3 must-haves to transform your bath into a luxury retreat

(BPT) – Blending fashion and function, the best bathroom design will address the needs of the homeowner while also reflecting their personal tastes. What often separates good from great design can be found in the details.

Sophisticated designer touches elevate a bathroom in an upscale way that defines a space as a luxury retreat within the home. If you’re planning a master bathroom remodel or adding a new luxury bathroom space within your home, don’t forget these three important facets.

Layer lighting

There are three main types of lighting: task, ambient and accent. Layering these lights thoughtfully in the bathroom will not only make the space more functional, but will also elevate the appearance and provide high levels of flexibility.

The main light — often an overhead light — provides ambient lighting for the overall illumination of the space. Many people choose dimmer options for this bathroom light to give it maximum customization.

Task lighting is essential in the bathroom since so many personal grooming tasks take place in the space. Task lighting might include lights over the mirror or vanity lighting. When planning and positioning task lighting, remember to position fixtures to minimize shadows to facilitate activities like shaving or applying makeup.

Finally, accent lighting is a key feature of luxury bathrooms and makes one space stand out from another. Accent lighting is meant to highlight the special features of the space and might include a light positioned over a painting, a decorative chandelier in a changing space or wall sconces by a soaking tub.

Select shower drains

Sophisticated touches make your bathroom design come together, so as you plan your shower space, don’t overlook the aesthetic potential of the drain. Choosing an upscale drain option blends elegance and performance to elevate the shower experience and the overall bathroom design.

For example, QuickDrain USA offers a variety of unique drain options. For the ultimate in-shower design, consider WallDrain, which is concealed behind the base of the wall — rendering it virtually invisible. The clean lines of this innovative drain system provide a seamless visual flow in the shower, ideal for a variety of décors, including contemporary or transitional designs.

However, if you prefer a drain that remains visible along the wall or in the center of the floor, you still have numerous options to elevate your look. QuickDrain’s Euro-styled linear drains and its new SquareDrain are ideal for conventional curbed or zero-entry, curbless applications that allow wheelchair access and ADA compliance.

Among the biggest trends of 2021 are rose gold and matte black finishes for shower drains. But there are a variety of finishes you can choose from to get the ideal look for your space.

Looking to take your bathroom design to an even higher level? The world-renowned firm of Michael Graves Architecture & Design collaborated with QuickDrain on two drain cover designs: the Cosmo and the Stream. Crafted from durable 18-gauge, 304 stainless steel, these removable, slim-profile covers are both offered with a brushed stainless steel finish, while the Cosmo is also available in a polished stainless finish. Learn more at www.quickdrain.com.

Evaluate hardware

Just like that special watch or necklace makes an outfit, the hardware you choose for the bathroom is the jewelry that enhances that space. Because the bathroom features a substantial amount of hardware relative to the size of the room, choosing the right option can make a big visual impact.

Hardware in bathrooms includes knobs and pulls on the vanity, but extends to other accessories as well. This includes towel racks for bathing and hand towels, toilet paper holders, soap dispensers and shower curtain rods. When planning hardware details, don’t forget to add in light switch covers, wall plates and vent covers to create a cohesive, professionally designed look.

Keep in mind, finishes for hardware don’t necessarily need to all match as long as the tones blend nicely and you don’t mix too many finishes together. For example, brushed steel and matte black work well together, but if you mix in more colors you risk the space looking disconnected and not well thought out.

There are many factors that go into creating a bathroom design. It’s important to pay attention to the details if you want to create a luxury space. These three details will help ensure fashion and function go hand in hand for a space you’ll love for years to come.

There are three basic types of lightingambient, task and accent. Layered throughout a room—especially multipurpose ones—they work together to achieve a rich and flexible lighting design.