Ask yourself these questions when designing your bathroom.

Bathtub, Shower, Both or Neither?

Depending on the type of bathroom you are designing, you are going to need to ask yourself what you are going to do about this aspect of your bathroom. The first thing to consider is what you are using the bathroom for. Most bathrooms today have at least a shower. The shower has really become a bathroom staple. As far as a bathtub goes, you are going to look at it a little differently. Because bathtubs aren’t as popular as they used to be, you may want to skip it in your bathroom design unless you need it for children or handicap reasons. The same can be said if you have a smaller bathroom. For example, if you have a guest bathroom with limited space, you obviously can't include a shower or bathtub. If you have a guest bathroom, you may not need either one. If you want a guest bathroom with everything to accommodate a guest for an extended period of time, you may want to consider adding a shower or bathtub.

How Much Storage do you Need?

Storage is an important aspect of any bathroom. Often times a bathroom incorporates many loose items such as towels, soap dispensers, toothbrushes, shampoo bottles and anything else you can think of. This is where storage is helpful not only for having a place to store your items but to help your bathroom look cleaner and more organized. So what kind of storage do you need? Most storage comes in the form of a vanity or closet to begin with. Other popular options are stand alone storage units, drawer units or wall shelves. All of these options offer you a wide selection of storage methods as well as versatility. If you prefer to hide your items and give your bathroom a more simple or minimalist feel, consider using a storage option that conceals your stored items. If you want to display some of your items, try using some shelves to add a design factor to your bathroom. Shelves in and of themselves can be beautiful fixtures to incorporate in your bathroom design. This is something to consider when designing your bathroom in regards to storage. Overall, no matter what size your bathroom is, you need storage space in your bathroom design.

Which Bathroom Accessories do you Need?

For your bathroom, you definitely want to include the accessories that fit in best with your personal preferences as well as the theme of your bathroom. Some accessories are quite necessary however, no matter what theme your bathroom is going for. For example, accessories such as towel bars and toilet paper holders are critical to include in your bathroom. These fixtures perform functions that are necessary in your bathroom no matter what design you are going for. Other accessories that are important for your bathroom include soap dishes, soap dispensers, shower baskets and toothbrush holders help promote cleanliness and organization. These accessories all offer unique benefits to your bathroom design. That being said, if these accessories aren't enough, you should try to seek out some accessories that will more appropriately and effectively work in your specific bathroom design. All of these accessories improve your bathroom in some way, so it is definitely worth considering all of your options in this aspect.

What Kind of Lighting do you Need?

Lighting is an extremely important factor when designing your bathroom. Lighting comes in many different forms including both natural and artificial. Both offer benefits that improve the overall atmosphere of your bathroom. Natural lighting can be incorporated by including windows or skylights. Artificial lighting comes in several different forms including mirror lighting, floor lighting, ceiling lighting and countertop lighting to name a few. If you are going for a more natural theme in your bathroom, try using large windows in your bathroom. If you like a more modern feel, you can also use windows, but you may also like some LED lighting. LED lighted mirrors are a good consideration.

What’s Your Vanity Situation?

Depending on the size and style of your bathroom, your vanity situation will be different. If you have a big bathroom, you might want to consider a large or double vanity depending on how many people are going to be using it. A double vanity offers more countertop space and storage space and it can accommodate a larger mirror that you may want to include. If you have a single or smaller bathroom, you can find many vanity/mirror combos that add a stylish and practical fixture to your bathroom. Floating vanities are good for conserving space and can be mounted at any height to accommodate for any person. A floor standing vanity can be fixed to the floor or it can be moved to your preferred location. Vanities are essential to any bathroom design because need both storage as well as a sink. Unless you have a wall mounted or pedestal sink, a vanity is going to be a necessary fixture.

Final Note

The bathroom design process can sometimes be difficult because of how many options you have and how much goes into it. Ask yourself these questions when planning out your bathroom design.