Creating an Elegant Bathroom

The Bathroom Sink

The elegant bathroom you’re designing will definitely need two sinks. You can place them next to each other on a long countertop set atop a beautiful cabinet. Or block out a place on each side of the room for a single sink. Each person will be able to use their sink without rubbing elbows.

Some redesigned bathrooms have the sink in front of a window to take advantage of the natural light. The traditional mirror is found, framed, on another wall.

With extra floor space, you might select two elegant pedestal sinks in either traditional or contemporary designs. Using pedestal sinks will make the room more open, but not provide storage space. So be sure to have cabinets handy!

Install a drop-in or hand-painted sink into a free-standing cabinet or chest. It will look like a separate piece of furniture. Or drop a custom-designed sink into a marble or solid-surface countertop for an elegant look.

The newest look in bathroom sinks shows a large bowl mounted on the top of a bathroom counter. Artists and designers are using all sorts of material, such as marble, hand-blown glass, gold-leafed glass, or shiny metals. Before selecting a sink of this design, be sure that the height will be convenient to use and that the bowl will be safe.

Elegant Touches for an Elegant Bathroom


By all means, get rid of that yellowed fan- heater-overhead light that’s hanging in the middle of your bathroom.

Lighting for a redesigned bathroom (and other rooms, as well) is more directed at work areas. Soft light for a soaking bath can be achieved with a wall dimmer connected to any lighting. Choose some beautiful wall sconces for either side of the mirror, a sparkling chandelier for overhead, or place a small table lamp on the counter or dressing table area.

For more ideas lighting, see the information bathroom lighting here.

Be sure to confirm your plans for lighting with an electrician or lighting designer before the ceiling and walls are closed up after remodeling. You’ll want to have the wiring all installed behind the walls so no cords or wires show.


Get rid of the large wall-size frameless mirror over your sink and replace it with a beautiful framed mirror. Choose frame molding to enhance your space.


For a really luxurious feel, bring a piece of furniture into the bathroom. A tall armoire or chest can hold towels and bathroom necessities. A bench or lounge chair provides a spot to relax. Any woman would love a real dressing table in the bath. Any piece of free-standing furiture in a bathroom softens the look and adds a custom touch to the space.

Elegant Touches for an Elegant Bathroom


Beautiful fabrics on furniture and windows gives a really elegant look. Elaborate window treatments and upholstery are finding their way into this private retreat. Traditional shower curtains, a perfect place to showcase beautiful fabric, are being replaced by glass shower doors and walk-in shower stalls. Mixing and matching patterns can give your bathroom and eclectic appeal. Here are some tips for using patterns in any room:

How to Mix Patterns

Finishing Touches For An Elegant Bathroom

Candles, plants (such as bamboo plants), rock gardens and other small accents can give your bathroom that finishing touch. Remember in a small bathroom, less is more. So, don’t over decorate. However, a few elegant pieces here and there can give you a very elegant bathroom decor.