One of the top trends for 2016 bathroom design is wood. Wood in the bathroom is not necessarily a new idea, but for 2016, wood will no longer take a backseat in the bathroom design, and instead it will be a major component in the contemporary bathroom space. Designs range from ninety percent wood that covers the appliances in addition to walls, floors, and ceiling, to a minimal amount of wood that only covers small sections here or there. Traditionally, bathrooms with a wood-theme are normally rustic and country-themed, often giving them a more antique appearance. However, the contemporary wood bathroom does not have an old-style design, but rather uses the wood to enhance the quality of the space and create a luxurious and sauna-like feel to the whole bathroom, giving wood a whole new meaning with the modern edge. We’ll discuss some of the trends and possible design options in the details below.

Max It Out
One of the quickly emerging design trends to feature a bathroom completely surrounded by wood fixtures, including the flooring, walls, and ceiling. Now, we know you might be wondering how this could ever work, but if done right, it’s not such a bad idea and it can give your bathroom an exotic, yet contemporary look. This contemporary design features wood floors with selective wood walls. There is a lovely wood bench by the tub, and the tub also features plated wood on the surface to flawlessly integrate with the rest of the bathroom.

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For a slightly more rustic look, this bathroom features two solid walls with wood drawers surrounding the small floating vanity, as well. The hanging light fixtures also add to the rustic feature of this bathroom design, and give it a classy, sophisticated experience. The other half of the wall is white, which allows for the bathroom to seem bigger than it actually is.

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This lovely bathroom blends the old with the new, with an even-toned wood color that is slightly between the first two. With a cream-colored laminate floor and white bathtub, the viewer’s eyes are immediately directed to the beautiful woof fixtures within the bathroom. The walls are made from wood, as is the ceiling and the floating vanity. The tubular lighting and swinging towel rack give this bathroom a modern rustic feel and complement the wood design.

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Another example of a full-bodied wooded bathroom is this small contemporary design that is fully wood aside from the white tub interior and the vanity countertop. Even the mirror is nearly invisible at first glance, because it simply reflects the wood from the barnyard door interest. This bathroom is also very minimalistic, creating small, nearly sightless hooks in the bathroom for towels, a clear shower curtain, and using only a single, undecorated light bulb for artificial lighting. The sunroof above the shower provides enough light during the day that it doesn’t seem like more intricate lighting is really necessary. Even the tub/shower features only a small, single floating shelf to house the toiletries, leaving the rest of the room to show off.

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This conceptual bathroom design features a sleek, contemporary look with extravagance in its spacious layout. Aside from the dividing wall that goes to the shower, this bathroom is almost completely solid wood from the floors and ceiling to the fountain-like whirlpool tub. The greys and browns work very well together, making this bathroom an ideal fit for the modern home.

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Finally, this bathroom does adhere to more of a rustic feel, but we couldn’t help but include it because we just like the design so much. Not only does this bathroom feature a full-wooded design, but it we really love the loft-style for the bathroom. The hanging light bulbs, washtub towel holder, vessel sink, and towel stand all work together to give this bathroom a homey, country vibe.

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Subtle Undertones
Think an all-wood bathroom is just a little too much for your design ideas? Not a problem. There are still plenty of ways to incorporate wood design sparingly within your bathroom if that’s something you might be interested in doing. Below, is a list of subtle wood designs that we thought were effective, yet not overbearing.

This simple design incorporates a slab of wood for the minimalistic, yet aesthetically pleasing floating vanity. It adds to the trend of wood in the bathroom, but isn’t overly excessive and gets the point across without going overboard.

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This bathroom features a solid wood floor and includes a matching vanity sink and tub design that is sand-colored and meant to accentuate the wood floor. The bathroom looks trendy and definitely the wood feature, without letting the wood take over.

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Finally, this lovely modern bathroom features wood in its eloquent design, and it is beautiful incorporated to the pristine, white design with marble tile. This bathroom design does a great job of maximizing the 2016 emphasis on wood in the bathroom, and the outcome is stunning.

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We hope these designs have given you an example of what the contemporary wood bathroom is all about. What are your thoughts? Is the wood design something that you would consider incorporating into your bathroom remodel, or do you think it should be kept for the more rustic and eccentric designs?

If you have more than one kid, chances are you’d like to devote one bathroom in the house to be a “kids’” bathroom. For those of you who have kids, you know things can get pretty messy. Kids leave messes even in simple, day-to-day activities. Toothpaste gets dropped at the bottom of the sink, soap and toothpaste splatters the mirror, the bathtub is scattered with toys, dirty feet run in and out and blackened hands leave streak marks on the walls, and there is often a general sense of untidiness and disarray.  Needless to say, there are many reasons to keep the kids’ bathroom separate from the adults’ bathroom. Another problem that you might encounter when deciding how to deal with a kids’ bathroom, is to choose what kind of décor you want for the interior.  Do you style it according to the children’s gender? What if it will be a boy and a girl using the bathroom? Are there some colors that work better than others? What about organizational strategies to keep the bathroom from looking like a complete wind storm after the children blow through? We’ll discuss some of the strategies for planning a kids’ bathroom in the article below.

Choosing Appliances
When it comes to choosing appliances for a kids’ bathroom, simple is better. However, simple doesn’t necessarily mean cheap or unsightly. Eventually the kids’ who are using your bathroom will grow up and you may want to change the look and design of the bathroom. Think about a simple, yet stylish design that will suffice when the bathroom gets converted into a guest bath or general-use bathroom. This means, invest in a traditional shower/tub combo, choose an average vanity that you can pull a footstool up to, and go for a neutral toilet that will work in any general design. Think about long-term use of the bathroom, and not just the immediate situation. While it might be fun to go all out for a kids’ bathroom, will it be worth it in ten years when the kids have outgrown the style, or in 20 years when they have moved out and you have to redo the bathroom for general use?

