If there is one room that can really make a difference when it comes to the overall appeal of your home, it has to be the bathroom. Realtors also claim that if you want to sell your house, you need to invest in the kitchen and the bathroom if you want to get a better price. So, regardless of whether you wish to remain living in the house or wish to put it up for sale, creating a unique yet functional bathroom is a must.
However, it’s not as easy as it may sound. Namely, there are quite a few things to consider when it comes to building or renovating your bathroom, but when it comes to design, going eclectic has its advantages. The fact that you draw inspiration from a wide range of sources means that your bathroom will be like no other. Still, it’s not just about randomly throwing together the old and the new, modern and rustic, etc. Let’s take a look at some elements that make a bathroom eclectic.
Old and new
One of the best ways to create an eclectic bathroom is to find old and new elements that go together well. For example, clean, modern lines, smooth tiles and state-of-the-art fixtures can be matched with a classic tub and an archaic tub-filler mechanism. Also, such a tub can be placed on a modern stand to achieve a contrasting, yet complementary effect. Finally, consider using rustic and natural elements, such as unfinished wood for mirror frames or storage cabinets.
If your bathroom is not particularly big, a ceiling-mount showerhead might be the right thing to include. An old, rustic showerhead may look great if matched with a modern, sleek bathroom vanity, but you need to hire a professional to check if the space above the bathroom can accommodate the necessary pipes. This can be a problem with attics, since they are often not properly insulated and you might have a problem with freezing.
Glass shower booth
Every mirror, window and other glass element provides visual continuity and makes the bathroom more beautiful. You can add a shower column where you can install a multi-head shower system and avoid paying for custom plumbing.
If you have a master bath, you may consider installing marble flooring and introducing a place to relax to make the most out of the combination of an older home and the new bathroom. A freestanding tub with a tub filler protruding from the floor only adds to the overall appeal of an eclectic bathroom.
You may use a round tub and “wrap” it in neutral colours or mosaic tiles to create a soothing atmosphere, especially if you can have a curved, windowed bay. To go even a step further, you might introduce limestone flooring.
If you have a small bathroom, you should know that a false wall of glass panels will diffuse light from the windows and you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of natural light without having to install large mirrors. Generally speaking, you should try to bring in as much light as possible, especially into a bathroom that is not big enough.
Imagine stone floor tiles combined with a corner shower, complemented with an ultramodern toilet, a vanity with clean lines and a contemporary counter. Preferably, you’d avoid shower curtains, which are not only more difficult to maintain but also less practical than glass or plastic panels.
One of the less frequently used materials for countertops is concrete, but it can be extremely effective if combined with a freestanding bathtub. However, you have to rely on an experienced contractor and fabricator, since working with concrete is quite difficult, especially if you wish to use it for your countertop.
Having an opportunity to create or renovate your bathroom is both challenging and exciting. However, if you know exactly what you want, you should be able to make something unique, which can easily become the most outstanding room in your home.