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5 Essentials for a Dreamy and Airy Bathroom

There’s nothing like coming home after a long day at work to a peaceful sanctuary. Sometimes it could be a light and airy bedroom, but there’s something to be said about a dreamy and airy bathroom! I’m so excited to have Kathy Kuo back on the blog to show us her 5 essentials for a dreamy and airy bathroom! Be sure to check out her latest posts here and here! Enjoy!

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left image via House Beautiful
right image via House Beautiful

1. A Statement Tub

The bathtub is the obvious focal point of any bathroom, and the one you choose has a huge impact on the space. Choose a tub that’ll both make a statement and make sense for your design style. One of our favorites is the freestanding claw foot tub for a traditional and luxe feel due to all of the opulent carving and detailing. Pedestal tubs or platform tubs can also bring just as much of a wow factor, especially in a more modern space (and they’re typically less costly!). Whichever you choose, indulge a bit and opt for a soaking tub or whirlpool tub to make your baths even more relaxing!

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right image via jacquelynclark.com

2. Smart Lighting

Lighting is absolutely critical in the bathroom: there are mirrors everywhere and you want your lighting to help maintain a relaxing, ethereal vibe. For your general ambiance lighting, use a chandelier, pendant, or ceiling-mounted light. Keep in mind that fluorescent bulbs casts a blue tint, and they can be very stark and dramatic in the bathroom while incandescent bulbs give an orange glow that are radiant and a touch more subdued (but they aren’t as bright). The most important lighting in the bathroom is near the mirror. If your bathroom allows for it, choose a pair of sconces for each side of the mirror and place them at eye level with a third light right above the mirror. This lighting arrangement illuminates your face from every side and eliminates shadows while you get ready and apply makeup.   

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right image via meyerandmeyerarchitects.com

3. Fun and Functional Floors

Here are the bare necessities for bathroom floors: they need to be durable, impervious to water, and slip-resistant. But to capture that dreamy bathroom aesthetic, they also need to be beautiful. The most luxurious choices are stone or ceramic tiles, and we’ve seen fun and colorful tile designs become increasingly popular in interiors over just this past year. For an added bonus, add in-floor radiant heating to take the chill off the floors for when you first step into the bathroom in the morning.

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right image via amdolcevita.com
bottom image via House Beautiful

4. A Peaceful Palette

Color is power. It can wake you up or calm you down, and overall, color is what evokes that calmness you want to feel in a light and airy bathroom. Remember that your palette is more than the wall color. Take into consideration the hues in your cabinetry and flooring to develop a well-thought color scheme. If you’re thinking about straying from neutral, blue is one of our favorite bathroom colors for a gentle and soothing look. In fact, learn more about why you should use blue in your home here.

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5. Fixture Flair

One of the easiest ways to elevate your bathroom is to update your plumbing fixtures. To the average eye they might go unnoticed, but plumbing fixtures are the jewelry of the bathroom: they can complete your look and add some drama to the mix. We love elaborate metallic fixtures. The bathroom is also a great place to mix metals and incorporate mirrored finishes.