We have always loved modern design and are drawn to minimalism. Because we live in an apartment and have a very small bathroom, we dream of the day we can take a shower in a larger bathroom. Minimal bathrooms are architecturally beautiful, but we wonder where we would store our multitude of products and bath linens. When we envision the modern bathroom, we picture a stunning home owned by a bachelor or working couple with no children. As we all know, once kids come into the equation it is hard to maintain the same way of living and the demanding upkeep of the minimalist lifestyle. If you choose to take the minimal route when designing your bathroom, consider some other practical tips.
- Kids: Architectural bathrooms are not designed for the practical needs of children.
- Sharing: If you intend on sharing the bathroom with a significant other, seriously consider both partners' cleanliness.
- Cleaning: With the lack of furniture and accessories, your eyes will be drawn to every spot of dust or in our case toothpaste stains on the sink.
- Quality of Fixtures: Because minimal design is based on the concept of negative space, the attention is drawn to the sparse furniture and fixtures. It doesn't quite work if the fixtures are not in pristine condition or of lower quality.
- Lack of storage: Typically minimalist bathrooms lack storage for bathroom necessities. If you have a significant amount of storage in a nearby linen closet, then you could meet your practical bathroom needs.
Recently, we wrote a post titled, When to Use Minimalism in Design. If you want to incorporate the contemporary style in your home, consider the practical tips and the information in the former post.
We would love to hear feedback from individuals who currently practice minimalism in the bathroom. What do you love and what are your drawbacks?