Bathrooms are the number one place that homeowners love to remodel, even more than kitchens. The space is smaller, making the job a bit easier. Plus, this reduced space means reduced cost: less flooring and paint, fewer cabinets and countertop.
We know how tempting it is to just rip it all out and start fresh, but you won’t have to resort to this with our expert guide. We’ve put together our best tips for remodelling your bathroom space to ensure that your bathroom renovation project will be a success.
RECESS FOR EXTRA ROOM
When space is extremely tight, built-ins such as recessed soap dishes, medicine cabinets, and even toilet roll holders pry out as much available room as possible from tiny bathrooms.
All bathrooms need some type of ventilation, by code, either in the form of a properly sized window or a bathroom exhaust fan. For bathroom fans, look at both their exhaust capacity in conjunction with their noise levels.
ADD PLANTS FOR LIVING COLOR
Plants in the bathroom should not be an afterthought. Plants bring much-needed color into sterile bathrooms. Consider adding a floating shelf expressly for the purpose of giving your trailing plants a cozy home.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLOORING
Pick flooring that is hardy enough to stand up against the rigors of daily bathroom use. Bathroom flooring favorites include ceramic and porcelain tile, luxury vinyl plank, vinyl tiles, and sheet vinyl flooring.
ADJUST ROOM SIZE WITH COLOR
To make a small bathroom look bigger, make sure that your color palette stays in the white-or-light color spectrum. Always think twice about painting your bathroom ceiling any color but white or off-white, as this tends to shrink the room down even more.
In a room where people need to visually inspect their hair and faces, lighting is usually very dim and concentrated only in one spot from a ceiling fixture. Consider adding lighting around the bathroom mirror in the form of sconces.
ADD FREESTANDING PIECES
If space permits, many home decorators recommend having one freestanding piece such as a decorative chair or cupboard as a design element.
Hooks are the easiest way to add surface area to a bathroom without actually adding a real countertop surface area. Hooks can be used for everything from clothes to bathrobes to towels.
INCLUDE MORE MIRRORS
Most people think of mirrors in bathrooms only for the purpose of checking makeup or primping hair. But it’s also important to think of mirrors in bathrooms as design elements that expand the room visually and add light to the room.
PROTECT LOWER SECTION OF THE WALL
Beadboard performs the very valuable function of protecting the lower section of the walls from the inevitable splashes of water that occur in bathrooms from the tub or shower. Tile, too, serves the same purpose of protecting the walls against moisture.
We all want a bathroom that would be a reflection of our personal style and be able to deliver the comfort we need at the same time. Consider the above collection of tips as your cheat sheet for finals week. You’ll be happy you prepared.