Trend spotlight: Wall mounted vanities

The aptly named floating vanity gained new heights in 2020 as a popular bathroom design feature. Aside from having an intriguing name, floating vanities have a unique, memorable appearance: they look like they’re hovering above the bathroom floor.

But instead of using magic, floating vanities are very practically grounded to the back wall or side walls of the bathroom. Not only do they look cool, but the space below the vanity makes storage and cleaning easier than ever.

Let’s take a look at the top styles of floating vanities:

Single Sink Floating Vanities

Like the name suggests, a single sink floating vanity features just one sink. With the sink perched dead center, this style of floating vanity is well-balanced and pleasantly symmetrical. Available in both small and mid-range sizes, it’s perfect for bathrooms of all sizes and layouts.

Wall to Wall Floating Vanities

If you have extra real estate in your bathroom, you can upgrade your single sink vanity to a wall-to-wall model. This style of vanity is anchored by three points: the back wall and both side walls. This puts an interesting twist on traditional single sink floating vanities, which are only anchored by the far wall. Thanks to their larger profile, wall to wall vanities provide extra space for storage and decoration.

Double Sink Floating Vanities

Also known as “his and her” vanities, double sink vanities feature two sinks. This style of vanity is perfect for couples and shared bathrooms. Double sink vanities are roomy, providing ample storage space both above and below the vanity, especially if you opt for a model with built-in cabinets or shelves.

Custom Wall Mounted Vanities

With a little DIY ingenuity. you can craft a floating vanity that perfectly complements your bathroom’s style and layout. And if you’re not particularly craftsy, that’s okay too–there are plenty of talented interior design firms out there that would love to help you realize your “vision” for your new floating vanity. The upshot of a custom vanity is that they come in almost every style, color, material, and design you can dream up!

Which is your favorite style of floating vanity? Let us know in the comments!

5 ways to make a small bathroom feel bigger

Do you have a small bathroom that you wish was a little roomier? Is it impossible to physically change the structure of your bathroom? If you feel like your bathroom is too small and claustrophobic, yet you cannot easily make structural renovations, you can easily create some extra space just by getting creative with the interior design.

A small bathroom is not the end of the world, and you do not necessarily need to renovate the blueprint to make it more comfortable. All you need to do is make a couple tweaks to your existing accessories. Here are a couple small bathroom design ideas, which can save you a lot of time and money down the road.

Big Mirrors

It goes without saying that you need a mirror in your bathroom, but have you considered getting the largest possible mirror that could fit on the wall?

Mirrors act a lot like windows, spreading light all throughout the room. So, the larger the mirror, the more light gets reflected. A large mirror creates the illusion that the bathroom is big.

If you have a small mirror that hangs over the sink, consider swapping it out for a single mirror large enough to cover the entire wall. It will also brighten up the bathroom considerably.

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Large Floor Tiles

If you have small floor tiles, they should probably go. Not only are they more difficult to clean, but they catch the eye and divide the room up into tiny pieces. Small floor tiles create the illusion that the bathroom is actually much smaller than it truly is.

The easy solution? Use large floor tiles, and they should be plain in color. Fewer lines on the floor contribute to a less cluttered look. The space will immediately open up, and the floor will be much easier to keep clean. A clean bathroom always looks brighter and larger than a dirty one.

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Clear Glass Shower Doors

If you do not have clear glass shower doors, chances are, whatever you do have is creating an “extra wall.” Having an “extra wall” makes your bathroom look much smaller than it actually is.

If you can get a clear glass shower door, you will remove the wall effect that occurs with a curtain and textured glass. The light will be reflected throughout the room, and the space will literally open up.

Clear glass shower doors are also much easier to clean, and are splash proof. If possible, you should choose a frameless clear glass shower door, as having no frame will omit all visual barriers.

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Floating Shelves

All bathrooms need storage space, but the way you design it can make or break the visual effect of the bathroom.

Rather than have a clunky cabinet, see if you can install open shelves that are closer to the ceiling. The shelves will be up and out of the way, and the walls will look further back than they actually are. This makes the room apear bigger, even with the same amount of storage space.

If you have some room between two studs, you can also install open shelves to create a recessed shelving unit.

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Tiles up to the ceiling

The more divisions you have throughout the bathroom, the smaller the bathroom will feel. That is why it is important to install stylish tile all the way up to the ceiling on your walls. You should take out any trim that is between the wall and the ceiling. Even though trim might be cheaper, it will make the walls appear shorter and the space much smaller.

