Create a Trendy, Modern Bathroom
According to the National Association of Realtors, a bathroom remodel can offer you up to a 71 percent return on your investment. So, if you have been contemplating a bathroom renovation, now may be the time to take on this project. The extent of your renovation will depend on how much work your bathroom needs, how much money you have in your budget and how much time and effort you have to complete the job.
If you are lacking in some, or all, of the above areas, don’t worry. There are ways to design a stylish bathroom for a few hundred dollars. Here are some tips on bathroom trends that will help you enhance your space and give life back to your bathroom.
Most productive ideas begin with plans, and a bathroom is no exception. So, begin updating your bathroom by deciding on a theme for the space. If you can’t think of one, walk around your house. More than likely, a few colors, patterns or design periods will jump out at you.
Perhaps you want to stick to a floral pattern. Maybe you prefer art deco. Perchance your house contains a lot of antiques. Whatever theme you choose for your bathroom, make sure it matches the rest of your home. An ultra-modern bathroom in a quaint little country house might stand out a little too much.
Color and Lighting
Once you have your theme, choose a color scheme to go along with it. If your bathroom space is small, opt for neutral colors to help create a more open feel. For a larger bathroom, consider trying out a bold color on all of the walls. For a less dramatic effect, use the bold color on an accent wall as opposed to throughout the bathroom. Inexpensive and easy, paint can freshen up a bathroom and quickly give it new life.
A way to add light to your bathroom is to add windows or skylights. If you are doing a complete bathroom renovation, discuss these options with your architect or contractor. If you are simply giving your bathroom a facelift, switch out old light fixtures for new, updated options.
Visit your local lighting or home improvement store to check out your choices. If your bathroom has recessed lighting over the bathtub, consider adding a dimmer switch to create a soft, relaxing atmosphere. You can pick one up at your local hardware store for about $30.
For a complete bathroom remodel, you will probably install a new bathtub and/or shower and vanity. If so, now is the time to really get into the bathroom trends and install some really cool bathroom features. For instance, soaking tubs surrounded by different materials are quite beautiful. On this same note, large showers with hinged glass doors are also gaining in popularity.
If you are going to work with the features you already have, then you can still update your fixtures. First, consider installing a new showerhead in the shower. One way to add drama to the bathtub is to add a faucet attached to the wall.
New vanities that offer above counter sinks can also add an element of art to the space. Just remember to choose fixtures that go along with the color, style and theme of the overall room. If you can’t add a new vanity, then try upgrading the hardware on the one you currently have. Sometimes even small changes can make a big impact.
For the floors, consider a heated flooring option. If that is too expensive, think about the different types of bathroom flooring on the market. Some just tend to stay a little bit warmer than others, even without a heating element. If you don’t want to redo the floors, cover them up. Find some area rugs that fit your theme and add them to the bathroom. Not only will they add a touch of elegance, they will help keep your feet warm.
Now that you have a theme, a color and have chosen or updated the fixtures in your bathroom, you are ready to add stylish accessories. Like any other room in the house, though, keep it simple. Even though you may have found ten different pictures to match your color scheme, remember that the bathroom is small. And this is one room where less is definitely more.
Instead of buying everything that you find, consider splurging on a few expensive, tasteful pieces. You want your bathroom to make an elegant statement, not look overcrowded with trinkets.
Step Back and Look
If you look into the bathroom and see the toilet, you may want to consider making a minor change. This holds true even if you aren’t completely gutting this room. For a couple hundred dollars, you could hire a plumber or move the toilet yourself. Just realize that this will involve extra plumbing materials. Instead, consider adding a half wall to the area where your toilet currently is. This will offer privacy and a much nicer view.
When you look into your bathroom, you also want to see a clean space. So, make sure you keep all personal items stored away. If you don’t have a ton of storage space in your current bathroom, consider adding over-the-toilet cabinets, wall storage units or decorative baskets. You can easily find ones that match your decor online or at your favorite retail store.
Consider Future Remodels
Today, you may absolutely love your new bathroom. However, tomorrow you may want to design a stylish bathroom all over again. For this reason, you may want to consider adding permanent fixtures (the bathtub, shower, toilet, vanity) in neutral tones. Instead, focus on your towels, art and other accessories to add bold splashes of color to the room. This will allow you to quickly update your bathroom when the spirit moves you, without spending a lot of money.
This article was originally published by Angela Kovalyak on realtor.com. To see the original source, click here.