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A bathroom is a functional room in your home; it serves a specific purpose. However, you can add personality and creativity to design a space that is not only functional but beautiful by carefully choosing fixtures.
These choices will vary depending on the type of bathroom you are decorating. A master bathroom, for example, can be a haven for relaxing in a luxurious tub to unwind at the end of the day, whereas a half bath design intends to provide comforts for visitors to your home. The following list will guide your choices in choosing bathroom fixtures.
1. Faucet (And Handles)
There are a wide variety of faucet fixture styles and finishes to choose from. You'll need these for both your sink vanity and your tub and/or shower. Types include three-hole, one hole, wall mount, and stand-alone fixtures. Match the necessary hardware to the design of your sink and bathtub. Also, consider if you need a faucet with a shower attachment.
Your faucet and handle style options range from contemporary to vintage. To learn all the details about choosing a faucet for your bathtub, read our post "12 Types of Bathtub Faucets [and Faucet Handles]."
2. Sink (or basin)
Bathroom sinks range from classic, drop-in vanity mounts to freestanding basin styles. Styles for vintage, modern, or farmhouse themes are readily available. Sink materials include porcelain, glass, copper, and stainless steel.
Choice of bathtub will greatly influence the entire look of your bathroom. This is a major fixture that can provide a focal point for the room. You may choose a bathtub wall kit that also includes a shower or a freestanding soaking tub. Corner tub units fit into spaces that would not hold a traditional rectangular tub. You'll have lots of choices for the material of your tub, including fiberglass, porcelain, and copper, to name just a few of the available options.
Generally, not much thought is given to the toilet in your bathroom. But surprisingly, there are a huge amount of options when it comes to choosing a toilet. Toilet types include one-piece, two-piece, wall-mounted, and bidet combinations. Seat shapes vary from round, elongated, and compact elongated. You'll also need to consider the flushing technology. Flush options include gravity flush, pressure-assisted, and dual flush systems.
A bidet is a fixture standard in Europe but is now becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Bidets are used to aid in cleaning yourself after using the toilet. These units consist of a sprayer nozzle that is directed towards your bottom. Freestanding bidets area available, or an attachment can be placed on your toilet to serve this function.
You'll need to make a few choices regarding lighting. Vanity lighting, overhead lighting, and spotlighting create ambiance in your bathroom. In a master bath, dimmer lights are a great way to create relaxation when you are soaking in your tub. Lighting fixtures are available in various metal finishes and bulb styles ranging from traditional to modern.
7. Towel bar
Adding a selection of fluffy towels in your bathroom creates an inviting appearance. To create this look, you'll need a way to store the towels. Towel bars and racks serve this purpose. Single and double bars can be placed in convenient locations in your room, and some options incorporate shelves for additional storage or display.
For more about choosing towel racks, see our detailed post, "15 Awesome Bathroom Towel Rack Ideas."
8. Towel/robe hook
An easily forgotten item is a place to hang your robe or towel. Towel and robe hooks are accent pieces that can be matched to your towel bars. If wall space is at a premium, consider an over the door option for hanging robes and towels.
Mirrors are a functional item in the bathroom but can also make a room look larger. Today's mirrors have interesting options. Consider a mirror with built-in LED lighting that can serve the purpose of both a mirror and a light. A mirror can be a large single piece or two smaller mirrors hung over double vanity sinks.
10. Wall-mount cabinet
Wall-mount cabinets extend the storage in your bathroom. Some options will have a mirror incorporated into their design. Wooden or metal designs will match with any decor, as will various colors and finishes.
The shower is another focal point in your room. Some showers are incorporated into your bathtub unit, but a freestanding shower is another option. Shower shapes vary from corner, alcove, or wall units. Your shower material may contain clear or frosted glass.
12. Shower doors
Shower doors can elevate the look of your shower. Traditional sliding doors may be transparent or frosted glass. Minimalistic designs showcase the glass of the door and are very streamlined in appearance.
If your bathroom contains a shower feature, you've got some interesting choices in showerheads. A traditional shower head is very inexpensive, but for a luxury experience, you may want to try a shower head with multiple spray angles and a large rain-style head.
14. Toilet Tissue Holder
Another easily overlooked fixture is your toilet tissue holder. Simple, functional styles are inexpensive, or you may choose a freestanding type. Freestanding styles are an excellent option in rooms without good wall mounting space.
Shelves provide the function of additional storage as well as a decorative feature in your bathroom. Shelving for bathrooms is available in many different styles. Floating wall shelves make a dramatic impact and a place to display towels and decor. Over the toilet storage shelves are a great way to expand storage in a small bathroom.
Put It All Together To Create Your Dream Bathroom
Creating the bathroom of your dreams starts with choosing the perfect fixtures. These choices can change the look of your bathroom from classic to contemporary. Choosing different metals and finishes will further enhance the style. With so many options, it's easy to create an oasis you'll want to escape to for a relaxing soak.