By Annie Kearns
Renovating and redesigning your home can be satisfying on many levels. The thrill of making your house exactly what you want it to be is enough for many people, but knowing that you are investing in your property and adding to its equity at the same time is also a major plus. Bathroom renovations are considered one of the top returns on a homeowner’s investment – if they are done right.
Renovating a bathroom comes fraught with potential problems since plumbing is frequently involved. But if you know what you are doing and can avoid those pitfalls, you can remodel and redecorate your bathroom without bringing in a professional plumber until it is absolutely necessary.
What about professional decorators, though? Is it necessary to hire someone to come in and renovate your bathroom for you, or is it a great DIY opportunity? Well, if you know the tips the professionals use, you can save yourself an arm and a leg by doing it on your own.
Here are 14 expert bathroom design tips the pros try to keep on the down low.
14 Ways to Design Your Bathroom That the Pros Use
1. It’s all about the lighting. Expert use of lighting can take even the smallest of bathrooms and make them look big or make spartan rooms look inviting. Bright lighting, mirror placement, and a white-on-white color scheme to reflect the lighting is an inexpensive and easy way to add pizzazz to your bathroom.
2. Use floating vanities. One of the newest and most popular options for bathroom renovations, especially when space is at a premium, is a floating vanity. These fixtures are a great way to get the necessary sink and cupboard space while still leaving room for other storage. The extra floor visibility under the sink gives the illusion of more space, too. You can find contemporary, modern, and more styles at https://www.uniquevanities.com/wall-mount-floating-bathroom-vanities.html.
3. Choose your mirror carefully. Not all mirrors create the same impact in a bathroom. Smaller mirrors take up less space, but they also can make a bathroom appear cramped. Larger mirrors improve lighting, add the visual idea of a spacious bathroom, and cut out the need for more decorations. And if your mirror doubles as cabinet space, you have a bonus spatial addition.
4. Shower curtains are becoming a thing of the past. If you have been to an upscale hotel lately, you have probably noticed that instead of curtains, there were glass paneled doors enclosing the shower. This is an expert’s use of design and a more sanitary option all in one. The glass panels increase the idea of space in the room and take away the need for constant bleaching to kill the mold and mildew that accumulates on shower curtains naturally.
5. Long lines are better. Did you ever wonder why so many bathrooms have long cabinets? There’s a method behind this. When you choose one wall to emphasize, either with an extra long cabinet, chair rail, or a shelf, it creates an optical focus that makes your brain think the room is bigger than it is. When you add these fixtures to the longest line in the room, you can emphasize the widest part.
6. Use stylish tile. A great way to show off your personality and design skills in your bathroom is to use tile that matches your style. Interspersing light and dark patterns in lengthy lines also creates the optical illusion of a longer room.
7. Use bold colors. Splashes of bold colors in your decor or entire walls with bright, bold color schemes add so much personality to your bathroom. You can use tile, shelves, plants, paint, and more to enhance your bathroom with fun colors. If you are really good at decorating, go for the gusto and add patterns to your walls.
8. Don’t skimp on the finishing touches. Sure, it’s easy to run to the department store and find a cheap bath mat in a neutral color to throw on your floor. You’re just going to be stepping on it anyway, right? But if you do this, you are losing out on a great opportunity to add flair to your room. The right bathmat makes your bathroom more colorful and adds to your overall enjoyment of your personal space. It’s not a renovation, but it sure improves the look!
9. Add smart gadgets to make life easier. Technology has done so much for our lives, including making once difficult or challenging activities simple. Since all you need is a smart assistant to turn your lights on and off or tell you who is at the doorbell, why not use these same conveniences to make your bathroom time a better experience?
Bluetooth speakers let you have a phone call or listen to your music in the shower, waterproof TVs ensure you never miss an episode of your favorite show, and custom shower systems let you control every aspect of the air temperature while you are bathing. These installed conveniences are great selling points should you ever put your house on the market, too.
10. Think outside of the tub. Maybe every bathroom you have ever been in has the same features: standard shower/tub against the wall, toilet nearby, and sink with vanity. But that does not mean you have to be standard, too. With all of the options available for bathroom renovations today, you can think outside of the box for your next tub.
From roundup tubs styled in retro glam to contemporary jacuzzi-style sink-in bathtubs set in the middle of your bathroom floor, you control the placement of your tub and the style. Colors, fittings, shape, and comfort are yours for the choosing when you renovate your bathroom.
11. Wallpaper isn’t just for the 1950s anymore. Thought to be out of date and tacky until recently, wallpaper is making a comeback as a great way to add personality to every room. When you use it in your bathroom, you can choose patterns and colors to show off your style and add the illusion of space to a small room. Be sure you do it right, though, or you may end up with a pattern and placement that just looks like it was a wallpaper that had been there for decades.
12. Eco-friendly can still be fun. So you want to do your part to help the environment but you still love long, hot showers and soaking in the tub? No problem! There are many eco-friendly shower heads that give you a relaxing jet stream of water at a WaterSense approved rate. You can add this economically smart option to all of your water fixtures in your home, from your toilet to your water heater. It saves you money on your utility bill and gives you the peace of mind of knowing you are still helping conserve water.
13. Have an eye for details. Even the smallest details can make a difference in designing your bathroom. Don’t neglect the ceiling, molding, or window jambs. You can decorate these empty spaces, too! One of the most common errors in bathroom design, though, is thinking you can get away with accidental splotches of paint on the ceiling, door, molding, or window jamb. You can’t. Fix it when you catch it or it will bother you for the life of your bathroom every time you see it.
14. Add the decor to your final design. Thrift shops, eBay, vintage boutiques and other online or in-person discount stores are a great way to decorate your bathroom after you have finalized the hard parts. Be sure to choose items that won’t get ruined when exposed to constant condensation, even if you have a great ventilation system in your bathroom. Moisture can get into even the tiniest cracks and crevices of an item and destroy it.
Many people find that plants make the perfect finishing touch to their personal space. You can hang many larger plants from the ceiling on hooks, set them along the windowsill, or even place small plants on your vanity. With the natural lighting from your window and the moisture that is in the air when you shower, there is no reason to use fake plants. The bathroom is the perfect place to grow many types of flowers, no matter what color your thumb is.
Make Designing Your Bathroom Fun
Renovations and interior design don’t have to cost you a fortune. You can choose whether to replace your current fixtures – the most expensive part and the part you will want to call a plumber in for – or simply do a bang-up job of designing what you currently have with color, panache, and flair.
No matter what you choose to do to your bathroom, remember that it is your personal room and it should be done in a style that reflects your personality. You use your bathroom more than any other room in the house besides your bedroom, so take the time to make it a place that you enjoy visiting.