Having a luxurious, blissful master bathroom retreat is a must these days! But how do you get one? Today, I am going to walk you through the steps on how to create one and there’s a bonus checklist so you don’t forget anything!
We all have things we would love to have in our bathrooms. Are you yearning for double sinks or maybe a separate shower and tub. Maybe you have that already and you just want to update the finishes so it feels relaxing. I personally like to have completely separate vanities if possible but if not, two sinks are a must. I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to share a sink with my husband anymore!
I know when I injured my knee and had to have surgery, getting in and out of our tub/shower combo in our old house was a challenge ( and dangerous! ) Things happen in life so it’s best to be prepared. Some things to consider when designing a bathroom for aging in place:
Can you make your door into your bathroom wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary? The ADA recommends a door width of at least 32” to accommodate a wheelchair. Thankfully widening a door can be one of the easier things to do.
Curbless showers are a must. They allow you to just walk right into the shower without having to step over anything. I also like the clean design aesthetic it provides. My personal favorite are the shower and bathtub “rooms” like you see below.
You’ll also want to add a seat in your shower and have adjustable shower heads. These aren’t only good for aging in place but they’re also just nice to have!
If you want to learn more about aging in place design for bathrooms, you can check out more info on it here.
Okay. So now you know you want double sinks, separate shower and tub, and a private toilet area. How are you going to get all this in there? If you’re lucky, your bathroom already has this layout and it’s just a matter of updating the finishes.
Now you need to space plan, plan some more, and plan some more. Rarely does the first plan you come up with end up being the one you use. You have to spend some time really thinking about how you want to use the space. Imagine yourself in it, does it all make sense?
Even after you think you have the final plan things will come in demo or when you see it in real life you might decide you want to move something. I recommend doing this while they’re still in the framing phase because once drywall goes up it gets really expensive to make any changes!
The possible layouts you could go with are endless. And of course I recommend consulting a designer! I provide many different levels of service so if all you need is a floor plan, I can help with that. You can check out my different services here.
When working on the layout, also think about a wow moment. What’s the first thing you’re going to see when you walk in your bathroom? Three ways to create a WOW moment in your master bathroom are:
To achieve a luxurious, blissful master bathroom you’re going to need the right color palette. Color plays a huge role in our moods.
Okay, so now you have your layout done, you know what you want your bathroom to look like but where do you find all this stuff? My first tip is to stay away from big box stores if you can for tile. Splurge on the tile, save on the fixtures.
Now you’ve got all your samples and you know what look you’re going for, you need to make sure your design scheme is cohesive. Lay out your samples on plain white printer paper. This way they won’t pick up any of the undertones of what you have it on top of. Decide which tiles work best together.
Are your lighting fixtures going to be gold, polished nickel, black? You’ll want to repeat the color 2-3 times. I like to use polished nickel for faucets and plumbing in a bathroom because it’s a more timeless look and it adds some elegance. If you want to incorporate some black into your bathroom, use black knobs or towel racks.
What about paint colors? Pay particular attention to the whites in your bathroom-especially if you are using more than one white color. There are a lot of undertones to the color white and mixing the wrong one will make your bathroom look “dirty”.
A good way to help you decide what to use is to look at pictures of bathrooms you really like and pay attention to the details. What color is the hardware? Faucets? Tile? This will give you a good idea of what you need to do to create your luxurious master bathroom.
I hope this post has helped you get a general idea of goes into creating a luxurious blissful master bathroom retreat. Don’t forget to get your handy checklist so you don’t forget anything!