Even if you do not have a high ceiling, having one material from floor to ceiling will make the room appear taller than it actually is. The space will dramatically open up.

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Conclusion

As you can see, all is not lost if you feel like you have a small bathroom. All you need to do is make some little changes to the existing space. The most important thing is to focus on bringing in more light, which you can do by removing any “walls,” and adding large mirrors.

There are plenty of more small bathroom tips for making your bathroom look even larger, but hopefully this is enough to get you started. The next step is to start making some changes, and watch your bathroom grow!

Browse: bathtub designs

When you walk into a bathroom, what do you notice first? Most likely, it’s the bathtub. That’s because the bath is considered the “centerpiece” of the room, which means it’s not only a visual focal point, but a piece that helps set the mood and atmosphere of the room.

When it comes to choosing the right bathtub for your space, there are many distinct styles and designs to choose from. Here is a gallery of some of the most popular bathtub styles:

Clawfoot tub

Freestanding tub with legs

Alcove tub

Bath and shower combination tub

Freestanding tubs

Granite freestanding bath

Copper freestanding tub

Round “soup bowl” bath

6 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

So the day has come when you have officially decided that your bathroom just has to go. The walls are too yellow, the floor is too white, the cabinets are too green, the shower is too cramped. Whatever it may be, you simply cannot stand the sight of your bathroom anymore. Unfortunately, however, you have to use this bathroom multiple times a day.

Luckily, there are many ways you can renovate your bathroom, by yourself, without breaking the bank. All you need is a little bit of time, a burst of creativity, and some basic (but powerful) DIY skills. To help get you started, we have compiled a list of 6 budget-friendly bathroom remodeling ideas.

Upgrade the vanity with a fresh coat of paint

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Rather than completely replace the old bathroom cabinets, just apply a couple fresh coats of new paint. Before you get started on any design changes, be sure to repair any part of the vanity that is broken or damaged. You also need to sand off any paint that is chipping or pealing back. This will help the new paint stick. Once you have “built” the vanity of your dreams, you should pick out a new paint color and finish, and get painting.

This is a great time to get a little creative! Maybe you want to add a piece of trim or replace a couple door knobs, replace the sink, or install matching bathroom accessories (like towel holders, mirrors, and toilet paper holders). Small changes like this are easily affordable if you shop at an antique shop, go to a secondhand store, or stop by a local yard sale.

Update your shower with a rain-style showerhead

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Rain-style showerheads are very contemporary and stylish. You have your choice of finishes like chrome or brass for a modern and sleek look, and brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze for a warmer look.

The perks of these showerheads go beyond the looks, however: they are gentler than your smaller showerhead, and they offer better coverage. This is because the showerhead is wider, giving a larger surface area for the water to fall through.

Budget-savvy homeowners can find many affordable models at home improvement stores and online. They are very easy to install and make a great afternoon DIY project. All you need to do is a simple Google search to see what you like, buy it, install it, then experience it!

Revamp your hardware

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Your bathroom hardware can really make you cringe, especially if you feel like the handles are always dirty or stand out in an unsightly way. Not to mention, broken or loose knobs are simply annoying. Fortunately, new hardware can breathe new life into your existing bathroom cabinets.

If you’re comfortable with home improvement tools, you have more options. You can replace old hardware with hardware that does not align with the previous holes. More advanced DIY skills makes it possible for you to drill these new holes, and to carefully cover up the old holes. That being said, it might be simpler to pick out new hardware that match up with the holes on your cabinets. This could safe you a lot of time too.

You can also install new faucets on your sink and in your shower. This is like wearing a different scarf with the same white shirt. It adds a fresh touch to your bathroom, and can easily tie the entire room together, all while keeping the existing bathroom vanity intact.

Transform a plain wall with statement tiles

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When you dress up a wall with statement tiles, you are essentially creating a feature wall. The feature wall adds character and personality to the room, especially if the bathroom is a little boring. Your feature wall can be subtle but bold, colorful but peaceful, artistic but simple. The choice is yours.

Statement walls in bathrooms are easy because most bathroom walls are small. The statement wall can be in the shower, behind the mirror, or where you hang your towels. If you want, you can tie the statement wall into a colorful floor pattern. As for materials, an inexpensive option is the 3×6 inch subway tiles.

