101 Designer Secrets–#19, #20 and #22
The May issue of House Beautiful magazine has a 4 page spread of 101 Designer Secrets. We read them and decided to share along with some commentary. Not all 101 will be shared, but you can click on the link above to HB, or subscribe to their hard copy magazine to read them all if you wish to. Here are some related to bathroom design.
#19: Never use a sconce over a mirror in the bathroom–it will cast unflattering shadows across the face. Sconces that flank the mirror will give a more realistic and flattering light-Ron Southern
Yes, yes, yes. I am endlessly trying to eradicate the world of light bars or recessed lights in bathrooms over mirrors for this reason. While that is true, there are instances where the architecture will not allow for sconces to be placed flanking a mirror. Here is one example of what S Interior Design did to work around that issue. The light is a flexible track mounted to the electrical box above the mirror and curved to flank the mirror.
#21: I recommend a height of 36″ for a bathroom vanity instead of the standard 30″. It’s much more ergonomic and comfortable all around – Jason Bell
This is absolutely the truth unless of course you are 5’0″ tall. We always use a 36″ high vanity unless height of the user dictates other wise. In shared bathrooms with one partner being extra tall, we have even installed 42″ high vanities.
# 22: Instead of a towel bar, mount 5 robe hooks 68″ high for towels and robes-Robert Stilin
We very often recommend using hooks instead of towel bars. Sometimes the functional needs and space dictate that a combination of the two be used. How annoying is it to have to reach far out of the shower to reach a towel bar mounted 2-3 feet away? Absolutely add the hooks! Hooks mounted in a bathroom at child friendly heights are also a good idea to keep towels off the floor in bathrooms kids will be using.