Your bathroom is your place of Zen – or, at least, it should be – but for many of us, that isn’t the case. When it comes to designing bathrooms, there is a reason beach themes are common regardless of how far inland you get: a bathroom is a place to relax, and relaxing imagery makes the experience more enjoyable. Nobody wants to take a hot bath or shower to relax the stresses of life away, all while looking at the chaos and ultimately fixating on how they really should get to those home improvement projects after all. Here are three steps to creating your ultimate bath retreat with Dura Supreme cabinetry.

Dura Supreme’s Floating Vanity Collection

Dura Supreme’s Floating Vanity Collection

Design with Functionality in Mind

Make no mistake, design should absolutely reflect the homeowner’s personal aesthetic and design goals – and that is every bit as important as functionality. That being said, it’s also well worth it to take a moment to consider personal needs in regards to organization and storage. Homeowners want a bathroom that works with them – not against them. By designing with functionality in mind, keeping a bathroom tidy and organized is a breeze.

Dura Supreme bathroom design by Chris Chidester of The Cabinet Center, California. Photography by John Welsh.

For a bathroom, most of the organizational magic happens with the cabinets – think about the features you love and hate in your current bathroom, in a friend’s bathroom or anywhere else you can get inspiration. Start making a list of wants and needs to share with the professionals who will bring the dream to life. In doing so, you can be sure to achieve ultimate relaxation knowing your bathroom storage problems are gone for good.

Dura Supreme vanity shown in the Meridien-Inset door style with a Personal Paint Match finish to “Silver Strand” (2019-2020 Curated Color) by Sherwin-Williams.

Dura Supreme vanity shown in the Meridien-Inset door style with a Personal Paint Match finish to “Silver Strand” (2019-2020 Curated Color) by Sherwin-Williams.

Define a Personal Idea of Relaxation

For some, cool tones evoke feelings of calm and cleanliness. For others, warm tones make them feel cozy and at home. Some aesthetics are all about minimalism, which can definitely help reduce stimuli and stress, while others love a richness in details that bring other emotions to life. There is no wrong way to build a personal happy place, but it is important to define your vision before proceeding with a redesign. The more materials and reference photos and resources available, the more it helps professionals understand the vision. With a better level of understanding comes an easier time transforming a current bathroom into a private getaway.

Floating vanity with two-toned wall hung bathroom cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Dura Supreme’s Floating Vanity Collection

Compromise on the Details, But Not the Dream

Every bathroom is different, and the unfortunate reality is that some people desire certain elements that their floor plan simply can’t accommodate. Nobody wants to settle for second best when investing in a redesign, but it’s also important to be realistic.

If any aspect of the vision is going to be a struggle, realize that there is more than likely a number of workarounds – some of which you may love more than the original idea! No matter what the case is, the details can be tweaked and changed, but you should always feel confident and in love with the big picture and final product.

A dream master bathroom with cool navy blue and walls and white painted oak bathroom cabinets and vanities from Dura Supreme. A free standing stone tub sits in front of several large windows with a stunning mountainside view.

Master bathroom featuring Dura Supreme’s Chapel Hill Panel – Inset in “White” painted Quarter-sawn  Oak combined with the Monterey – Inset door style in a “Heather” stained finish on Knotty Alder for the linen cabinetry. Design by Sandy Kloncz of Dura Supreme.

Brad McCarthy is a kitchen & bath designer for The cabinet Center in California and a guest blog author for Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Brad McCarthy has been a part of kitchen and bath cabinetry design since 2002. Before working in this industry, Brad worked as an airline mechanic. Working as an airline mechanic helped develop his eye for detail in the work he does today. Additionally, he also had experience in construction that assisted in his transition into cabinet design.

An already established entrepreneur, Brad began business operating under The Cabinet Center in a 300 ft studio. Today he has grown his business to operating in two locations (San Ramon and San Carlos California), and is one of the largest Dura Supreme retailers on the West Coast – winning him a Dura Supreme “Pinnacle” sales award.

Brad is also a part of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, and has been featured in Signature Kitchen & Baths as a top designer. His business, The Cabinet Center, is diamond certified and has also been featured on Best of Houzz multiple times.

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