A Jack and Jill bathroom are basically a shared and private bathroom by two connected bathrooms. The original tradition was begun in the early 1950s and became extremely popular in television shows such as The Brady Bunch, M.A.S.H., and Housewives. Today it has become a popular alternative for families with 2 or more children.
Not only does it save space but also allows a parent to take advantage of a larger sized family bathroom without having to share. Jack and Jill bathrooms are very common in households consisting of close friends and they fit perfectly. They can be decorated in a number of ways to create an eclectic look. Small bottles of lotion, bottles of hand cream, or jars of nail polish can all be placed here.
Jack and Jill bathrooms can be decorated in a variety of ways. The most inexpensive way to decorate is to use basic colors such as light blue, light green, and white. Shades of gray or even black can be used for accent colors. Coroplast, thin wall paper, and inexpensive corrugated plastic are all good materials for the walls. Many people even use inexpensive plastic or foil for this purpose. It is important to cover all of these items with a light shade of corrugated plastic.
As a general rule, Jack and Jill bathrooms should have two sinks, one for each person. One sink can usually fit underneath the other to save space. Coroplast sinks can also be installed instead of stainless steel sinks. Since a custom home has unique floor plans, the type of sink that a homeowner chooses for their Jack and Jill bath may be different than someone else using a similar style of bathroom.
Lighting is another key element to consider. Most people like to use lights that shine down from a ceiling height over the shower and into the bathroom. These types of lights are not allowed in many of the more popular custom homes, but they do make the bathrooms more practical for their owners. There are many different types of mini-pendants that can be added to these lights. A unique twist on this aspect of the lighting scheme is to include two doors in the bathroom which open onto the deck or patio area of the home.
Adding a two seater bathroom vanity will provide more room for storage and counter space. A good place to install a double sink is along the two walls of the vanity area. The space under the sink can be used as storage for items that are not needed every day. For those who want extra privacy, installing sliding glass cabinet doors on either side of the double sink allows for complete privacy in the bathroom. This is especially helpful when using the bathroom during the day when it is not nearly possible to be completely closed off with bathroom doors.
Jack and Jill bathrooms are also great places to install two sinks. Since these bathrooms tend to have more than one person using them at any given time, two sinks can be installed. These sinks do not have to be identical and there is no reason to decorate the bathrooms to the same extent as an individual room. A good way to start the process of decorating a Jack and Jill bathroom without having to duplicate the other half of the house is to buy some new art that features people or children in various states of undress. Art is also an excellent way to create privacy in bathrooms when two people share the space beneath the sink.
Jack and Jill bathrooms can easily be customized by adding some carefully selected elements. Many decorating companies specialize in creating unique Jack and Jill bathroom designs. One should take advantage of these companies in order to get a one-bathroom design. A unique Jack and Jill bathroom make for a great looking bathroom that both Jack and Jill will enjoy for many years.