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Choosing the Colors
When it comes to choosing the color tones for your kids’ bathroom, you can feel free to get creative. After you’ve chosen a neutral primary color, the walls, accessories, and even the vanity can be fun, kid-friendly colors. Painting is one of the easier remodeling techniques and the room can always be touched up and given a more neutral color after it outgrows the kid theme. If the room will be used for all girls or boys, you can consider the traditional baby colors, such as pink or blue, but it might be a good idea to stick with unbiased gender colors if you’re still expecting, or know that more than one gender will be sharing the bathroom. Shades of yellow, red, and browns often work well to keep the bathroom neutral.

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Organization Strategies
Once you have your appliances, colors, and the basic layout of your bathroom is done, it’s time to implement some organizational strategies to help maintain those bathroom messes and reduce the frequency with which dirt and grime spread. There are some great and simple techniques that can be used to keep the bathroom under control. A simple, cleverly phrased sign can be a great way of remind your kids to wash their hands, flush the toilet, turn off the water all the way, wipe down the counters, and more.

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Organizational tools such as individualized towel racks, toothpaste/toothbrush and floss jars, and bathtub baskets for toys are other solutions to keeping things orderly and clean in the bathroom. There are a lot of great tools and gadgets that will make kids excited about working together to keep the bathroom clean and organized. From dinosaur toilet paper holders, to chore charts the kids can check off themselves once they complete a task, by the end of your planning, you should have one of the cleanest kids’ bathrooms among all your friends.

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Kids bathrooms often create one of the most dreaded rooms to clean for parents, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. There are plenty of things you can do to get your kids excited about helping you keep things organized. If you’re modeling a kids’ bathroom for the first time, just remember to think about the long-term, and not just the next few years. At some point, your kids will grow up, outgrow childish designs, and eventually move out. Think about how your bathroom will be used once the kids are gone, and make sure you don’t install anything too permanent, unless you’re willing have it stay or do major reconstruction to get it out. What kind of creative ideas have you implemented in your kids’ bathrooms? Let us know in the comments below!

Unless your bathroom was built for luxury, chances are that it might feel pretty small. If your bathroom is short on storage space, gets used by more than one or two people, or has inconveniently placed appliances, you might be wondering how you can make that cramped and crowded space feel just a bit roomier without remodeling your whole bathroom. Obviously, moving the major appliances, such as the shower, toilet, and vanity are last resort options, but the good news is that there are plenty of alternative options to take before it comes to uprooting your bathroom.

Hang, Hang, Hang
One of the biggest space savers for small bathrooms is hanging storage. This can come in a variety of options, and they don’t have to look tacky or out of place. The main idea is to keep things off the floor. A clean, uncluttered floor can go a long way to making the whole bathroom look and feel a lot bigger. Hang some cute baskets along the wall where you can keep some extra supplies, such as toilet paper, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Some single, stand-alone shelves also look nice and have a modern feel to them, if your bathroom has a more contemporary style. For a rustic bathroom, some old crates could do the trick and add to the stylistic appeal of your bathroom at the same time. One thing to look for is the location of the hanging storage. Whenever possible, try to hang the storage in between two places that already stick out so that the shelving does not create additional bulk in the bathroom.

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Over-the-Toilet Storage
Another great space saving idea for small bathrooms is over-the-toilet storage. The toilet is one area of the bathroom that takes up space without giving space back in return (unlike, say, a vanity). However, because a toilet creates a such a bulky, intrusive area in the bathroom, over-the-toilet storage can be a great way to get some additional storage room out of the space that is already being taken up by the toilet. This can be done by simply hanging shelves like we mentioned above, or you can find an over-the-toilet cabinet space like the one shown below. There are many options to choose from and they can make big statements stylistically or they can simply be a structure to provide additional space.

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Cabinet Shelving
Another great way to save space is to add shelving to your vanity cabinets. Many vanities come with large open compartments for space, but this actually wastes all of the space at the top of the cabinet unless you are storing very tall material in the vanity. A great way to get the most out of your space is to either build shelving into your vanity or to get some temporary shelves to slide into the cabinet space. This will allow you to store more with the space you have and it will also help to keep your things more organized instead of just being thrown together in one big space.

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Door Storage
Another way to maximize space and keep things off of countertops and out of site is to use the inside of cabinet doors for additional storage space. You can use bigger shelving for large doors, such as the vanity cabinet doors; and you can use smaller, petite shelves for things like the medicine cabinet that can hold small items, such as toothbrushes, makeup or nail polish, tweezers/nail clippers, combs, etc. This technique will not only give you more room on the shelves inside the cabinet , but it can also keep things from getting so crowded and prevent everything from falling out when you try to grab that one small item.

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Shower Shelving
Another great way to save some space in a very small bathroom is to get some shower shelving. Most shower shelving works by a simple suction cup that sticks to the wall of the shower. You can get as many shelves as you need and for truly crowded bathrooms, you may even consider storing your stockpile of shower/bath products in the shower stall, behind a curtain or foggy door so that your other shelving can be used for additional space. You can also find a trio shampoo/conditioner/body wash dispenser that will take your shampoo and conditioner bottles off of the ledges of the bathtub and keep them out of the way. The more things that you can store in the hidden area of the shower, the more room you will have for storing non-shower/bath products in the rest of the bathroom.

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These are just a few ideas for ways that you can save space in the bathroom. While small bathrooms can often seem like an inconvenient hassle, there are many smart workarounds that will make life much easier and create a more open and spacious feel in the bathroom. How do you dealt with a small bathroom in the past? What kind of solutions and hacks did you come up with? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below and let’s come up with some great ideas!