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Designing a Bathroom

February 16, 20233 min read

Designing A Bathroom

Designing a bathroom can be a fun and exciting process. Whether you're renovating an existing bathroom or starting from scratch, there are several factors to consider when designing your dream bathroom. When creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing space, every detail counts, from layout and lighting to fixtures and finishes. Let’s dive in and explore some critical considerations when designing your custom bathroom.

1- Determine your needs

The first step in designing a bathroom is to determine your needs. Consider who will be using the bathroom and what their needs are. For example, a family bathroom must accommodate multiple users and provide storage for towels and toiletries. A master bathroom may require a separate shower, bathtub, and double vanity.  Don’t forget the towel warmer…mmmm so nice.

2- Consider the layout

The layout of a bathroom is crucial to its functionality. Consider the placement of the toilet, sink, and shower or bathtub. The layout should allow for easy movement and accessibility. If you're working with a small space, consider a compact layout, such as a corner shower or a wall-mounted sink.

3- Choose your fixtures

Choosing the right fixtures can make a big difference in a bathroom's overall look and feel. Consider the style of the fixtures and how they will complement the rest of the bathroom design. There are many options, including traditional, modern, and transitional styles. Decide on the bathtub, shower, sink, and toilet type that will work best for your needs.

4- Focus on lighting

Lighting is an essential aspect of any bathroom design. Consider the natural light sources in the room and how you can enhance them with artificial lighting. For example, installing a skylight or a window can bring in natural light, while task lighting (led lighting) around the vanity can provide ample light for getting ready in the morning.

5- Incorporate storage

Storage is essential in a bathroom, especially in a shared space. Consider built-in storage solutions, such as cabinets or shelves, to organize towels and toiletries. If space is limited, consider creative ideas like using vertical space or the back of the door. You can also optimize the medicine cabinet and use wall-mounted storage.

Incorporating these storage solutions into your bathroom design allows you to maximize your limited space while keeping your bathroom organized and functional.

6- Selecting Your Finishes

The finishes you choose for your bathroom can significantly impact the overall look and feel of the space and give it your personal touch. Bathrooms are high-moisture areas, so it's important to choose durable finishes that can withstand water and humidity. Look for materials such as porcelain, ceramic, and natural stone. Some finishes require more maintenance than others. For example, natural stone needs to be sealed regularly, while porcelain and ceramic are low-maintenance options.

Don't be afraid to mix and match finishes to add interest and depth to your bathroom design. For example, you could pair a matte tile with a glossy countertop or mix metals like chrome and brass.


Designing a bathroom involves a lot of planning and consideration. Each step is crucial to creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing space, from determining your needs and choosing the right fixtures to focusing on lighting and storage. Whether renovating an existing bathroom or starting from scratch, these tips can help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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