Remodeling your bathroom is a project that brings both resale value increase and major quality of life improvement. The problem, however, lies in the fact that making all of these things come to life may be quite expensive.
While, whether it’s worth it or not, is usually not a question (it’s almost always worth it), the cost alone can move this quite a bit down on your priority list. Still, with the right design, you can easily gain some additional motivation, thus overcoming the obstacle in question. Here are six design tips to help you out.
1. Bathtub vs. shower
A tub and a shower are not always interchangeable. First of all, you need to consider the amount of space that you have in your bathroom. Sometimes, you can install a tub and a shower or a tub within a shower. If you have more than one bathroom, having a shower in one and a tub in a second one might seem like a winning combination.
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, there’s the question of a budget. Installing a shower is almost always a more frugal option. Speaking of a tub, is it going to be a freestanding one or not? In other words, there’s no right or wrong, it’s all contextual.
2. Choose the right flooring
The choice of the right floor can be quite difficult. On the one hand, if you want to go for tiles (which is a standard option), you need to start by figuring out where the tiles end? Do they continue onto the wall? If so, then the choice of the flooring option also means that the choice of the bathroom palette.
The bathroom floor is not just an aesthetic element. It needs to be durable enough to withstand occasional moisture, regular humidity and, overall, higher temperatures than the rest of the home. In other words, you’re looking for the best of both worlds.
3. Going for a theme
When looking to visually upgrade your bathroom, you should start by setting a theme for the area. For starters, you need to decide on the general direction that your bathroom should take. The colour palette is one of the things you should focus on. This, however, doesn’t just affect the colour of your walls and the choice of tiles, it also plays a major role in your furniture selection process.
For instance, when choosing a bathroom vanity, you need to know what the rest of the bathroom will look like. Other elements are also affected by the choice of the theme. With the industrial theme, you can stick with transparent plumbing and naked brick wall, as long as you have enough metallic (copper and bronze) elements.
4. Suitable lighting
A bathroom is a functional area of the home but it depends on so many functions. For instance, if you plan to shave/apply make-up, you need task light. If you want to set the mood for your bathtub experience, you might want to go with ambience light, instead. The best way to solve this problem is to avoid sticking to a single lighting fixture, a single source of light.
Layered lighting should be your safest bet. The bathroom mirror should have its own light source, while the illumination in the rest of the room should definitely be adjustable.
5. Additional decoration
When decorating your bathroom, you need to think a bit about the details. The right choice of wall ornaments and bathroom mats can make a huge visual difference. One idea that a lot of people are favouring in their bathrooms is the addition of some indoor greenery.
Bathrooms are warm and humid and there are some potted plants that find these conditions to be favourable. In return, they visually enrich the place, freshen the air and overall pull their own weight. Do some research and find the combination that suits you the most.
6. Think about the maintenance
Finally, you can’t merely focus on the visuals, seeing as how the maintenance of your bathroom also depends on the design. The layout determines which areas of your bathroom are easily reachable, while the materials determine the cleaning process.
How easy, time-consuming or costly a single cleaning session of your bathroom will be, depends exclusively on the design and layout that you choose for it. Not everything is as it seems, so do some research online (best if you were to focus on user reviews and testimonials).
At the end of the day, the list of additional things you can do to enrich your bathroom space goes on and on. Adding additional protection (for instance, to the lower section of the wall), installing more mirrors and adding more racks are just some honourable mentions. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way and it’s impossible to come up with a one-size-fits-all solution that will favour every bathroom. You need to find the combination that works for you.
Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.
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