You use it. Your guests use it. It’s a vital part of your home and you could never live without it.
Yet, the bathroom is the one room of your house that never gets the credit it deserves. A gorgeously updated room adds quality to your life and value to your home.
The decision to update and improve your bathroom or build an additional one is a prudent decision. Remodeling or building a bathroom can be a fun and creative experience with huge rewards. However, the process can seem a little daunting at first. Before you lay down the first tile, make sure you have a good idea of how you want your remodel to turn out.
Color is a king of any bathroom design
You’re going to need paint. The very first visual that you should have in your mind regarding your new room is a color scheme. When it comes to transforming a room into an oasis, cool and subtle colors often work best. Whites, grays, and washed-out blues always create a relaxed and clean look.
Avoid using dark colors that can close in the space and make it appear tight and constricted. Do feel free to work in accent colors that carry in from other parts of the house. Making a small collage of the paint you will use and pairing it with the color you select for the plumbing fixtures, will give you a good idea of how the bathroom will look.
The best bets for plumbing fixtures are always white, black, and off-white. This includes the basics like a toilet, a sink, and a bathtub basin. Colored fixtures, while they can be fun, can give the room a dated appearance.
Beauty from the bottom up
Flooring is one of the key elements that define a room. Tile is the perfect fit for a room that sees so much moisture. It is simple to clean and it provides an elegant appeal. There is a lot of variation in the size, shape, and color of tile that is at your fingertips. Large square tiles can help to make a space appear wider.
If you have a large space to work with, smaller mosaic tiles can create an interesting pattern. Tile can also be carried over to the inside of the tub or shower.
Lighting is a bright idea
The lighting you select for your new bathroom may be one of the most important choices. You want to choose fixtures that fit in effortlessly. Keeping things clean and simple by choosing fixtures that are black wrought iron or simple stainless steel adds a very modern effect.Make sure that your lighting is in good relation to where the mirror will be placed so that grooming and primping is made easy.
Bathtub or shower?
In recent years, eliminating the shower/bathtub combo and installing a simple upright shower stall has become popular in newly-constructed houses and renovated wonders. This design method is a space saver.
However, a bathtub does have a certain charm. This is a decision that will have to be reached based on factors of personal preference. Other considerations for selecting a tub or shower have to do with the people who will be living in the house or visiting frequently.
If you are of retirement age, or if you will have aging parents moving in with you or visiting often, having an apparatus that has a low threshold for stepping in can be beneficial. This makes showering or bathing much easier for elderly or infirmed.
If you plan on being in your home for a long time, don’t design it based on your needs today, but what you anticipate your needs will be in ten or twenty years.