Ultimate Guide for an Updated Bathroom

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We've gathered all of our best advice and helpful information in one place for a comprehensive guide to bathroom decor and renovation. Find must-know tips about shopping for large items, small details, petite bathrooms, and kids' spaces. See our list of sections below to get started.

In This Guide:

  • Small Bathroom Fixtures

  • Large Bathroom Fixtures

  • Renovation Planning

  • Small Space Solutions

  • Decorating Your Bathroom

  • Kids' Bathrooms

Small Bathroom Fixtures

When it comes to a petite space like a bathroom, the tiniest details can make a huge difference. Small fixtures (faucets, towel holders, lighting) impact the space both visually and functionally. Faucets offer an array of functions (from no-touch to water-efficient) while hardware finishes help define the style of a bathroom. 

Consistency is key when it comes to hardware. To create a cohesive space, be sure to use the same finish throughout on all lighting, faucets, and knobs. For a vintage look, consider antique-style features, like cross-knob faucets. To keep it modern, stick with brushed nickel or chrome fixtures.

For lighting, a set of wall sconces nestled on either side of the mirror offer the most flattering level of brightness. An overhead light is another must-have, providing maximum illumination for cleaning, showering, and getting ready in the morning.

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Large Bathroom Fixtures

Large fixtures anchor a space, so be sure to consider your style and function needs before purchasing. Replacing a vanity can completely change the space's look, depending upon finish, color, or style. Vanities are also a key place to incorporate storage, whether it's with a series of open shelves below the sink or a spacious cabinet.

Installing a new bathtub is also a labor-intensive project, but it comes with lots of style and luxury opportunities. See below for more ideas on how to choose a bathtub, vanity, or sink. 

Good to Know:  Vanity bases come in a variety of sizes, however most double sink vanities are about 60 inches wide.

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Renovation Planning

The right layout can make or break a bathroom. It's crucial to take time to look at how you use the space and what size fixtures will work best before beginning a bathroom renovation. 

While deluxe amenities (from heated tile floors to high-quality rain shower heads) are great for a master bath that gets daily use, scented candles and ample lighting are perfect simple additions to infrequently-used guest bathrooms. 

Design Tip:  When considering fixture placement, install bigger pieces (shower, toilet, bathtub, vanity) at least 30 inches apart from each other, a wall, or another feature.

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Small Space Solutions

Organizing is key when it comes to designing and decorating a small bathroom. If you're renovating, carefully plan the layout to efficiently use your limited space. 

It's especially important to keep clutter to a minimum in a small bath. Consider a tall, skinny linen tower to store towels and toiletries, while over-the-toilet shelves make the most of wall space to display candles, picture frames, or house a tissue box.

Design Tip:  For an ultra-small bathroom, keep the space open and airy with wall-mounted sinks and open console vanities.

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Decorating Your Bathroom

When you're looking to do an easy update, the bathroom is a great place to start because a little goes a long way. Give your bathroom a new look with updated linens, a fresh shower curtain, or a decorative vanity tray.

Style Tip: Try out a trend in small doses by testing it out in the bathroom, whether it's a bold pattern, bright color, or interesting detail. 

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Kids' Bathrooms

When it comes to kids' bathrooms, it's all about safety features and playful decor. Take into account bath time, the age of your kids, and how much storage they will need when designing the space. For decor, there are countless theme options. Decorate with bold, bright colors for a tween bathroom, or do a playful sea-life theme for younger kids. Check out some of our ideas below!

Good to Know: Bathroom trash is often full of hazardous items like razors and used toiletries, so make sure to keep trash in a secure bin with a lid or inside a safety-proofed cabinet.


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