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Defining Style For Your Bathroom

minimalist bathroomAfter you've decided on a floor plan, you can begin to develop a decorating scheme. To give your design coherence, it helps to focus on a particular historical era, geographical region, or artistic movement - Victorian, Mediterranean or Art Deco, for example.Then you can choose fixtures, materials, and decorative details that will invoke this look.

Begin by looking for characteristics that define the rest of your home. Your new bathroom should blend in to the existing architecture. If your house doesn't have a definable architectural style, simply go with a look that you like. You still need something to unify your design, so you may want to start with a color scheme, tile, or vanity that you love, then look for other elements that will complement your choice.

Design Elements

In the confined quarters of the bathroom, a balanced, visually pleasing design is especially important. Through the skillful use of form, color, and texture, you can create a mood, camouflage flaws, and even make your bathroom appear larger.

bathroom styleImagine that you are looking at your bathroom plan head-on (you can make a sketch, or elevation drawing, from this perspective). Study the different lines that characterize the design - the vertical lines of the shower stall, the horizontals created by the cabinet tops - and imagine how they'll draw your eye through the space. Notice the interplay of shapes created by windows, doors, alcoves and large bathroom elements. Finally, check to see that your bathroom fixtures and other major features are in proportion to the size of the bathroom. If space is limited, choose scaled-down fixtures that reveal as much floor space as possible - a wall-mounted sink instead of a vanity, for example.

Your color scheme is integral to your design. Pale hues work well in a bathroom; they reflect light, which makes a space appear larger. Blues and greens also tend to create an illusion of extra space, and they seem especially appropriate in the watery environs of the bathroom. Dark shades, though, should be used judiciously because they can make a narrow bathroom seem shorter but can add drama to a drab one. If your bathroom is really big, dark colors can make it look rather impressive and stylish. Black and white contrasts create a modern look in your bathroom. If your bathroom is small, it is safest to stick with a monochromatic color scheme, especially if you want to create a restful mood.

The bathroom is chock-full of textures and patterns that can compete for attention in a small space. When you are considering how the various surfaces will look together, remember that natural materials, such as wood and stone will contribute to the mix of patterns, as will the grout lines in a tile installation.

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