7 Tips to Create a Comfortable Bathroom

Choose bathroom lighting that adds ambiance in addition to visibility.

5. Let There Be Light!

Proper lighting provides visibility in dark rooms, but a comfortable bathroom should feature more than task lighting. It should have lights that add ambiance and help create a spa-like atmosphere.

Traditionally, bathroom lights are fixed on ceilings — particularly in builder-grade homes — but mounted lights have grown increasingly popular.

For enclosed showers or bathtubs, use vapor-proof downlights, which are usually not affected by high moisture levels.

You can also use accent lights that spotlight features throughout the bathroom, providing all the illumination you need while adding ambiance.

6. Set Storage Space

Bathroom storage is necessary — don’t forget it during renovations.

Bathrooms can quickly become disorganized — especially in shared bathrooms — if you don’t ensure everything has its proper place.

Storage spaces could include the vanity, a window seat or a toilet topper cabinet. Floating shelves can provide an easy, affordable solution as well.

The key is to avoid freestanding shelving units that fill the room’s footprint, particularly in small spaces.

7. Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate

Ventilating your bathroom is necessary to promote indoor air quality.

If you want a bathroom that’s not just comfortable, but also is healthy, adequate ventilation is a must.

Ventilation protects your bathroom from becoming damp, which could lead to mold and mildew growth, affecting indoor air quality and your health.

Use exhaust fans and make sure that your bathroom has at least one opening window that lets air in and out.

After all, vent/fans can malfunction, or break, and in those cases, it’s good to have a backup option!


  1. susankayhs@gmail.com
    I need to add a door to our bathroom there is a Electric switch there but it can be moved. There Is a Linen storage in the closet but I need to add an exterior door for it as it’s very hard to access it. Do I shut off the electrical Then just cut into the wall to start the door? Help please.
    Susan Kay

    • Hi, Susan!
      First, turn off the power. Even with the power off, you don’t want to cut the wire, though, because you may need it to relocate the switch.
      Carefully cut through the drywall with a utility knife (and only with a utility knife) until you know where the wires are to avoid them.
      As always, if you consider this DIY job, please proceed with caution and at your own risk.
      Thanks for your question. 🙂

  2. I have a garden tub and need to replace /update the builder quality faucet. But there is no trap door access so how can this be done? The tub sits beside an (ugly) small shower stall with a glass front. My townhome is about 12 years old, I’m just trying to keep it up to date for enjoyment and future sale. Ideally, it would be nice to remove the entire tub and shower and REALLY update, but that’s not in my budget. Also, is a garden tub still a good selling feature?
    Love watching your show! Thank you much,

    • Hi, Denise,
      If the tub is made of “cultured marble,” it is possible that the entire front panel or “skirt” can be removed by cutting the caulk adhesive around the perimeter – otherwise you’ll have to remove the tub or go through a wall.
      Good luck!


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