A full bathroom renovation can seem like a daunting task. You’re trying to reimage the layout, figure out how to work around the current plumbing and wondering how much it will cost and how long it will take. We all want to have a bathroom that has all the right fixtures and amenities as to be functional and provide comfort and, at the same time, reflect our personal style. As with any project, a bit of planning goes a long way and if you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve it gets much easier to set your plan into motion.
Here are four tips to help you turn your bathroom remodeling dream into reality.
Save Money by Not Making Too Many Changes to the Plumbing
Perhaps you didn’t know this, but moving the drainage and water supply is really expensive so if you want to save some money try to place the new plumbing fixtures as close to the current position as possible. Maybe your plumbing is outdated and you need to change it anyway, then you can install the new fixtures in different positions. In case you were planning on changing the layout to add more space, don’t worry, there are plenty of tricks that make your bathroom look bigger. You can use pedestal sinks, clear glass shower doors and replace your small medicine cabinet mirror with a wider one. This will give the impression of more open space and you won’t feel as claustrophobic when getting ready in the morning. You can check out hausera.com for more design ideas.
A lot of homeowners tend to neglect this aspect when renovating. They seem to think that a vent fan serves mostly to remove unpleasant odors, but its main function is actually to exhaust warm, moist air which results from using the shower. If you don’t have a fan and the room smells musty, it would be very wise to have one installed as well as check for mold growth. The warm, moist air not only leads to mold but it can damage the fixtures and surfaces in the bathroom. If you invest some of your hard-earned money in upgrades, you want to get as much use out of them as possible.
Adjust Room Size with Color
We all wish we had a large bathroom like we see in pictures of spas. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones but if you’re bathroom is a bit small, makes sure that your choice of colors stays in the white-or-light range. Using dark colors will make the room feel even smaller. Now, if you’re not a big fan of stark white you can go for a tone-on-tone palette in soft grays, warm beige or powder blue. This will make your bathroom look breezy and if you choose a sumptuous tile and match the paint on the remaining walls with one of the hues on it you’ll get that serene spa look.
Bathroom Lighting Matters
For a room in which people regularly inspect their hair and faces, it’s odd how many opt for dim light coming only from one source, usually the ceiling fixture. At least add some side-mounted sconces to the mirror or you can mount them directly onto the mirror if you use shades placed at eye-level. The best option is to have three layers of light, ambient light from the ceiling, task lighting for your grooming activities and accent lighting which serves to highlight architectural and décor elements.