Bathroom remodels can be some of the most expensive house remodels. Not to mention that they are a huge and messy job but once the remodelling is done, the results can be stunning.
However, not all bathrooms require a complete gut job. Some bathrooms need a simple makeover or a little refresh. This means that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on these types of remodels.
If you think that it’s high time to remodel your dated bathroom, there are some tips that you should know about.
1. How expensive will the remodel be
Before you jump right into bathroom remodelling, check the state of your current bathroom and ask yourself some questions. Do you need to completely gut your bathroom? Is it in that bad shape, or does it just need some tweaks? What are your expectations? What do you want your bathroom to look like?
Answering all of these questions will help you plan your remodelling budget. Also, don’t forget to include the size of your bathroom and the quality of materials when planning a budget.
The last thing that you need to take into consideration is whether or not you’ll need to hire a contractor. There are some things that you can do yourself (if you’re skilled), but there may be things that only a contractor can do.
Once you put all that on paper, you’ll know exactly how expensive the remodel will be.
2. Consider the bathroom layout
If you have to do a complete gut job then make sure you make the most of it. This means that you should reconsider your bathroom’s floor plan. This is especially important if you have a small bathroom.
Most small bathrooms seem cramped and that’s why you should try to create a spacious and airy bathroom layout. The best suggestion would be not to change the location of the faucets because that can be too expensive. Instead, try to work around them and create the best possible layout you can.
One designer tip is to never make the toiled a focal point in your bathroom. This means that the toilet should never be the first thing seen when the doors are open. It’s not exactly aesthetically pleasing.
3. Bathroom ventilation
When doing the remodelling, don’t forget to address the bathroom ventilation. Every bathroom needs a ventilation system – for some bathrooms that is the window, and for others, it’s an exhaust fan.
If you don’t have windows in your bathroom, an exhaust fan will do the job, but only if you choose an appropriate fan that isn’t too loud.
4. Plan the lighting
A bathroom should be a bright enough space. For that reason, you need to carefully plan your lighting. Layered lighting is the best solution for bathrooms. Layered lighting features task, accent, ambient, and decorative lighting.
Task lighting is the primary – the brightest place in your bathroom should be around or above your mirrors. Task/accent lighting in your bathroom includes lighting fixtures that shine from above – ceiling or recessed lights, a chandelier, or pendant lights.
Ambient and decorative lighting should be gentle and not too harsh, soft lighting that sets the mood in the bathroom.
5. Bathroom flooring
When picking the right flooring for your bathroom, you have many options to choose from. You can opt for a staple ceramic or porcelain tile look, or you can add character to your bathroom with wood flooring.
Other options include luxury vinyl, engineered wood, cork flooring, concrete, and natural stone, to name a few. Of course, before settling on either of these options do a bit of research to find out which flooring option is most durable and water-resistant.
6. Bathroom colour
The colour plays a big role in bathroom design as well. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, the best would be to paint it in brighter and more neutral colours. If you choose darker colours for smaller spaces, you’ll make them feel even smaller and tighter.
In small bathrooms, the colour of sanitaryware also matters. So, make sure that the toilet bowl, bathtub, sink, and so on are always white – any other colour will make the bathroom look smaller than it is.
7. Bathroom accessories
When it comes to bathroom accessories – water and shower fixtures, hardware, hooks, and so on, think of them as bathroom jewellery. Bathroom accessories come in many different finishes. Currently, the most popular finishes include chrome, polished and brushed nickel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, and of course black finishes.
The finish you choose for your bathroom accessories can have a huge impact on your bathroom. Accessories catch the eye of everyone who enters your bathroom and as such, they should be carefully chosen.
8. Choose the right vanity
All anyone wants is a double sink vanity. However, a double sink vanity is not always a viable option. Since vanities serve a certain purpose, you should pick the right one for your bathroom.
Too big vanity can make a room feel small and constricted. In this case, you have the option of using a free-standing sink. On the other hand, the too-small vanity can leave you with a lack of counter space and storage.
Another thing to consider when picking a vanity is the material it’s made of. With the right vanity material, you won’t have to worry about its durability and maintenance.
9. Use the vertical space
Bathrooms get cluttered really fast. To avoid cluttering your bathroom and to add as much storage to your bathroom as possible, try making the most of the vertical space.
Add wall-mounted shelves, hanging hooks, and baskets for storage. Also, think about increasing storage space behind the door with hanging organizers and hooks.
10. Bathroom mirrors
Mirrors aside from being indispensable grooming aids can also serve as design elements that can make the room seem bigger and brighter.
So, in addition to your usual above-the-sink mirror, think about incorporating more mirrors in your bathroom to expand it visually and make it bright and airy.
With these 10 tips, there is no way that you can make any mistakes while remodelling your bathroom. And remember, always do a thorough assessment of the bathroom before starting a remodelling job and do budget planning! Maybe you’re bathroom only needs some cosmetic remodels to shine again!