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border and bath

Bathrooms are often an overlooked area in the home. Many factors have to be taken into consideration when planning any changes as renovation and even mirror facilities can cost a lot of money. This is not only functional, but also be a part of your living space; a place to spend time in and relax.

Today, we will describe the bathroom of a young girl, who wanted the cramped space to become more stylish and classy. Despite the lack of space, she wanted a new shower, water closet (WC), wash basin and decorative tiles.

So we renovated the bathroom with a new layout plan. The right décor can make a small room look larger than it really is. Paler, pastel shades are better for giving the illusion of light and space. We picked matte beige tiles for the floor and walls, with a pretty, decorative maple-leaf patterned border set 2'-6” over the wash basin counter and around the walls. We also placed a few of the decorative tiles around the walls.

The compact 32”x48” new shower enclosure was placed at one end corner. It looks very modern, and keeps the bathroom dry. Undoubtedly an important aspect of your new bath's design is storage. No matter what the size of the bathroom, it should contain reasonable amount of storage. So, we made a small marble-topped cabinet under the wash basin. The new wash basin and WC are ivory-coloured, to go with the tiles. The cabinet basin is ideal for storing dressing kits. In keeping with the maple leaf theme, we put in a maple-leaf patterned mirror, and installed a small false ceiling with spot light. Lighting is another important factor to consider. A bathroom normally has less natural accessories than other rooms in your home; therefore special attention should be paid to lighting the different area of your bathroom. We used the spotlights in specific areas such as over the wash basin or surface tops. Efficient mirror lighting for making up should direct into your face, not into the mirror. When light shines all around the mirror, it presents a shadow less image, much clearer and safer for making up.

A common problem in any bathroom is moisture, which condenses on the walls, steams up windows and mirrors and generally adds to the dampness problem. If the house is old and window is not spacious this moisture problem becomes regular feature. So, we did not put the linen closet in the bathroom. We also placed a small window and an exhaust fan to keep the room moisture free.

Accessories can make a bathroom attractive. We fitted our bathroom with a proper trowel bar, soap case, tissue holder, etc. What results is a bathroom that's functional, convenient, and looks gorgeous too.

Nazneen Haque Mimi
Interior Consultant
E-mail: journeym@citechco.net
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan



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