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August 28, 2013
Dwell-approved tips for designing a modern, functional, and harmonious home bathroom.
In an unconventional twist, the bathroom is separated into two rooms: a glass-walled shower/sink area shown here and a more private room for the toilet.

1. Know your design style by checking out what you see in magazines, on the net or other media- Is it modern, spa like, transitional or traditional?

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Barbara Hill renovation bathroom

2. Think about the size of the space and come up with a great layout. Do you have room to create his and her baths or private, separate water closets for the toilets?

Photo by: Misty Keasler

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Originally appeared in This Former Dance Hall Gets an Encore and Becomes a Designer's House
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3. Include a qualified professional designer, architect or certified bath designer with the experience to get you where you want to go.

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Hollywood house bathroom tub

4. Don’t be afraid to make a statement. Create interest or drama in design, color, or material use.

Originally appeared in In Spa
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Modern bathroom with irregular tiled wall

5. Look for wonderful, interesting rich materials for floors, walls, cabinets and counter tops. Go for exotic woods, stones with unusual finishes like leathered and flamed marble tops or add some inlaid floor patterning.

Photo by: Matthew Williams

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The sun cuts down into the upstairs bathroom through skylights, casting rhythmic shadows of roof beams onto the floor and walls. The bathroom includes a cantilevered toilet by Catalano.

6. Go for great bath lighting which is critical to successful design and making you look good. Get this done properly and professionally. Make sure the vanity has eye level side sink lighting combined with upper lighting. Include accent lighting in other bath locations.

Photo by: Roger D'Souza

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Modern white bathroom with cabinet decorations on wall

7. Always anticipate storage needs and build that in to your designs. The biggest luxury is being able to find the right place to put everything away neatly. Plan your custom cabinetry based on these needs.

Photo by: Tim Van de Velde

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typographic art accents in bathroom

8. Think about what will make this room special. Is there a sexy free standing tub, a place for some highlighted great art or is this bath a relaxing retreat with a great chaise lounge?

Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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In the bathroom, the gray Carrara walls are offset by bright tulip-patterned wallpaper, circa 1970, from Secondhand Rose in Tribeca. The toilet is a Philippe Starck “jet action” model from Duravit.

9. Think about the items that you will need to make this bath a true luxury space. Have you included a hand held shower at a large tub for personal use and easy cleaning? Are there dual shower heads with an overhead rain head? Is there a TV in the shower with music controls?

Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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The leftmost cabinet above the <a href=“http://www.duravit.com”>Duravit</a> bathtub (equipped with <a href=”http://www.kwcamerica.com”>KWC</a> fixtures) occupies the space where a doorway once lead into the living room, creating unnecessary traffic from t

10. Don’t forget to include those truly pampered personalized items like heated floors, a fireplace or a private morning bar area to make that first cup of your favorite coffee?

Photo by: Eric Roth

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In an unconventional twist, the bathroom is separated into two rooms: a glass-walled shower/sink area shown here and a more private room for the toilet.

1. Know your design style by checking out what you see in magazines, on the net or other media- Is it modern, spa like, transitional or traditional?

Great bath design succeeds when people think about how they want to live and function in their private sanctum. Everything is critical to the vision the owner/design professional wants to create in this very personal space. It is all about creating a wish list along with the basics that will allow you to create the outline to proceed. As with all good design, a great bath needs expertise, knowledge and planning. A functioning, well designed and beautiful bathroom is a true luxury. Here, we present ten tips from an interior design pro on how to deck out your bathroom in style.

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