Essential Bathroom Tips Part 2

shower niche and towel bar

In part two of our Essential Bathroom Tips blog, we will discuss walk-in showers, bathtubs, lighting, heated floors, fixtures, and sinks.

If you missed part one of our Essential Bathroom Tips, please check it out, where we discuss maximizing storage, keeping moisture out, using natural elements, big tiles, colour, accent pieces and mirrors. Consider some or all of these remodeling tips in your next bathroom renovation.

Walk-in Showers (Curbed or Curbless)

bathroom essentials curbless shower with big tiles and linear drain


Big tiles, wall niche and linear drain are features of this curbless shower.

When it comes to showers, you have a couple of choices, a walk-in shower, a wet bath (or curbless shower), or a more traditional bath/shower combination. Both curbed, and curbless showers are popular choices for modern bathrooms. They are practical as they address accessibility and mobility issues, though a curbless design makes it completely wheelchair accessible. Linear drains are used to help with water drainage and are sleek and modern in design. Adding a bench to a walk-in shower is a practical choice, as it’s a place to sit and can aid in showering as well as shaving your legs. The addition of grab bars is also helpful as it aids in stability and helps prevent falls. Glass shower doors create the illusion of a larger space and allow for continuous lighting in the room.


bathroom essentials large bathroom with bathtub and walk-in shower


Large bathrooms can accommodate a soaker tub and a curbless shower.

A bathtub/shower combination is still a popular choice and practical, particularly if you have small children and your home only has one full bathroom. Soaking or free-standing tubs are also a popular choice, especially for larger bathrooms that can also accommodate a walk-in shower.


bathroom essentials 3-bulb vanity light fixture


A 3-bulb vanity light fixture can provide sufficient light for an entire bathroom.

If there’s the opportunity to take advantage of natural light, do it, whether that’s by incorporating big windows or skylights. However, a combination of natural lighting and artificial lighting is ideal when remodeling a bathroom. It’s popular to have pot lights in the shower area, wall scones on either side of a mirror, or a vanity fixture centered above a mirror. Chandeliers are also an option, plus consider a dimmer switch so you can easily adjust the light for those relaxing baths. Track lighting or spotlighting can be effective for reading in the tub!

Heated Floors and Towel Racks

If you are doing a bathroom remodel, consider adding a heated floor. A heated floor is comfy on your toes, and you will save money, especially with a programmable thermostat. It’s also added value to your home. Heated towel racks are also an excellent addition. They not only make your bathing experience that much more luxurious by wrapping yourself with a warm towel after bathing, but they also help dry your towels quickly after use and cut down bacteria growth and that musty smell. Models come in both hardwired and plug-in versions.

Faucet Fixtures and Sinks

bathroom essentials vessel sink and faucet


When installing a vessel sink it’s important to allow for the additional height of the sink to the overall height of the vanity.

Today’s choices are endless when it comes to faucet fixtures and sinks, and it can be overwhelming to make the final choice. Working with the ID design team will help you make the best decisions for your needs. Chrome is still a popular favorite as it goes with almost every decor and creates a classic modern feel. Chrome finishes also help to reflect light and create a brighter environment. In our recent projects, we’ve used both matte, and chrome finished fixtures. It comes down to personal preference.

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Vessel sinks are trendy and pair nicely with a single-handled faucet. It’s important to note that when using a vessel sink, you need to make allowances for the height of the sink, so the vanity is not too high. Also, make sure the faucet you choose is specially designed for a vessel sink. Aerators also significantly reduce splashing.

3D bathroom design layout


Our 3D design ensures every aspect of the client’s requirements is visualized before the work commences.

We can help you bring your dream bathroom to life. At Intelligent Design we take the time to understand all your needs and our designers use 3D modeling software to show you a visual of the plan before any renovation work begins.

Together, we create an efficient and stress-free planning process and renovation. Contact us to find out how we can help bring your bathroom remodel to life.