When it comes to planning a bathroom, a focus on function--specifically how you use your space--will help simplify and speed up even your most basic daily routines. Consider the following ideas to create your own custom grooming station that is not only beautiful but useful.
Every tool, cosmetic, and personal care item should be exactly where you need it, with no stooping or straining required. This means consolidating everything you need on a daily basis into a single area, rather than having to move around the room — or go to another room — to complete your routine.
Get the biggest mirror that will fit in your space so you can truly put your best face forward. Your mirror should also be properly positioned so that you can see yourself without having to shift, bend, pivot or lean.
Brightness is only one aspect of proper lighting. To avoid uneven illumination and unflattering shadows, make sure you have multiple light sources installed at different angles. Use a combination of ambient and task lighting to help achieve a balanced light intensity. Select bulbs that emanate soft light from the middle of the color spectrum, so you can correctly judge skin tone and colors.
Typical medicine cabinets let you see your reflection or access the cabinet’s contents, but not both at once. This is inefficient, forcing you to constantly open and close the cabinet door. Cabinets with a triple-mirrored design—with mirrors on the front and back of the cabinet door as well as another behind the shelving—allow you simultaneous access to both, so you open and close the cabinet only once while you groom.
A mirrored medicine cabinet is ideal for a grooming station. It not only puts all your products and implements where you need them, it also provides a reflective surface to consider your appearance. Medicine cabinets also keep your toiletries out of view, helping to cut down on visual clutter.
Your vanity should accommodate you, whether you wish to stand or sit as you groom. Vanities with sliding racks offer easier access to storage, as you do not have to kneel down to access contents at the rear of the cabinet.
Choose fixtures and accessories constructed of high-quality materials. Time and moisture can create permanent rust spots on medicine cabinet shelves. Fortunately, all KOHLER medicine cabinets are made of rust-free aluminum, so your grooming station will have a long life and beautiful appearance for many years to come.
Install a locking compartment in your medicine cabinet for privacy and to keep prescription medications out of reach of children.
Buy a medicine cabinet with adjustable shelves for easier organization.
Choose a cabinet with glass shelves to make it easier to find what you want when you need it.
Are you left-handed? KOHLER medicine cabinets are configurable to open either from left or right, for even greater convenience. That versatility also comes in handy in smaller baths where space is tight.