Do you want to make your house feel like a luxurious home? Remodel the bathrooms. Your surroundings will feel posh with a fabulous master bathroom and extraordinary guest bathroom. While many aspects of bathroom design are practical and utilitarian — think clearance, pipe location and electrical placement — you can and should work with a professional to design an artful space.

In most bathrooms, the key is the countertops. They are often the largest single item in the room, so they set the tone for the rest of the décor. Acrylic countertops are versatile and fully customizable, so they are perfect for any style aesthetic. As you remodel, think of three essentials.

Function

Most bathrooms have little space to spare, so everything must serve a function. Each surface must be durable, scratch resistant and moisture repellant. This is one aspect where acrylic countertops really shine. They are durable and easy to care for. Yet if they do somehow become damaged, they can be repaired quickly and restored to pristine condition.

As you make design decisions, imagine using the space. Allow enough clearance for the door to open and close, and give adequate knee space around toilet, generally 21-24 inches. Also consider cleaning requirements. Exposed pipes may be hard to wipe down with all their curves and tight junctions; high horizontal surfaces can be difficult to reach.

Appearance

You bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house, yet it is probably the smallest. To create a feeling of space, stick to two or three colors. Limit elements, but do not skimp on storage space, which helps eliminate clutter. An integrated unit that combines acrylic countertops, shelves and cabinets will present a seamless, cohesive look while providing all the storage you need.

Details

When the major pieces are in place, you are free to focus on the details. Let in as much natural light as possible through windows, a skylight or solar tube. Then augment with well-placed task lighting over mirrors and around the vanity. Add little personal touches that make you smile, such as towel warmers, fun wall art or live plants.

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