There is no single bathroom style that is right for every home and homeowner. There are several distinct kinds of bathrooms, all of which have slightly different purposes. As a result, the primary purpose dictates different types of finish and different material choices.

The powder room, or half-bath, with only a toilet and small washbasin, is one variety. If the goal is to make a good impression on guests, this is just the place to splurge on dramatic wallpaper, a vessel sink and stylish and unusual lighting fixtures. Powder room materials need not be as water resistant as those that would be in the main or master bathroom where there is a shower.

Bathrooms for children don’t have to be high style and, in fact, will do better with highly durable finishes and fixtures. Here is the place for a one-piece tub and shower enclosure that keeps water where it belongs.

The master bath remodel is where you get the chance to create a “hotel at home.” This is where you can indulge your desires for more elbow room, a jetted whirlpool or deep soaking tub, open walk-in shower with jets positioned at the perfect heights for your body – and even a gas fireplace.

A bathroom remodel can range from something as simple as upgrading a vanity or replacing a toilet to a complete overhaul. This might include the relocation of plumbing and electrical lines or even breaking through a connecting closet and enlarging the room.

Layout is a key consideration, not only because it has a major impact on what the remodeled space will be like, but also because it affects the overall scope and cost of the project.

If this is something you are considering, think about it long and hard. It will help to check with professionals to explore options.

Diamond Riegel is an interior design consultant and owner of Designs by Diamond, Bluffton. diamondbydesign@aol.com