- Keep the counter and sink on the light and reflective side.
- Use tile rather than wood for flooring. (Wood absorbs light and reflects little.)
- Add sconces near the mirror in addition to overhead lighting.
- Use as large a mirror as warranted above the sink. Use more than one mirror.
- Consider lighter towels rather than darker.
For example, if the master bedroom has a Northwoods theme, using pinecones in the master bathroom keeps the look consistent and not overly busy. The same idea works between the powder room and great room. In a children’s bathroom, consider using easy-to-clean and safe materials, including vinyl shower curtains and non-breakable plastic or resin soap dishes, cups and toothbrush holders. Other handy accessories include easy-to-reach towel bars, hooks and a small step stool for brushing teeth and a soap dispenser rather than bar soap. Here are more tips for decorating large and small bathrooms.
- Keep it simple. Too many decor items can make it look cluttered.
- High-end lighting fixtures and faucets provide elegance without taking up space.
- Use reflective tile rather than fiberglass showers and tubs.
- Consider recessed overhead lights for a clean look.
- Pedestal sinks and claw foot tubs are visually lighter.
- A freestanding shelf unit or coat rack provides more space for towels and robes.
- Add a plant to the room for color and life.
- Consider a bench for putting on clothes.
- A mirrored make-up vanity with a seat keeps your personal primping private.
- Create a spa-like atmosphere with big cushy towels, rugs, large candles, and even a TV.