Decadent bathrooms were unheard of until a couple of decades ago. Rich and large bathrooms were only for the kings or the rich. Bathrooms were not even treated as a part of the house and were constructed outside the house until recently. As time rolled on, people began getting more inclined towards luxury and mass production of these bathroom products has begun. With this the design of a bathroom has undergone a drastic shift and today it is one of the most important rooms of our homes. The design of a bathroom today, reflects the lifestyle of a person.
Designing of bathrooms has undergone a complete metamorphosis. Though the basic purpose of the bathroom remains the same the perspective in which it is seen is totally different. Even today the old Edwardian and Victorian styles are favorites for many mainly because of the kingly feel they provide. As technology improved, many new products with improved designs have come up to facilitate every imaginable thing in your bathroom. If you have the required investment and taste in bathroom designing, you can make your bathroom as sophisticated as you want. Shower enclosements, jet streams, automatic mirror heater and warm water Jacuzzis are just the tip of the iceberg.
If we consider the standard designs, they can be broadly categorized into five styles – Traditional, Country, Shabby, Chic, Contemporary and Fantasy.
Traditional bathrooms can mean either the Edwardian and Victorian style of bathrooms or that of the 80’s with white sanitary ware all around. In our context, let us discuss the Edwardian bathroom – from where styles in bathrooms actually began. Although several bathroom designs came up, the traditional bathrooms were never forgotten. A private cottage or a villa retreat is definitely not complete without a traditional bathroom.
With popular TV shows like ‘Changing Rooms’ still keeping the trends of traditional bathrooms alive, manufacturers have come up with more traditional bathroom products. The main attraction of a traditional bathroom is the bath. A slipper bath on a dark polished floor gives a majestic finish to the bathroom. There might be a wall-mounted faucet or a classy, free standing one.
The ridges and angles give a very masculine feel to the bathroom. Curtains, pictures on the walls and bold colors used for the walls keep up with this theme adding extra warmth. Finally a chandelier completes the look of the traditional bathroom.
On the contrary, a country style bathroom is a very simple design to create. Every room doesn’t fit into every house. It is important that the room blends into the theme of the house. So country style bathrooms are for the houses with floral wall prints, high beams and basin frills. The deep ridged sanitary and checkered/ floral print curtains define the country style bathroom.
Wood is primarily used in making most of the bathroom vanities. Pull chains and high level cisterns for the toilets, traditional taps and basin are a must for a country style bathroom. If one prefers to have a standing bath, a walk-in shower with curtains all around is idea for a country style bathroom. Placing some wickerwork in a corner with some stylish wall lamps in the room completes the country style bathroom’s look.