IKEA is known around the world for home design that is both affordable and fun. Since it can take more than a day to navigate the store from the couches all the way to the cookware, here is an update on what is hot in bathroom design at IKEA.
IKEA products and designs have a distinctive look that the company says directly reflects its Swedish roots.
"In Sweden, nature and the home both play a big part in people's lives. In fact, one of the best ways to describe the Swedish home furnishing style is to describe nature -- full of light and fresh air, yet restrained and unpretentious," according to the company on its website.
Light? Fresh air? Affordable and easy to create? Sounds good for a bathroom, doesn't it?
Many of IKEA's designs and products are designed to maximize space in small bathrooms.
GODMORGON mirror cabinet
There are a number of wall-mounted cabinet options available that meld with the concept of airiness.
IKEA also features pieces that offer open shelving on one side and closed-door storage on the other. Many of the storage units are also thin, but tall to maximize vertical space in a small bathroom without taking up floor space
IKEA's designers offer free-standing sink cabinets that look like pieces of furniture.
HEMNES sink cabinet with two drawers $249
All of the sink cabinets, from furniture-style to wall-mounted, offered by IKEA are sleek in design with very minimal hardware.
GODMORGON wall cabinet with one door black-brown $89.99
And like the majority of the furniture sold at IKEA, these cabinets require assembly at home. You'll have to decipher the picture flow chart and sort the bag of tiny pieces and screws, but in the end you'll most likely pay less than you would somewhere else.
IKEA builds water conservation into its bathroom sink design.
RÖSKÄR bath faucet with strainer $49.99
All of IKEA's faucets include aerators that are designed to save water and money. The company says adding air to the water doesn't reduce the water pressure at all so you're never left standing and waiting while trying to work up a lather.
IKEA's bathroom lighting fixture choices feature a gamut, from spotlights to sconces to stand-alone lighting units. It has some advice for choosing the best lighting on its website.
GODMORGON sink cabinet with two drawers high gloss white $299
IKEA recommends using its long fluorescent tube lights around the sink and mirror area. The fluorescents cast fewer shadows than other kinds of bulbs and make it easier to determine if those really are dark rings underneath your eyes or just a bit of murkiness caused by the lighting.
Decorating the IKEA way means selecting simple and uncomplicated pieces that provide function at an affordable price. IKEA eliminates fuss and clutter in favor of streamlined design. Updating your bathroom with something from IKEA is like introducing a breath of fresh Swedish air to your decor.
By Carla Turchetti