Creative Countertops for RI Children’s Bathroom
If you’re redecorating a bathroom just for the children, start with the countertops just for fun, and get them to help.
Kids are all about fun, so why not have a little fun in their bathrooms, too? In lieu of countertops that play it safe — from a design point of view, anyway — opt for something that shows a little more ingenuity. Whatever you choose should be easy to maintain and, of course, have no safety issues. That said, there are a wide variety of inventive options. Here are just a few ideas to get your own bathroom design creative juices flowing:
- Add a Splash of Color Even with the most basic laminate, you can have some fun with color. Use a trendy color such as orange,not only will it add some pizzazz but — because it’s relatively inexpensive — it can be replaced when you grow tired of it. Likewise, quartz is another favorite materials — specifically Cambria or Caesarstone. It’s maintenance-free and pretty much indestructible, plus, there are also some fun, vibrant, kid colors to choose from.
- Select a Complementary Sink Countertops and sinks go together, well, like soap and water. And by considering the two design elements as a team, you can take creativity to yet another level. The plethora of solid surfaces on the market, for instance, not only allows all kinds of color choices, inlay options and edge treatments. They also give you the opportunity to use an integral sink. The real advantage of going this route, one that’s custom crafted seamlessly into the countertop itself — can be easily cleaned.
- Let Kids Get Creative A child’s bathroom is one of the best places to let his or her imagination go wild. For instance,have your wee ones paint and fire their own ceramic tiles. (There are more and more retailers, all the time, that offer this service.) Then, incorporate them into the countertop, the backsplash — even wainscoting or a shower wall. process and ‘display’ their own art!” she says. Still another way to let a child express his or her creativity, is to apply chalkboard paint to a smooth countertop surface. Water won’t harm it and — by keeping colored chalk and erasers close at hand — the “mini masterpieces” can be changed just as often as you like.
- Incorporate Precious Items Although it’s probably not the first countertop surface people think of for kids, concrete is a perfectly viable option, especially if you take steps to customize it. You can really make it something special, by embedding small items such as marbles and shells. Embedding items into a countertop can have striking results. Another fun idea is to have [ceramic] tiles custom made with some of your memorabilia imbedded into it, such as coins from international travel, charms, etc.
- Create Separate Spaces And what if the bathroom has to accommodate not one child, but two? If space allows, create separate grooming spaces, with two distinct countertops, sinks and storage areas; perhaps even put them on opposing corners of the room. This “separate but equal” approach presents the opportunity to do something slightly different for each child, too. One countertop, for instance, might be a navy blue solid surface with a cream-colored inlay and the other cream-colored with a navy blue inlay. Or, using the embedded-tile idea, customize each child’s area with items that best reflect his or her personality.