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Soak It Up: All You Need to Know About Bathrooms

It may be the smallest room in your house, but it’s certainly not the one you are using the least! Nowadays, bathrooms have become more than an afterthought when designing, renovating, or decorating your home. Whether it is a private ensuite, or a guest powder room, bathrooms now seamlessly continue the look and feel of the style of the rest of your home. Additionally, while small in square feet, bathrooms contribute enormously to the resale value of your home.

While functionality remains a main concern when designing a bathroom, there is still tons of room for creativity! From lighting to fixtures, and all other design elements in between, bathrooms offer a fantastic range of options that can completely customize the look of the room.

There is a lot to consider when renovating your bathroom. Before you start your design, soak up some helpful information and tips to make your bathroom a room you’ll love!


As mentioned, functionality is a huge concern during bathroom renovations, and should be a priority to keep in mind during your design process. Consider what your bathroom is being used for, including who is using it, and where it is located in your home. Details and functionality of a private ensuite bathroom, that only you will use, will no doubt be different than that of a main floor powder room, where any and every guest who comes to your home will no doubt visit.

You may use your own private bathroom to get ready in everyday, or even to kick back and relax in at the end of a long day. A guest bathroom with frequent visits makes easy cleaning a necessity. Differentiating between what each bathroom’s main uses are will help influence your design decisions, and will ultimately lead to a more enjoyable finished product.


As the old adage goes, the devil is truly in the details. Once you have figured out the main function of each of your bathrooms, you will be able to take the next step in making your vision a reality. Whether you are doing a full bathroom build, a renovation, or just a simple redesign, there are a few more elements to consider. 

One thing, which may be easy to overlook during design, but you will surely notice missing in the final product, is the presence of a window in the bathroom. While not always possible, the proper bathroom window placement can give your room a flood of much needed natural light, fresh air, and even a beautiful view.

Another detail, which ties in very closely with the specific functionality of the bathroom, is storage options. A guest bathroom may not need much, perhaps a vanity with cupboards to store extra soap, hand towels, and toilet paper, but an ensuite will undoubtedly need much more storage space. Think of where to put your towels, extra bottles of shower essentials, toilet paper, and even cleaning supplies. Storage should also be a main point in your design to ensure all your functionality needs are met.


After all the planning and plotting, now comes the fun part: the actual design elements of the bathroom. Don’t let the small space fool you; there are quite a few items and elements to be chosen. We’re talking: tiles, vanity, mirrors, paint colour, toilets, sinks, tubs, fixtures, not to mention all the finishing touches such as towels, curtains, and soap dispensers, to name a few.

Picking out larger elements, such as the vanity, shower or tub, and choosing design pieces that compliment those focal points could make the task of designing seem much less daunting. There are a few things to consider when picking a vanity, including placement, materials, and storage; and there are even design cheats to make your small bathroom seem bigger.

Once complete, everything should come together for one coherent, harmonized room. Remember, the bathroom should flow with the look and feel of the rest of your home. When in doubt, take inspiration from the colours, textures, and materials of the kitchen, as many of the same elements including counters and tiles, can be of a similar style!

Bathroom Renovations with Walden Homes

With the right design and details, it’s actually quite possible that the bathroom could be your favourite room in the house! At Walden, we believe that you should love your home, and every single room in it, bathrooms being no exception!

Whether you are simply updating the design elements of your out-dated bathroom, or are planning to undergo a complete bathroom renovation, we are here to help.

Contact us or download our free renovation checklist to get your bathroom started.