining the glass.
A shower curtain is a more affordable accessory for your shower and it can also look quite nice. Use double curtains. One should be clear, make sure to use an anti-mold plastic liner. Make sure the other one is a decorative cloth curtain. The plastic curtain will hang inside the edge of the tub or shower, while the cloth curtain should hang outside the tub or shower. The cloth curtain will give the bathroom a more soft look – and contrasts well with all the hard surfaces.
Stay away from using the old style single plastic curtain with the happy fishes, pink flamingos, or other type of outdated graphics. However, using these for the children’s bathroom is acceptable to a point. Although there are exceptions. I’ve observed clear plastic curtains with bold black text (words) that give it a modern and cool hip look. For the right person and in the right bathroom – this can be something to consider.
BEAUTIFUL SHOWER FIXTURES
Quality shower fixtures are vital and not as expensive as you’d think. Although, if money is an issue – at least invest in an upgraded high quality shower head. Nothing is better than a long, hot shower after a hard day. To accomplish this, you need a quality shower head with a good pressure water spray. Many have a pulsating stream that creates a massaging effect on your body and scalp. Better control of the type of water spray (i.e., wide, focused), tells you its a better shower head. Shower heads are typically available in chrome. Although, brass is currently the most popular fixture color for now – for both the kitchen and the bathroom.
BATH TOWELS, HAND TOWELS, WASH TOWELS
Good-smelling fresh towels inviting you to indulge yourself. A good smelling clean bathroom is the objective. Solid colors are generally the choice for your bathroom towels. Hand towels and wash clothes can have a decorative pattern. Wall hooks rather as opposed to a towel bar is a great way to display your towels. Wall hooks a good option because it’s not necessary for the towels to be folded correctly like towels on a towel bar do.
TOWEL BARS, TOILET PAPER HOLDERS, TRASH CANS, OH MY!
Accessories:Toilet paper holders, toothbrush holders, towel bars, magazine holders, trash cans, soap dishes, wall hooks and etc. Match or not to match? Don’t make everything match – just have a few things match. For instance, don’t match the toothbrush holder with the trash can – even though they sell coordinating sets like this. Of course you can use the matching soap dish, toothbrush holder and drinking cup set. But multiple items like that should be placed neatly on a nice decorative tray – that way you’ll have a more organized look.
Metal Fixtures & Accessories: If your fixtures have a chrome finish, you should continue that theme with the other metal features in the bathroom, towel bars, toilet paper holders etc.. Don’t confuse things by mixing in brass or bronze. However, brass light fixtures can be mixed in with chrome fixtures if the design scheme calls for it.
If brass sconces are positioned adjacent to a gold framed mirror, they can blend nicely with the other chrome fixtures. You can also mix in a wooden towel bar, a toilet paper holder, etc with chrome fixtures. Wooden accents may be a better choice with bronze fixtures.
BATHROOM ACCESSORY IDEAS – FINAL THOUGHTS
Compared to just over 100 years ago when there were just simple “out houses”, today’s bathrooms with all the amenities are something past generations could only to wish for. Undoubtedly, modern indoor bathrooms are now taken for granted but nevertheless are indispensable. Over time, bathrooms have continued to improve and evolve – style, comfort, recent technology, and better hygiene.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the most important rooms in your home. Happily – it doesn’t always take too much money to transform that bathroom in to a great looking and great functioning oasis. We hope these bathroom design ideas will assist you in achieving the look you desire. If you would like to make your bathroom accessible for the physically impaired or the elderly, definitely check out this article >>> Universal Design Makes Living Easy.