Judging by the huge variety of bathroom styles that are on offer one might think that when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, anything goes. If you start taking a closer look, however, you will soon see that there are common threads running through all these designs – rules that homeowners can apply to any bathroom style they choose. Let’s take a closer look.
Reconsider The Layout
If your current bathroom is so cluttered that there is hardly enough space for two people to brush their teeth, changing the layout should be your prime concern when remodeling. For smaller bathrooms, a shower and bathtub combination will work best. Also, instead of two basins, consider a single one. And think about replacing, moving, or altogether getting rid of overly large cabinets and light fixtures that make the room look even smaller than it is.
Don’t Forget The Importance Of Enough Storage
Instead of having too many oversized cabinets in the bathroom, you might have too little storage. If things are forever lying all over the place in your present bathroom, consider e.g. adding a vanity with drawers and cabinets. If there isn’t enough space for that, you might consider one or two wall units and a shelf here and there.
Make Sure Your New Bathroom Won’t Be Unnecessarily Cluttered
If you overdo the number of finishes and materials you use in any bathroom, you might end up with a space that looks so cluttered and crowded that it repels instead of delights your visitors. The solution is to keep the décor simple and limit the different types of textures, colors, and finishes. A great idea is to use some of the same design elements that you’ve used in the rest of the home in your remodeled bathroom.
Going With The Latest Trends Has Its Dangers
OK, the current rage might, e.g. be Modern bathrooms. But there is no way of knowing what it will be two years from now. A bathroom with a classic design, on the other hand, will not be as much affected by changing styles.
In this regard, consider fittings such as a corner or standalone bathtub, nickel fixtures, and subway tiles as investments in the future of your new bathroom. They won’t just look good for a year or two – they will most likely keep their appeal years from now.
Think Of The Practical Issues
When deciding on the design of your renovated bathroom, try to stay practical. Consider things like safety, functionality, and privacy. If you have children in the house, make sure they will be able to reach everything. And if your grandmother who is in a wheelchair will soon come to live with you, make sure that door handles, drawers, etc. are at a height where she can easily reach them and that access to the shower and bath is not unnecessarily difficult.
Every Bathroom Needs A Focal Point
An excellent way to do this is to introduce something that will immediately catch the eye when you enter the bathroom. A good example is a standout mirror or a section with decorative tiles. Another option is an eye-catching central light fixture. Also, consider a full-length mirror above your vanity. Just don’t overdo it. Always remember the golden rule: clutter is never cool.
The Bottom Line When It Comes To Bathroom Remodeling
Having your bathroom remodeled is a long-term investment. Don’t try to save a few dollars by doing it yourself or getting your neighbor’s son who lives next door to a plumber to do it. A professional remodeling contractor will not only do a better job, but they will also be able to give you valuable advice when it comes to bathroom design.