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Last Minute Bathroom Design Checklist
When you choose Metropolitan Bath and Tile you work with talented bathroom designers who will create a look that will always exceed your expectations- whether it’s a partial update or a full remodeling.
Your tile, cabinets and tub/shower are the major choices you’ll be making but be sure to consider all the possibilities during the planning process so your bathroom is everything you imagined it could be:
Lighting – don’t be “blue”
Many bathrooms come with builders-grade fluorescent lighting, which discolors everything with a blue tinge and drains your energy. You can opt for color-corrected “daylight’ fluorescent, LED or halogen for a more natural (& flattering) white light. Grooming and makeup application is best done in as natural a light as you can create; especially if you’re lacking in windows. Don’t go for a single light as it creates shadows. Think of layering your lighting with task lighting, ambient (reflective light), accent and decorative lighting that will dress up the bath and rid the room of dark spots.
Fixtures- coordinate your finishes for a polished look
MetroBath designers know that coordinating your metals gives you a pulled-together look. Start by updating the faucet with a new, sleek style in a new finish, such as antique nickel, oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel or stainless steel. Look at all your metal in the room—don’t overlook updating the hardware on your cabinets, add towel bars, faucets, showerheads, accessories – at least in the same tonal range if you don’t like a totally-matched look.
Accessories – use a light touch
Don’t over accessories in your bathroom – let your beautiful new fixtures and tile be the stars. Put away those dust-catching knick-knacks and fake plants. Instead choose one beautiful plant that adds life or a color, such as an orchid. A bathroom is only pristine and peaceful when it’s clutter-free.Choose accessories wisely that are beautiful and functional to pull together your design. Adding complementary or contrasting color towels and cozy bathmats can brighten up your bathroom and create a finished and cohesive look. In addition, accessories such as toothbrush and cup holders, towel bars and soap dishes available in coordinating finishes to match your faucets can add not only style, but additional storage solutions to avoid clutter. Depending on the size of your bathroom space, you may need to limit your choices. Be sure to choose the few that communicate your message effectively while maintaining a clean look and feel.
Save yourself time and money by investing in quality surfaces that maintain their appearance through the years and stay cleaner longer… like spot resistant faucets that turn on and off with motion sensors and bacteria/stain-resistant quartz countertops (i.e.Silestone) that wipe up like new in a jiffy. No matter what style you choose for your design – keep it sparkling and waterspot-free for that brand-new look.
Don’t have grab bars in your current bathroom? Add them this time. They add a big measure of safety in a sometimes-slippery room. You can make the bathroom less precarious for all ages with strategically-placed, stylish bars that can coordinate with your fixtures and add stability in the bathroom. If you have room, add a built-in shower bench or install a handy folding or retractable one if you don’t. If you have space you can even add two support bars around your toilet – an appreciated addition for young and old alike.
Adjust the heights of countertops or toilets to fit the comfort of the everyday bathroom visitors in your family – extra comfort if your family is extra tall or petite. Less climbing and reaching for things out of reach means less accidents- a bathroom designed by MetroBath is always customized with your needs in mind.
Want to do away with one more barrier? Try a curbless shower stall, a popular feature for disability access and stylish in european-style, open showers.
Warmth like a Spa
Hate the cold chill when you step out of the shower? Upgrade with radiant wall tiles, towel-warmers or in-floor heating systems that install like an electric blanket under your new tile and you’ll have warmer toes in the winter and lower heating bills.
Visit one of our 4 Bathroom Showrooms in Maryland and Northern Virginia and browse our complete bathroom displays to get you started. You’ll discover that your bathroom’s design by Metropolitan Bath and Tile will be professionally planned and executed down to the details that mean the most to you. Start today and mark “dream bathroom” off your checklist.