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Functional Bathroom Design

A general rule for functional bathroom design is to keep everything simple and avoid too many add-ons. Many homeowners are finding the minimalist theme more attractive and comfortable than packed, compact bathrooms. By stripping down unnecessary ornaments and leaving only what you need, you can make room for a larger, more comfortable bath, emphasize space and design, and put together a low-cost but luxurious bathroom. Read on to find out how you can make a minimalist bathroom design work for you.

Maximize available space

Minimalist BathroomThe key to a good minimalist bathroom is to leave wall and floor space as bare as possible. It doesn't have to be plain and boring – just stay away from busy patterns and oversized furniture. A simple line or curve is enough to break the monotony while keeping with the minimalist theme. Choose small wall-mounted cabinets over freestanding ones, put shelves in corners, and use pedestal or wall sinks rather than countertops.

Subtract, not add

Take what you already have and change it to accommodate your new style, rather than crowding your bathroom with new fixtures. Simply repaint your walls or change the flooring, or get rid of unnecessary hangings and leave only the essentials. You can also move your tub or shower area to a less conventional spot, away from the wall and closer to the center to emphasize a large space.

Function comes first

In a minimalist space, every detail draws attention and has to be there for a reason. A hanging arched faucet is both decorative and functional, as is a delicate bowl sink built into a counter. Look for smaller fixtures and furniture that offer the same comfort and function as their large counterparts.

Organise your storage

Clutter can completely ruin a minimalist look, so it's important to put your things in neatly organized spaces. Minimalist storage involves setting a basic storage unit and installing it in groups. A row of small open shelves on the wall or cabinets under the counter is a good example. Also, make sure your cabinets fit into the simplistic theme – avoid visible hardware, large wooden doors, and elaborate knobs and handles. Some alternatives are touch latches, bar pulls, and plain knobs.

Combine colors and materials

Color ChartMost minimalist advocates will insist on a neutral or monochromatic color theme, limiting themselves to various shades of a single color. While it does help keep things simple, it leaves little room for creativity. You can add visual interest to your bathroom by experimenting with bold or contrasting colors. A simple colored stripe or jeweled sink can make a big difference. You can also combine natural and man-made materials for a subtle yet striking contrast, such as glass and stone or steel and wood.

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