Statement tiles are a great way to let your personality shine, and to add a splash of color and design to your bathroom, without breaking the bank or your back. A feature wall might be exactly what your bathroom needs.

Update your light fixtures

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Bathroom lighting is supposed to be functional. You need to be able to clearly see your face. Lighting, however, should also be beautiful, and there are many different options for tying practicality with aesthetics. One idea is the showstopper chandelier.

Chandeliers really add an elegant look to your bathroom, making it suitable for an opera singer. Not to mention, the light is cast about the room in dancing patterns. Be sure to pick out a chandelier that ties into the rest of your bathroom in terms of size, style and color.

Maybe the lighting in your current bathroom is really poor, and any upgrade will do wonders. If you are looking for a simple and practical effect, you can always opt for wall fixtures with patterned or plain glass features. These are stunningly gorgeous and add a refreshing sparkle to your bathroom.

Install a Prefabricated Bath or Shower

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Has your shower seen better days? Perhaps it is full of cracks, dripping with yellow stains, or coated with mold and mildew that just will not budge? Maybe you are hesitant to even think about replacing your bath or shower for fear that it will be too expensive. Unfortunately, it can be very expensive to replace your shower, especially if you hire a professional to build you a custom shower from square one. That being said, you have possibilities.

If you are trying to stay within your means (both talent- and budget-wise), you should consider a pre-fabricated shower unit. There are so many options to choose from, and they are much more affordable. If you simply cannot live with the idea of a pre-fabricated shower, you might be able to tile over your existing polyurethane shower pan. The outcome depends largely on the condition of your existing shower structure and your DIY skills.

Conclusion

Remodeling your bathroom can be fun, affordable, and a wonderful learning experience. You get to be creative, work with what you have, and see your vision come to fruition. It is important to do your research on where to get the most affordable (but durable) remodelling supplies, and to ask for help if you are having trouble remodeling on your own.

There are so many ideas on the web that you can browse for inspiration before you get started on your bathroom remodeling adventure. Let us know what you come up with, and feel free to share any and all questions in the comments below. We cannot wait to see what you create!

Top Bathroom Design Trends in 2020

Floating vanities, backlit mirrors, and dark, mysterious wallpaper. Take a step into the dramatic landscape of a 2020 bathroom, and those are just of the features that will pop out at you. Overall, 2020 bathroom design is trending towards dark and contemporary. Hardware and vanities should be kept minimalistic, but when it comes to wallpaper and decor, let your wild side run free. 

Let’s take a look at 2020’s most popular bathroom design trends: 

Dark floral wallpaper

Wallpaper has made a big comeback in the last year, from jaunty animal prints to lush florals. Bathrooms are no exception to the wallpaper trend. Dark prints featuring flowers, ferns, and jungle plants are creeping into modern bathrooms faster than kudzu across a forest floor.  

via Ellie Cashman Design

Floating vanity 

Abracadabra! Watch with delight and fascination as your bathroom vanity hovers seamlessly over your bathroom floor. Just kidding–it’s mounted to the wall. But the effect is still really cool. Floating vanities are quickly overtaking traditional free-standing vanities in 2020. Not only do they make a dramatic visual statement, but they’re also much easier to clean under than floor-sitting vanities. 

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Wall-mounted faucets

Most bathroom faucets are integrated with the bathroom vanity, but that’s changing in 2020. Wall-mounted faucets emerge directly from the wall above the sink basin instead of from the vanity behind the basin. The overall look is reminiscent of an old-fashioned wash basin from the days when water came in a cold jug from a nearby well, not modern plumbing. In addition to looking cool and minimalistic, wall-mounted faucets free up space on your vanity and eliminate the tricky task of scrubbing around the faucet and knobs.

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Round mirrors

Bathrooms tend to feature lots of hard lines and right angles: square vanities, rectangular tubs, sharp-cornered mirrors. Adding smooth, organic shapes like circles and ovals can help break up the bathroom’s naturally harsh geometry. A large, round mirror mounted above the vanity will do just that. Bonus points if it’s backlit by LED strips!

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Welcome to the jungle…

…our perhaps just a trendy bathroom in 2020. What do you think of this year’s popular bathroom design trends: are you rushing out for backlit mirrors and wilderness-inspired wallpaper, or are you waiting for today’s dramatic trends to slink back into the forest from whence they came? Let us know in the comments!