Last updated on September 27th, 2022
A bathroom is no longer a room meant for your basic hygiene. In fact, it is now considered one of the most important areas of the house. Designing a bathroom is no longer driven by the sole idea of practicality as homeowners are increasingly investing in bathroom decor to enjoy some quality relaxed time.
Whether your bathroom is in need of some serious makeover or you are simply bored of the existing layout, bathroom renovation is an overwhelming task and can be very tricky. To help you make the most of your bathroom, we will walk you through the 8 things that you need to take care of while renovating your bathroom.
1. Assess Your Needs
First things first. Before you plunge into bathroom renovation, you need to forget how you use your current bathroom, and figure out how you would like to use and experience it. To get started with your bathroom renovation project, begin by assessing your key requirements. For example, your master bathroom or family bathroom can be spa-like with exclusive fittings such as a bathtub, a shower cubicle, double sinks, and clever storage; whereas your guest bathroom can just have the basics like a shower and a toilet. Next, you need to ask yourself what kind of a bathroom are you planning to create – are you looking for a relaxing retreat or an energizing and exhilarating bathroom? This decision will affect the fittings, the color scheme, and the fixtures that go into making the bathroom.
2. Plan A Layout
Just because you are renovating, it doesn’t mean that you need to change the layout of your existing bathroom. If the current layout works well, then it’s better to leave it alone. It is a way cheaper approach as opposed to getting into the mammoth task of moving the waste and water pipes. All you would need to do is just replace the fittings, tiles, and paint the walls to get a quick and effective makeover.
In case you are not happy with the current layout, consider making small but effective improvements. For example, if you have a small bathroom, think of changing the door into a sliding one. In the event that you do plan to change your design, measure up your bathroom carefully and plan out a layout. Take help from online tools, or consult a designer to get a better idea on bathroom layouts.
3. Look For Inspiration
Decide on the style or theme of your desired bathroom. This will enable you to narrow down the choice of fixtures and fittings. Look into magazines, decor, and hotel websites to get inspiration. In case you find anything that truly rings a bell, earmark it. This will help make your decision easier.
4. Don’t Forget About Ventilation
Ventilation is really important in the bathroom. However, at times people seem to ignore it, and later regret not having enough ventilation in the bathroom. Proper ventilation not only keeps your bathroom dry and clean but also helps in maintaining hygiene, which makes it worth spending some time thinking about.
5. Storage is Important
No matter how big or small your bathroom is, you need to have proper storage in place. And with storage, we don’t mean minimalist glass shelves. Look for smart storage. For instance, a vanity with sufficient space for storing all those extra towels, or a mirrored cabinet to store your bathroom essentials like toothbrushes, mouthwash, and razors.
6. Bathroom Lighting
As bathrooms are often placed next to the bedroom, the lighting needs to be considered carefully. You don’t need bright lights blazing on late in the night. Rather, consider incorporating lights in different layers. This way when you are using the restroom late in the night, you can turn on the dim light without having to worry about waking others up.
7. Stay on Trend with Tiles
Flooring can make or break a bathroom. Hence, investing in quality and tiles that are in vogue is key. One current trend is graphic ceramic tiles. You can also accent a wall using tiles. However, don’t forget to consider your bathroom size before deciding on the tiles, as too much of a pattern can make your bathroom look cramped and difficult on the eyes
8. Finalize A Budget
Planning on a budget ahead of time means you can decide where to spend and where not to. Also, it doesn’t mean that you need to invest thousands to make your bathroom look like a spa. Simply invest in one statement piece, for example, a beautiful bathtub, and place it against a budget-friendly accent wall.
Happy decorating, folks!