Design Ideas for Bathrooms

Remodeling a bath is one of the best home improvement jobs to increase a home’s resale value. It also makes using the bath a lot more pleasurable. Whether an existing bathroom is small or large, Design Ideas for Bathrooms, by Susan Hillstrom, has creative design ideas for every homeowner.

Working With Space: Master Baths, Family Baths & Half Baths

The introductory chapter in Design Ideas helps homeowners to begin the process of thinking about the space available, and imagining what new possibilities could emerge. The book does a wonderful job of this by showing photographs of beautiful bathrooms that would appeal to all different kinds of tastes. Some are tiny; others huge, but all are inviting and doable.

Bathtubs and Showers: Features & Fixtures for any Bathroom

Today, the options for tubs and showers are mind boggling. Whether cast iron, synthetic, tile, free standing, claw footed or sunken, homeowners can have whatever they can imagine. The style of tub, a large feature of this room, often sets the tone for the rest of the bathroom, so forethought to the larger space is prudent.

Style, Budget & Tactile Preference: All About Surfaces

Choices abound in bathroom remodels, including what material should be used on surfaces such as walls, floors, cabinetry and countertops. Keep style in mind when selecting these products, as well as durability and cleaning requirements. Helpful tips are included in Design Ideas for the following surface types:

  • Stone
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Glass
  • Concrete
  • Synthetics
  • Wood
  • Metal

Lavatory and Toilet Options

Lavatories, or sinks, are available today in a variety once unimaginable. Sinks, faucets, toilets and bidets are all fixtures that need to be included in the design and functional decisions of a remodeled bathroom. Beautiful options are available for a range of budgets.

Vanities and Pedestals: How to House the Sink

Vanities, or the cabinet that surrounds a sink, take up a lot of valuable floor space, but also provide storage that is necessary in a bathroom. The decision between a vanity or free-standing sink can be determined by style preferences and the amount of space available. Design Ideas provides useful tips in the following categories:

  • Cabinet construction
  • Style
  • Cabinet finishes
  • Bathroom furniture
  • Medicine cabinets

Bathroom Lighting

Lighting and ventilation are important to both atmosphere and comfort in a bathroom. Make these choices wisely as they will have a large impact on the overall style of the room. Choose between natural light, artificial lighting and a variety of fans.

Bathroom Style: Color, Trim & Windows

Color is a matter of personal preference, and some homeowners stick to classic white or neutrals in this room, but Design Ideas is filled with colorful inspirations that will help even a timid homeowner create a welcoming environment in the bath. Window coverings and trim options will complete the look.


Design Ideas for Bathrooms is written by a former editor of House Beautiful, and its pages reflect her professional design inspiration. It is difficult not to ready a paint brush before putting this book down. Both the tips and the beautiful color photographs are helpful and inspiring to any do-it-yourself bathroom remodeler.

Title: Design Ideas for Bathrooms

Author: Susan Hillstrom

Publisher: Creative Homeowner, 2009, 223 pps., $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-8011-437-0

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