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Rethinking your Sonoma bathroom

5 Nov 2012 9:34 AM
Rethinking your Sonoma bathroom

Many people find the bathroom to be the hardest room to decorate. Unlike most rooms in a house, the lavatory is seldom the location of a festive get together or quiet conversation. On the other hand, it is one of the most frequently used rooms in a house and can easily be a canvas for a homeowner's creativity. With a little original thinking and a few proven approaches, it's easy for an individual to raise the bar of his or her bathroom.

This may be especially true in Sonoma, where many of the luxury homes feature expansive and modern bathrooms. Such rooms are fairly easy to transform - you can turn a run-of-the-mill restroom into an area of the home that merits its own stop on a tour. One good way to do this is to mix the elements contained in the room to create a more varied, diverse atmosphere.

Mix it up
According to HGTV, a modern bathroom benefits from a melange of colors, fixtures and decorations. Although many bathroom designs are centered around nautical themes - boats, beaches and fish, for example - this isn't written in stone. The source reports that identifying a different theme can be even more rewarding. Taking the time to think about what you want your bathroom to feel like can help you pick a motif that will have guests rushing back to reconsider their own restrooms.

Once you do pick a style, it is important to push it in interesting directions. Sticking too closely to a cookie-cutter plan can leave your bathroom feeling half-hearted or prefabricated. California Home and Design echoes HGTV's advice by recommending that homeowners incorporate varied aspects in their ultimate designs. Mixing soft and hard, curved and angular and other contrasting elements can liven up a bathroom and give it the complex, engaging quality that often eludes the all-too-overlooked room.

Complicating factors
Of course, bathrooms pose some design problems unseen in other rooms, so it is important to think equally about form and function. Plumbing and electrical issues can constrain a designer, so it may prove necessary to explore the practicality of any redesign plan before getting in too deep.

On the surface
Finally, it is important to consider the surface elements of your new and improved restroom. Few rooms - the kitchen may be the only exception - rely more on the materials and layout of the surface space than the bathroom. Because of this, it is important to spend a considerable amount of time exploring the different options - marble, tile, porcelain and so on - and how they fit in with your overall scheme.