The bathroom is where you freshen up in the morning to look your best and unwind at the end of a long day. While in essence a bathroom is a functional space, choosing the right fixtures and style for a 4-piece bathroom can elevate your time within.
Read on to learn how you can create a 4-piece bathroom that fosters the mood you are looking for - even when you’re working with a small space.
What is a 4-piece bathroom?
A 4pc-bathroom is a bathroom design that includes four plumbing fixtures each with its own drain. While you’ll often see the phrase listed in real estate listings, the actual configuration of the bathroom can vary.
Many of our bathroom renovations are to build or rejuvenate a 4-piece bathroom.
Common fixtures include:
Standalone tub or hot tub
Here is one example of a 4-piece bathroom design we completed for a client::
4pc-bathroom including two sinks, a toilet and a shower.
Choosing bathroom fixtures is the starting process. Do we need a double sink for washing up, or can we make do with one? Would a tub or hot tub be more practical for the space? Can I compromise on a corner shower unit to save space?
We like to start big, asking yourself what you would include in your “sky’s the limit” bathroom - then compromise down from there. You’ll want to consider the following:
What is the primary function of this bathroom?
Where is this bathroom located in the home?
How much space do I have to work with?
What can I include to increase my comfort?
Once you’ve established what fixtures you want to include, it’s time to choose styles that match your aesthetic and create the atmosphere you’re after.
Choosing your 4-piece bathroom suite style
The focal point of your bathroom will be the fixtures, so you should take your time choosing a style that works for you. These are just a few of the styles we’ve helped design and build, and the most popular ones.
Traditional bathroom designs are the most common and are focused primarily around functionality and comfort. While this style may be simple in scope, you don’t need to compromise on elegance - try using materials such as metal fixtures, tile, marble, or polished wood for a tactile feel.
While typically utilizing neutral colours, you can also experiment with complementary colour schemes.
The contemporary style embraces the minimalist design trend. This style incorporates a stark contrast between light and dark elements to draw the eye to various focal points.
Glass wall showers and rectangular surfaces emphasize the functional aspect of this style, while metallic and wood accents along with marble tile or countertops add an element of luxury.
Bold, simple, efficient - this about sums up the modern bathroom. Like the contemporary bathroom there is a focus on minimalism, but an even greater focus on simplicity. Unlike contemporary, the surfaces and fixtures are all relatively simple, but with interesting geometry.
The modern bathroom employs fewer patterns and more stone and porcelain - but is often accompanied by colour from art or plants.
The transitional style is where your imagination can run wild, blending together elements of both traditional and more modern designs. Think claw-foot tub meets industrial sinks.
It helps to choose a focal fixture for a transitional bathroom and work around that - choosing colours, accents and secondary fixtures to complement the main attraction.
Also Read: Trendy Bathroom Renovation Ideas and Considerations 2019
Small 4-piece bathroom design ideas
Just because your bathroom is small doesn’t mean you need to compromise on having a full 4-piece suite. Consider some of the following ideas:
Floating sinks, toilets and vanities
Where standard sinks, toilets, and vanities can feel bulky in a small bathroom, their floating cousins help open up the space. By having these fixtures attached to the wall, you leave room open for your feet or for different styles of bathroom shelving or baskets for storage.
Add a large mirror
A large mirror reflects the light in the room and creates the illusion of more space. Try to include a mirror opposite a window to boost the amount of natural light you get in the space.
Use a light colour palette
White or light walls or tiles give the illusion of more space. Neutral colours such as white or gray, or a nice mellow yellow all work to this effect.
Build recessed shelving
Rather than having your shelving stick out, why not build it into the wall? Recessed shelving by the sink or a ledge or niche for the bathing area helps maximize your space without compromising storage.
Install glass shower doors
Visual obstructions such as shower curtains will make your bathroom feel much smaller than it really is. Consider opening up the space by using a glass door instead.
Realize Your Vision for Your 4-Piece Bathroom in the GTA
At Bryant Renovations, we have been designing and executing bathroom renovations since 1986. Our team of boutique renovation experts will work with you and the contractors throughout the entire build to ensure everything goes according to plan.
To get a quote on your dream bathroom renovation, reach out to us today.
Looking for inspiration for the rest of your home? Read: Contemporary Interior Design Trends For 2019.