How to Design a Dream Bathroom: 5 Key Considerations

When you think of your dream bathroom, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a bright space with lots of natural light, potted plants, and high ceilings. Or maybe you envision something more dramatic, with dark stone tiles and a deep soaking tub. But whatever your dream bathroom looks like to you, we can help you create it! 

To get you started, we’ve created this guide for how to design a dream bathroom. We’ve included the major considerations you’ll need to keep in mind to make sure you end up with the perfect design.

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When it comes to designing your dream bathroom, here are 5 key considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Function
  2. Flow
  3. Materials
  4. Lighting
  5. Special Touches
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If your dream bathroom doesn’t function as you intended, is it really a dream bathroom after all? The bathroom is one of the most important and commonly used spaces in the home. It needs to be designed with your specific needs in mind.

Here are some examples:

  1. If you have young children, you’ll want to consider a bathtub suitable for bathing them, including a hose attachment that makes for easy hair washing. 
  2. Do you have an impressive nail polish collection? This is just one item you might want to consider special storage for in your dream bathroom. 
  3. Are you electrical outlets in practical places (i.e., by the mirror) so you can use your gadgets and devices where you need them?


Depending on the floor plan of your home, your bathroom might be a tight space. But that doesn’t mean it can’t have a natural flow to it that suits the design! 

To ensure you keep the flow of the space in mind while you’re designing your dream bathroom, take a look at the floor plan for the space. This will give you an idea of the bathroom design that would make the most sense with the given space. Take a walk through the area and “act out” getting ready for the day. Where would storage be the most useful? Would a cupboard get in the way if it’s placed to the left of the sink?

If you already have an existing bathroom you plan to update, write down what works well for you in that space as well as what could be improved. 


Choosing the wrong materials for your bathroom can have dire consequences. Just ask anyone who has ever added carpet flooring to their bathroom! Because of the high traffic and excessive moisture associated with bathrooms, choosing the right surface materials is especially important. 

Water-resistance flooring is a must, and some great options include: vinyl, tile, and rigid core engineered wood. Stone tiles are another popular choice, and they can be used not only for the floor of your bathroom but as shower tiles as well. 

The most common choices for bathroom counters include natural stone, ceramic/porcelain tile, concrete, laminate, and solid surfaces made from a blend of acrylic and polyester particles. Take a look at this post to see the pros and cons of each choice. 

At the same time, you’ll want to consider how easy it is to clean and maintain these materials. If you opt for highly-textured stone tiles, keep in mind they’ll be more challenging to clean. They also need to be sealed regularly. 

You’ll also need to consider how slippery certain materials can be and what stands up best to heavy wear. Just because one material looks great, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right choice for your bathroom. Taking the time to research and test materials for your bathroom surfaces will pay off in the long run! 

Finally, you’ll also want to consider your shower doors. Many homeowners dream of having custom glass shower doors installed. This can be an incredibly beautiful and functional option at the same time. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s how to choose the best custom shower doors for your home. 


Bathroom lighting can make or break the entire space! Interior designers tend to be fans of natural light, and it’s no surprise! Most people get ready for the day in their bathroom, and natural light can be really useful for makeup application. Not to mention, natural light is useful for fighting mold and mildew in damp spaces. Finally, it can also help you save on your energy bills!

While some artificial light is a must as well, your dream bathroom will have the right mix of both. Wall-mounted sconces can work great in the bathroom and provide you with excellent vanity lighting too. 

If you want a light and bright space in your bathroom that makes the most of natural light, something else to keep in mind is the wall colour. Light coloured bathroom walls will help you maximize the daylight in the space and contribute to a light and airy feel, if that’s what you’re hoping for. 

By the way, bathrooms aren’t the only custom home spaces we can help with! Click here to learn more about our solutions for pantries, linen closets, home offices, and more. 

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Special Touches for Your Dream Bathroom

Now for the fun part! Chances are, your dream bathroom doesn’t just consist of a toilet, sink, and shower. Instead, it has personal touches and designs that make it true to you.

So, ask yourself what would really make the space special to you.

Maybe it’s your favorite color scheme or one wall painted floor to ceiling in a color that makes you happy. Or maybe it’s the deep soaking tub you dream of relaxing in after a hard day. It could even include dramatic gold bathroom fixtures or beachy additions like decorative shells. But whatever it is, it needs to be a space you’re happy to spend time in! 

And we can help!

We Want to Help You Design the Closet of Your Dreams

If your dream bathroom includes custom glass shower doors, we’d love to be part of making that dream come true! Coastal Closets and Showers in Stuart, Florida, designs and professionally installs both frameless and semi-frameless styles, adding a unique and custom look to your bathroom.

Stop by our showroom or schedule your in home complimentary consultation!


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