(ARA) – More bathrooms today are being transformed into personal retreats where homeowners can unwind and surround themselves with luxurious amenities and spa-like treatments. But, with limited spaces and limited budgets, not everyone can create the bathroom of their dreams. The good news is that homeowners can take simple steps to give their existing bathrooms a sophisticated makeover without paying the price of luxury. Quick changes can make a big difference when it comes to updating your bathroom with style.
To give your bathroom a quick and easy face-lift, consider clever cosmetics like changing out the faucets. First, determine the type of faucet you’re replacing to make sure you purchase the same configuration to fit in the existing sink or counter holes. Most bathroom faucets are sold in standard four-inch or eight-inch center spread configurations, referring to the distance between the holes on your sink. The four-inch center spread is the most common for bathrooms, and it usually comes in one-handle or two-handle designs.
With hundreds of faucet finishes and designs, the next step is choosing a style that complements existing cabinetry details, the room’s current color palette and the other hardware. Brushed metal finishes are currently very popular and mix well with wood and stone. When it comes to faucet designs, many manufacturers, such as JADO, offer different styles and forms from contemporary to classic and widespread to single lever. JADO’s IQ series by architect Matteo Thun, for example, offers a modern option with geometric, sleek lines, while the company’s Ornate series is neoclassical in style for a traditional bath, and the Hatteras collection features banded details that complement most kinds of décor.
For many, space is the ultimate luxury. Convenient storage options help you update your bathroom with stylish additions that eliminate unnecessary clutter. Manufacturers are creating storage cabinets, shelving, furniture and other creative options as individual pieces or part of their bathroom collections. Porcher’s 5th and 57th Collection, for example, features Art Deco-inspired details and luxury materials on pieces that can be used as focal points for the bathroom, such as an apothecary cabinet and a storage cabinet with drawers and doors.
To save floor space — and give the illusion of creating space in the room — Porcher’s Kyomi series offers a wall-hung side cabinet that seems to float compactly on the wall. The cabinet comes with either glass doors or wood doors, depending on whether you want to display or hide items. The company’s Tetsu collection features traditional cabinet and shelving space savers, but also a relaxing chair with built-in storage areas and a removable cushion that flips over to become a tray for spa treatments, herbal tea or a glass of wine. Depending on the available space in your bathroom, you can also consider adding an antique piece of furniture to double as an accent piece for storage. No matter what storage option you choose, by putting away toiletries and clutter, your bathroom will get an instant — and inexpensive — makeover.
Well-placed and high-styled accessories can add a luxurious lift to this hardworking room. Select a motif or mood you want to create for your bathroom that plays off existing colors, fixtures or styles. Then, use accessories such as candles, mirrors, artwork, accent lights, curtains or towels to add complementary layers of visual interest and usable items for the bath. You can also choose among the accessories in a manufacturer’s collection. The Tetsu collection, for example, features an aroma therapy candle box that creates a home spa experience. By accessorizing, decluttering and replacing faucets, you can relax in a luxurious retreat.
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