6 Bathroom Design Features Pros Always Recommend

by | Jul 14, 2021 | Signature Kitchen & Bath Blog | 0 comments

Here’s a good article on design features for bathrooms by Andrew Saladino for Kitchen Cabinet Kings.

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Why settle for a mediocre bathroom remodel? By incorporating a few of these high-end design features in your bathroom, you’ll create a space that leaves your friends and family oohing and aahing. If you’re in the process of designing your bathroom, don’t forget to incorporate a few of these design features recommended by the pros.

Heated Floors

If you prefer to shower in the morning, you understand the pain of getting out of a steaming hot shower onto the cold tile floors. The only benefit is that it really helps to wake you up from the startling chill. Instead, you can create a warm and comforting oasis that enhances your shower experience with heated floors. Heated floors create a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home, making your bathroom all the more enjoyable whether it is early in the morning of a freezing winter evening.


Although choosing a lighting fixture may seem like an easy part of the remodeling process, it isn’t a step that should be glossed over. The wrong lighting choice can easily make your bathroom appear dated. You should look for lighting options that accentuate the natural lighting from the windows, as well as meet all of your specific needs.

For example, if you tend to wake up multiple times throughout the night to use the restroom, you may be in need of a nightlight. Instead of plugging in an after-market option into outlets — taking up valuable real estate — you can install hidden nightlights along the baseboards or on the underside of your vanity. Using a sensor, the lights will automatically turn on when the room is dark and turn off when the room is lit from both natural and artificial lighting.

Other lighting details to consider include dimmer switches that allow you to set the mood of the room. If you’re settling in for a relaxing bath, you may prefer a dimmer atmosphere, while getting ready in the morning will require the lights to be turned up all the way.

When choosing the fixtures, you can opt for recessed lighting that seamlessly blends into the space or decorative options like chandeliers to elevate the bathroom. With so many options on the market, you should think about how you plan to use the bathroom and find lighting solutions that enhance your experience.

In-Drawer Outlets

There’s nothing worse than a cluttered bathroom counter — especially when it is covered in a tangle of cords. Instead of leaving a charging razor or toothbrush on top of the counter, you can install in-drawer outlets that allow you to discreetly store your bathroom appliances while continuing to provide them with the necessary power to charge. In-drawer outlets are also great for other bathroom tools such as curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers. Keeping these gadgets off of the countertop not only decreases the look of clutter but prevents the risk of them becoming damaged through exposure to water.

Shower Niche

Are you tired of having your shampoo and body wash crowding up a corner on the floor of your shower? Or do you rely on a showerhead rack that never stays in place? An attractive and wow-worthy solution is to install a shower niche for added storage of your shampoo bottles and other bathroom products. A shower niche is a recessed section in the shower wall that can be designed to be as big, small, high, or low as you want it to be for your exact needs. You can even make it a focal point of your shower by tiling it with a contrasting tile than the rest of the shower!

Handheld Showerhead

If you have children or pets, you know how frustrating bathtime can be. On the days where your children or pets get extremely dirty, you may need to give them a shower or bath to clean off the muck. But without a handheld sprayer, it can be extremely difficult to get an adequate clean. Instead you may find yourself filling up cup after cup of water and trying to splash it on them at the right angle. Handheld showerheads are also helpful for cleaning the shower walls and rinsing off your legs after shaving. Even if you’re on the fence about it, we recommend installing a handheld sprayer for the added convenience.

Heated Towel Rack

Have you ever stood in the shower for an extra few minutes simply because you didn’t want to walk out into the cold air of the bathroom? Easily enhance your shower experience by installing a wall-mounted heated towel rack that keeps your towel warm — making it a bit easier to get out of the shower in the morning! Not only will a heated towel rack keep your towel warm, but will help your towels dry faster and keep them smelling fresh for longer.

Frequently Asked Questions


It’s no surprise that many homeowners are nervous about the safety of heated floors in the bathroom, as the combination of water and electricity can seem dangerous. Heated bathroom floors are a safe form of heating, providing you with peace of mind and optimal comfort.


When installing radiant heated floors during your remodel, you can expect to spend approximately $10 – $12 per square foot — or about $600 for a standard sized bathroom. However, this price can increase drastically if you opt for electric heating or custom elements. But you can recoup some of the cost because heated flooring adds resale value to any home.


While you will need to determine the ideal shower niche size for your specific shower, a common size shower niche is 12″w x 24″h. The typical depth is about 3.5 inches, but this can be customized to your exact needs. These dimensions allow you to fit most, if not all, of your shower products instead of having them resting on the shower floor.


For optimal reach and control of the handheld sprayer, it is recommended that you install a sprayer no shorter than 5 feet long, ideally around 6 feet. The longer the sprayer, the more flexibility you’ll have to move about the space.