First and foremost a bathroom must be safe and functional. The faucets should not leak, the drains should clear quickly and the toilet should not run. Whether you have fancy vessel or double sinks, a pedestal sink or a simple basin, the water should flow freely without splashing and it should drain quickly – you’d be surprised how poorly designed some sinks can be. The same holds true for the shower:
- the shower curtain and liner should slide freely;
- curved shower curtain rods add extra elbow room and provide a modern look.
Water is the enemy in any home – it can do irreparable damage which is often unnoticed until it is too late; that’s why it is important to address leaks and drips as soon as they are identified. The warm and moist environment of a bathroom can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew so it is important to look for textiles with mildew resistant properties and quick dry features. A heated towel rack is a great addition to any bathroom because it ensures wet towels will dry quickly and completely. Use a heated towel rack to warm blankets and baby clothes, dry swimwear and fine washables and reduce the chill in a small bathroom.
VIGO Mediterranean Seashell Tempered Glass Vessel Sink with Faucet, $281.99 – www.bedbathandbeyond.com
A handheld showerhead is another practical addition to almost every bathroom. Use it to shampoo hair, bathe children, wash pets, water plants or to clean the tub or shower enclosure. Most can be installed without the assistance of a plumber and they will transform your bath or shower experience. A handheld showerhead makes it easy to target the water spray precisely where you want it.