7 Inspiring Basement Bathroom Designs
Nearly every basement finish incorporates a bathroom into its design. Whether its main purpose serves as part of guest suite or as just another family facility, you’ll never regret having another restroom in the house. Just because it’s in the basement, though, doesn’t mean it has to be boring! With a little planning and fore-thought you’ll discover which features are splurge-worthy to you. Take inspiration from some of our favorite finishes as you begin to design your new bathroom, and see if any of these ideas spark your interest:
1. Sophisticated Tile Touches
Of all the design elements in a bathroom, tile can have the biggest (and most permanent) impact. It comes in such an array of colors, textures, and patterns that it can be overwhelming to narrow your focus. Having a color palette and overall design scheme in mind before you start looking will help guide your choice. Do you gravitate toward modern styles, or does your preference lean more traditional or transitional? Colorful or monochromatic? Playful or sophisticated? Budget will play large part, as well. A custom tile like the one pictured floor-to-ceiling here (Photo A) will cost considerably more than installing an accent liner in the shower with more moderate background tile, as shown in Photo B. On the other hand, sometimes simple is best. You can’t go wrong with classic white subway tile, which leaves you free to change accent colors in bathroom accessories down the road. A back-splash at the sink is also a common place to install accent tile, though a solid slab splash to match the counter top is equally as beautiful (and generally less expensive).
2. Unique Sinks
Go from zero to sixty in the style lane by installing a high-profile vessel sink in the vanity, like the one shown here (Photo C). Sure to be a focal point in any bathroom, vessel sinks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, such as this sleek clear glass model (Photo D) and this faux wood-grain glass stunner (Photo E), both available from Build.com. Or, if you’re a minimalist at heart, then this understated wall-mount (Photo F) fixture may be right up your alley. Keep in mind that when you opt for a vessel sink, you often have to adapt the plumbing fixture style to work with the sink, going with a wall or deck-mounted fixture.
3. Spa-like Fixtures
And speaking of plumbing fixtures, don’t overlook the value of a quality shower head. Nothing elevates a bathroom to spa-level quite like a luxurious shower, and no one will care much what kind of tile is installed as long as the shower is hot and the water pressure strong! Installing a ceiling-mounted rain-can shower head in tandem with the standard one boosts the lux-level, as does the simple addition of a hand-held detachable shower head (Photo G).
4. Built-in Storage
Don’t overlook opportunities to add storage space to stash extra towels, linens, or even to allot to guests to use when visiting. The open shelving created in the bathroom pictured here (Photo H) provides the perfect space for just such a use. If square footage allows, a full-size linen closet with a door can be added, or even a custom recessed niche built to fit a dresser or armoire.
5. Euro Door vs. Semi-Frameless
When it comes to choosing a shower door, you have more options than you may have realized. Clear glass is most commonly used, though privacy glass (seeded, rain-glass, or other textures) can also be used. Installing clear glass makes the space feel larger and more open, with the added benefit of showing off the beautiful tile and fixtures you’ve selected. A Euro-style door virtually disappears in the space, due to its frameless construction (Photos I and J), while a semi-frameless door–still sleek–is held in place with a metal frame in the finish of your choice (Photo K). Plan to spend more for the Euro door, as it is considered an upgrade.
6. Flooring Options
Ceramic or porcelain tile seems to be the predominate flooring choice for bathroom installation, though luxury vinyl plank flooring works well here, too (also pictured in Photo K). Both options withstand the moisture levels inherent to bathroom use, and both work equally well installed over concrete basement floors. Don’t assume the tile has to be traditional; the smaller, black hexagonal tile pictured in this bathroom (Photo L) lend an upscale hotel feeling to the room.
7. Accessories – Much like donning a favorite pair of earrings or a statement belt or necklace, the accessories you add to your new bathroom make it sparkle. Whether it’s a basketful of luxuriant towels, a dash of lush greenery on the vanity, or a colorful display of glass bottles, the perfect finishing touch pulls everything together. No need to go overboard–your goal should be to enhance, not to overwhelm. Remember to include plenty of towel hooks or bars, installed at heights convenient for those who will be using the bathroom.
Whenever you decide it’s time to revamp your bathroom or add another one in your home, give Sheffield a call! We’ve been in the business long enough to know what works and what doesn’t, and we’ll work with you to design a space that works for you. Whether your basement is 500 sq. ft. or 2,500, we’ve got the skill, experience, and know-how to turn it into living space that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Give us a call in the Denver metro area or in northern Colorado to schedule a free consultation: 303-420-0056