There are many materials all bathrooms need regardless of your style. Since bathrooms are wet from showering and bathing you need to purchase water-resistant materials. These materials are designed to stand up to water and damp air. If you skimp in this area the materials won’t last very long leaving you spending more money in the long run. Make sure you also choose lighting that is approved for humid areas. Any areas that come into direct contact with water will most likely have to be wet-rated. Such items would be a shower stall light, etc. You should never use wallpaper as a wall treatment in a bathroom unless you don’t mind them peeling or blistering. It is best to use semi-gloss paint for your wall designing.
Non-absorbent flooring is also a necessity. Generally these options are either vinyl or porcelain tile. A lot of people try to modernize their bathrooms with natural stone however, because it is so porous it will stain easily. Carpeting is a no-no because it absorbs bacteria and mold. Cabinets and storage areas should be made out of plywood or bamboo. Bamboo has an excellent aesthetic appeal and is more durable than conventional hardwood.
Ventilation is the most important component when it comes to your bathroom remodel. The vent in your bathroom help shuttle damp air from the room. If you skimp on this step it can lead to mildew and mold. This is a major health hazard and can even lead to structural damage. Depending on the size of your bathroom will determine the number of exhaust fans and ventilating power needed. Your bathroom fan should vent to the outdoor. You do not want damp air getting into the walls which will cause a lot of problems later on.
Safety is one of the most overlooked but critical aspects when it comes to bathroom design. Many basic features are overlooked like grab bars which are not only essential for the elderly. Slip resistant materials should also be at the top of your list.