Inspiration and DIY Top Notch Bathroom Designs: Planning the Perfect Master En Suite

Photo features Ambassador Jet-Setter Dusk 24 x 48 field tile on the floor, 12 x 24 field tile on the wall and Jet-Setter Dusk random linear mosaic on the shower wall.

Photo features Ambassador Jet-Setter Dusk 24 x 48 field tile on the floor, 12 x 24 field tile on the wall and Jet-Setter Dusk random linear mosaic on the shower wall.

 
 

Top Notch Bathroom Designs: Planning the Perfect Master En Suite

All bathroom designs benefit from a mix of form and function, but when you plan the layout from scratch, it's easy to overlook key details. After all, a smartly planned bathroom requires more than just choosing the best spot for the toilet. You also need to understand where to use certain materials.

To achieve a smart, timeless design, there are a number of layouts and materials that will satisfy your wants and needs. The master en suite, however, often requires more attention to detail and decor than any other bathroom. To help you be successful, here are some tips to follow when creating your bathroom design.

Photo features Ambassador Jet-Setter Dusk 24 x 48 field tile on the floor, 12 x 24 field tile on the wall and Jet-Setter Dusk random linear mosaic on the shower wall.

Plan Featured Elements and Layout

Start planning the layout of your space by looking at various bathroom designs. A virtual tour using the Tile and Stone Visualizer can help, but ultimately, you need to focus on how you will use the space. Take the bathtub, for instance; if you shower more often than you soak, do you need a tub? If you're the shower-only type, why not forego the bathtub and focus on creating a large and luxurious shower stall instead? One with the latest body jets and a stylish tile surround is sure to please all shower enthusiasts. Once you decide which elements to include in your design, you'll be ready to plan the specifics.

Consider Scale and Proportion

In the same way that small mosaic tile relates to a small toilet enclosure, large-scale floor tile can play up a modest- or generous-sized bathroom floor, and it can help anchor the space. Pairing large tile with narrow grout lines can also create a more fluid or solid look that suits modern or minimalist homes. And if your master bathroom features small and large tiles, adding midsized tile to the mix can help develop varied form, closing the gap and creating a well-rounded, proportionate visual.

As for the vanity, it shouldn't appear dwarfed by its surroundings, or conversely, too big for the room. The National Kitchen and Bath Association website offers basic helpful guidelines, such as how much space should be placed between fixtures, but keep in mind that local building codes take precedence.

Create Flow

Flow is the art of creating an agreeable look from room to room. This isn't completed by matching everything—that'd be boring—but by continuing with at least vaguely similar styles and a few consistent materials. For example, you can feature visually similar copper light fixtures in your bedroom and master bathroom.

You can also look to metallic mosaic tile to mirror your home's metal fixtures. For instance, consider going with a tile from the Fashion Accents collection. By carrying the metallic look beyond your bathroom, you can avoid an overly hodgepodge or scattered effect, and instead, you can establish a sense of harmony and order within your home design.

Pick the Right Lighting

It's no secret that the reflection cast by mirrors makes small rooms seem bigger and brighter than they are, and the bigger the mirror, the bigger the effect. Good lighting is also a must for a well-functioning master bathroom, but it's about more than just the right lightbulbs. Your goal should be to create light reflection with glossy surfaces—aside from the mirror—such as a gleaming metallic or glass backsplash, marble slab walls, or a textured porcelain tile floor.

When designing a master en suite, there are a lot of materials and elements to consider. Once you decide what your must-have items are, follow these tips to create the best design possible. Your finished design will no doubt be one that you'll enjoy for years.