A modern bathroom is much more than just a place to wash away the dirt and grit. It’s a personal sanctuary where one can unwind and relax. Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that bathroom renovation projects are one of the most popular home improvement endeavors of today.

The good news is that there is no end to quality options when choosing your bathroom fixtures. This can be a double-edged sword, though, especially for those who don’t know the ins and outs of the market. All those sinks, faucets, shower heads, bathtubs, toilets, and other fixtures come in various shapes, forms, styles, and finishes.

But, don’t worry: here is a guide on how to blend prime functionality and sublime style and never have to sacrifice one for the sake of the other.

Shower heads

Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to consider a wall-mounted option. For example, shower heads that can be easily mounted on a wall are not only highly functional but also available in varying styles and finishes. Of course, there is nothing wrong with modern and adjustable handheld shower heads that allow you to wash hard-to-reach places.

Shower headPhoto by homedesignss on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

But, if you can afford to splurge a bit, check out luxury fixtures such as rain shower heads. They are mounted on a ceiling and emulate the experience of bathing in a waterfall. For an extra relaxing time, you can integrate body sprayers into the shower wall and have a spa-like massage treatment.

Bathtubs

You can embrace a different approach and install a bathtub. However, note that this is not an option for many homeowners because this fixture takes up a lot of space. Take the example of an alcove tub that occupies 6 feet in length. So, you are better off measuring twice before taking the plunge.

BathtubPhoto by jingdianjiaju2 on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Those who can afford it should make a glamorous statement with a freestanding bathtub. It provides unparalleled joy and satisfaction and serves as a great centerpiece. In case the layout of the bathroom doesn’t allow for this blissful feature, you can install a corner bathtub and save some floor space. Whirlpool tubs are also a great solution as they come in alcove-ready and standard sizes.

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Sinks

When it comes to sinks, the most common options come in the form of drop-in and self-rimming fixtures. They are installed above the counter and come in many shapes and styles. On the other hand, undermount sinks are gaining in popularity due to easy maintenance and sleek looks. They work particularly well with stone countertops and other solid surface materials.

Sink

Furthermore, for a dash of special style, homeowners opt for striking products like vessel sinks. These elegant paragons make a real statement with their eye-catching shape. Moreover, they are made of glass, stone, ceramic and other high grade materials. Alternatively, you may go for a wall-hung or a pedestal sink that oozes timeless charm.

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Sink ideasGuest Bathroom Sink & Cabinet by Shannon Demma [CC BY 2.0]

Toilets

When pondering on the toilet, functionality is certainly a top priority. If your bathroom is used by people with limited mobility, for instance, a tall toilet is a sound option. And since a bathroom is usually the smallest room in a home, you must ensure that a toilet fits the layout and size perfectly.

If you are not versed in renovation projects, seek professionals that handle bathroom renovations. Regardless of this decision, see if you can buy a dual-flush toilet, which allows you to choose a different program for solid and liquid waste. A one-piece toilet is also worth considering: it’s a bit pricier but features a sleek, seamless design without annoying crevices that capture dirt.

Faucets

Faucets, in today’s market, range from classic and traditional to ultra-modern and sleek. A polished chrome faucet is a popular choice, but feel free to pick the one that suits your taste and fits the overall style of the bathroom. Also, note that newer models come with great functional features like integrated ceramic disks that do away with sediment buildup.

faucetPhoto by highfithome on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

If you want some high-tech, SF-worthy product, look for bacteria-killing and motion-activated faucets. At the same time, keep your eyes open for energy-efficient products. A low-flow faucet uses considerably less water than standard products and still maintains a steady water pressure.

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Design greatness

The world of bathroom design is constantly evolving and encompassing striking new ideas and concepts. One thing doesn’t change, though: fixtures are mainstays of comfort and utility in these small spaces.

There are various factors to take into account, including energy-efficiency, features, functionality, visual appeal, etc. So, it’s highly advisable to plan ahead of time and form a renovation budget. Pick fixtures that match your sense of style, but also meet your everyday needs.

Put every inch of available space to good use and get your creativity going. You have an opportunity to assemble a stunning bathroom, your soothing oasis of relaxation and hygiene.

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Bathroom Fixtures was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by Amelia Atkins
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Joy Butler
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Joy Butler

Wow, it’s interesting that you discussed about this bathroom fixtures guide. If you were to ask me, I’ll go for the first image of the shower head. However, if I have enough budget, I would love the second one with a spa-like massage treatment.

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Caden Dahl

So in my master bathroom at home, the sink is quite out of date and not working as well as it should. The water comes out barely for the hot and sometimes not at all. Chances are, I’m going to get a new one here soon. As you said, there are many different styles to choose from with sinks. However, I’ll probably just go with something that looks normal, similar to the picture you have.

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Tim Yaotome

My mother told me the other day over the phone about how she wants to redecorate her bathroom by opting for a newer chrome shower head. When I read your article, I did not know that there are shower heads that can either be mounted on the wall or handheld. Inspired by your article, I am thinking of giving her a shower head as a gift so I first need to find a contractor that can make the custom shower head I have in mind for her.

Elisabeth Southgate
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Elisabeth Southgate

I like how you said that you can get a shower head that mounted on the ceiling for a waterfall effect. My husband and I thinking about remodeling our shower. I think we would both like some like this.

Angela Waterford
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Angela Waterford

Modern bathrooms like mine would look great if I have some cabinet fixtures that I can buy from an online store. I think I’ll buy some if I can have some quality options to choose from. Thanks for mentioning that I should have a sublime style to add to the bathroom, so I hope that this works out for me.

Emma Clemantine
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Emma Clemantine

It is very important to select the best bathroom fittings for your bathroom. Your article is the ultimate guide to selecting the best bathroom fixtures. I really like the bathroom fixtures that you have shared with us in this article. I will definitely buy these fixtures for my new house. Thank you for sharing this article with us.