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Article: 20 Smart Jack-and-Jill Bathroom Ideas That Still Look Chic

20 Smart Jack-and-Jill Bathroom Ideas That Still Look Chic
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20 Smart Jack-and-Jill Bathroom Ideas That Still Look Chic

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While many of us grew up in a home with a round mirror hanging in the shared bathrooms, we probably didn't have a jack-and-jill bathroom — that is, until you moved into a suite-style dorm in college. Jack-and-jill bathrooms are unique spaces, defined by their two entrances, both often leading to a separate bedroom. If you're thinking of incorporating a stylish vanity mirror with lights into your design, this style of bathroom is a fantastic choice.

What Is a Jack-and-Jill Bathroom?

Popular in the 1970s, a jack-and-jill bathroom often joins bedrooms and features double vanities, creating a space for each child to enjoy their own bathroom mirror. While it may seem a little unusual to access a bathroom strictly through a bedroom (which in turn provides access to the bedroom next door), the room layout was actually invented to help growing families share bathrooms in the house, just like an antique mirror reflects shared experiences.

Many recently-built homes might not feature jack-and-jill bathrooms or a vanity with mirror and lights, but there are plenty of homes from yesteryears that still have them. They might seem a bit tricky to decorate because of the two doors (which can limit options for wall mirror decor), but these bathrooms are full of potential for those wanting to get creative with their design. Consider adding a trendy framed mirror or a classic full-length mirror to open up the space.

Here are 20 jack-and-jill bathrooms ideas that are interesting in design and beautiful to look at.

Make it Work for More Than Two

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Those with big families know the challenge of grappling for the bathroom mirror, especially when everyone's routine syncs up. The advantage of jack-and-jill bathrooms is that it allows more than one person to prepare at the same time (when it comes to brushing teeth and other non-private bathroom activities).

We love how this room could accommodate three people if necessary—two sinks boasting a stylish gold mirror each, and a vanity offer ample space for everyone.

Opt for Glass Doors

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If you can, swap out an old curtain for a glass shower door. Not only does it lend a modern look to any bathroom, but it visually opens up the room. Jack-and-jill bathrooms can appear small because of the doors, so maintaining any sightlines that make the room appear larger, like reflected in a large wall mirror, can be highly beneficial.

Consider the View

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When a bathroom opens up into a bedroom, it's crucial to mull over what you (or a guest) will see when exiting the bathroom. Position a plant next to the door for a great décor accent, and be sure that the bedroom's vignette appears appealing too, perhaps with the addition of a decorative wall mirror.

Embrace Stark Contrast

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Add depth and height to your space by installing dark cabinets under your sink and maintaining a lighter tone, such as tiles or vanity mirrors with lights on top. Tiling to the ceiling will also boost the room's perceived height.

Opt for Unique Lighting

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Sticking to a simple bathroom design is all well and good, but a clever lighting choice can elevate it from plain to sophisticated. Try installing lighting in unexpected places, like sconces on the mirror, to not only brighten up the enclosed room but also inject a splash of style into the space. An LED mirror could even be a perfect addition to your Jack and Jill bathroom.

Look Below for Space

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Utilizing vertical space is one of the easiest ways to decrease clutter on the floor and counters, but we often forget that vertical space exists under sinks and counters, too. Leave the space below your sink open for hanging towels or stowing laundry baskets, keeping them tucked away and out of the way.

Create Storage Nooks

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With a lack of wall space, it's important to put storage wherever you can. If you have the resources, use the empty space between wall studs to create some open shelving for storing things like tissues, makeup, and other essentials.

Embrace Symmetry

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A Jack-and-Jill bathroom is synonymous with symmetry, so why hesitate to embrace it? Creating a space oozing Symmetry is simply pleasing to the eye and renders a sleek appearance, just like a properly aligned round bathroom mirror.

Consider the Doors

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Two doors wildly swinging into a small bathroom? A big no. Contemplate installing pocket doors to enhance the space in the bathroom and to act as a remarkable design moment, much like a moon mirror can transform a mundane space.

Squeeze In a Tub

Jack-and-Jill bathrooms radiate a somewhat quaint feel, but that’s no reason to omit the inclusion of your dream soaking tub. Even a smaller tub will align proportionately in the space and offer you a cozy zone to unwind after a long day, reflecting your relaxation moments in your oval bath mirror.

Add All the Cabinets

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If you're crying out for storage space, anticipate adding a complete wall of cabinets if you have the room. This arrangement not only furnishes plenty of storage under the sink but also hosts two drawers in the vanity area to conceal makeup and other essentials right behind your vanity wall mirror.

Use Funky Tile

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In a space as intricate as a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, one might as well opt to conceive an interesting space visually. Ponder adding a backsplash behind the sink to both safeguard the wall from spills and integrate pattern into the space balancing with the pattern in your antique wall mirror.

Use Luxe Fixtures

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While an adjoining bathroom may feel juvenile, it can look extremely grown-up. Using luxe fixtures like gold faucets and faceted mirrors make the shared space feel more like a swanky bar bathroom than a random space between bedrooms.

Use Pegs for Organization

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Peg rails spell aesthetic appeal and are a phenomenal method to exploit vertical space, just as you use wall mounted mirrors for a spacious illusion. Shaker style rails grant permission to hang baskets stowing extra toilet paper and towels, doubling as space to dry damp towels and robes.

Pick a Color Scheme

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A clean color palette will bring any room together, especially if it's on the petite side. Cool grays make this space feel modern and fresh without feeling too blah.

Embrace the All-White Look

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Construct a light and bright ambiance efficiently by embracing all white walls, cabinets, tiles, and floors. To prevent the creation of a stinging stark contrast, consider adding a few touches of contrasting hues with the hardware and gold mirror bathroom, and grout.

Save Counter Space with Wall Fixtures

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Being short on counter space is a problem we're all familiar with, and having fixtures that come out of the wall saves precious surface area while also looking incredibly sleek.

Create Designated Zones

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Sometimes a jack-and-jill bathroom can feel more like a hallway that happens to have a bathroom in it, but creating intentional zones in the space will make it feel less transitional. Walls between storage, the sink, and the vanity in this space break it up without feeling disruptive.

Use One Wall

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So, you've lost two of your four walls to doors, why not free up one by putting all of your bathroom fixtures on one side? You can use the blank wall for storage or décor, or if you have the width, you could add a tub.

Add Unexpected Touches

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Less is more in a bathroom, but a great piece of décor never hurt anyone. Use unexpected items like a chair for practical purposes, like holding folded towels or a basket of toilet paper. It not only adds a fun design element, but it creates more surface space for you to set necessities on.

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