Bathrooms today are also known as lavatories, toilets, restrooms, and powder rooms. Once thought of as only a necessary place in the house to bathe and brush teeth, today's bathroom has become a showroom with sleek design, complete with all the amenities of a high-end spa.


Adding Pizzazz to Your Bathroom

The discerning homeowner no longer wants a simple place to store the toilet, shower, bathtub, and sink. After hours spent watching home makeover shows, many people envision a place equipped with saunas, tub Jacuzzis, water fountain faucets, electric towel dryers, heated floors, inlaid accent tiles, and his and her accessories. With a little imagination, even those on a tight budget can create a home bathroom worthy of showcasing.

Keeping the Bathroom Functional

Obviously, a bathroom should still contain the basic components of toilet and sink and, in the case of a "full" bath, a shower or tub as well. But many of today's bathrooms include much more. They can be a place to relax, unwind, and take a long soak after a hard day, showcase tropical plants, apply makeup, curl up in front of a fireplace, and even display artwork.

In a larger bathroom, a comfortable chair or small loveseat can be placed, and the bathroom is transformed into a sitting area. When designing your bathroom, remember to combine functionality with beauty, whether you're installing sconces, towel hangers, paper towel holders, faucets, fixtures, shower stalls, curtains, tiles, mirrors, or otherwise.

High-End Style In The Bathroom Doesn't Necessarily Mean High-End Cost

The possibilities are endless when it comes to bathroom remodeling and renovation. There are those rooms that bring back the romance of a French boudoir, some that are sleek and futuristic with stainless steel sinks and faucets, still others designed to look and feel like a Japanese bathhouse. All of these styles can be achieved based on choices made on a few basic features:

And while you could certainly go all out with a natural stone or tile shower, marble countertops, fixtures with gold trim and custom pieces, a similar look can also be created using a few inexpensive cans of paint, decorative drawer pulls and hardware and off-the-shelf components. The popularity of home improvement and makeover shows attest to the fact that homeowners appreciate cost-conscious, yet high-end style. Whether washing your hands or washing away the cares of a day, today's bathroom can offer both a functional and fashionable retreat.