You’ve heard that kitchens are the most important rooms in a house. In my opinion, bathrooms are right up there as well. Just because your bathroom is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be fabulous!

Before you start redoing your bathroom, follow a few tips from expert designers, and you’ll end up with a bathroom you love! Safety measures like grab bars, no-scald faucets, rounded corners on counters, and slip-resistant surfaces benefit all ages and abilities. Thoughtful touches like a shaving mirror mounted above the sink, towel warmers, and hand-held shower heads are always appreciated additions.

Built-in storage that provides drawers as well as cubbies for towels will look adorable now and years down the road. To facilitate traffic in a busy family bath, consider installing a separate tub and shower (an angled shower makes use of a corner). Design a countertop that extends the length of the room and uses varying widths to create a useful surface that will leave floor space open.

Choose light-reflective materials such as maple cabinets, stainless-steel sinks, and polished-chrome faucets to keep a contemporary bath looking airy. White wainscoting and white brick tile will have a similar dazzling effect in a traditional room.

For organization, build in a vented laundry hamper beside the sink. If a child needs a step stool to reach the faucets, find one that folds up and away when not in use. Hang hooks at a level to accommodate each family member's robe, and allot each member a shelf or a drawer. All of these tips are easy ways, to make your bathroom beautiful and functional!