One of the most overlooked facts about the traditional bathroom is the fact that it is a room. We treat it like a closet, pantry, or utility space. Three of the most important pieces of furniture you will ever own are located in the bathroom. And you probably don’t even think of them as furniture.

By contrast, we treat bedrooms like rooms. We lavish the space with thoughtful touches, personalized accessories, and design details. Yet we probably spend more of our waking time in the bathroom. We don’t actually start our day in the bedroom. We start it in the bathroom where we brush our teeth, take a shower, and groom ourselves. The bathroom is also the place where we keep our medications, step on the scale (no one ever heard of a bedroom scale), and process necessary bodily functions. As one of the most functional rooms in the house, here’s how to restore it to its proper place of honor:

Hire a Professional Designer

If you are the sort that hires professionals to design other rooms in your house, be sure to give your bathroom the same treatment. It seems shortsighted to hire a designer for the living room, but not one for the bathroom. Even if you don’t usually hire designers, you might want to consider one for the bathroom and kitchen. These are two of the most difficult rooms to work with as they often have very limited space, and the furnishings require professional installation.

A company like Gilmans Kitchens & Bath can help with both design and installation. Since you are going to have to pay someone for installation anyway, it might as well be someone who can help you transform your space into a room that you actually want to spend time in, rather than a mere necessity. Let your home’s biggest challenge be the assignment of those who do it for a living.



Even a great designer can’t personalize a room as well as you can. The bathroom is the perfect place for scented candles, expressive lighting, and bold accent pieces. This video shows just how easy and inexpensive it can be to add the kinds of finishing touches that make all the difference. Its not just about shower curtains and soap dispensers. While those things can be quite visual parts of the room, they don’t have to represent the centerpiece of the space. Don’t design the room around the bath. Design the bath around the room.

Bathroom Tech

Finally, don’t be afraid to spice up the space with a bit of bathroom tech. Obviously, you are going to want one of those fancy toilet seat bidets. But what good is all the classic touches without a shower-safe speaker? You might even want a set of hue lights just to be able to dim the lights and change the colors to something more relaxing. In 2010, these were considered the 15 best bathroom gadgets. Today, things have only gotten better.

Because of its small size and large utility, the bathroom is one of the most difficult rooms to transform. But with some professional help, the right accessories, and the latest tech, you can make your ordinary bathroom a place of joy.