Bathrooms are the number one place thathomeowners love to remodel, even more than kitchens. The space is smaller,making the job a bit easier. Plus, this reduced space means reduced cost: lessflooring and paint, fewer cabinets and countertop. Follow these tips to makeyour bathroom remodel more attractive while keeping the process smooth,efficient, and cost-effective.
Recess For Extra Room
When space is extremely tight, built-inssuch as recessed soap dishes, medicine cabinets, and even toilet roll holderspry out as much available room as possible from tiny bathrooms. You can evenflatten the ceiling light by converting your ceiling light into a recessedlight.
Address Bathroom Ventilation
All bathrooms need some type ofventilation, by code, either in the form of a properly sized window or abathroom exhaust fan. For bathroom fans, look at both their exhaust capacity(or how many cubic feet of air per minute they can move) in conjunction withtheir noise levels.
Add Plants for Living Color
Plants in the bathroom should not be anafterthought. Plants bring much-needed color into sterile bathrooms. Consideradding a floating shelf expressly for the purpose of giving your trailingplants a cozy home.
Pick the Right Flooring
Solid wood floors, while they do infusebathrooms with great character, are not the best type of flooring material forbathrooms, from a practical standpoint. Instead, pick flooring that is hardyenough to stand up against the rigors of daily bathroom use. Bathroom flooringfavorites include ceramic and porcelain tile, luxury vinyl plank, vinyl tiles,and sheet vinyl flooring.
Adjust Room Size with Color
To make a small bathroom look bigger, makesure that your color palette stays in the white-or-light color spectrum. Darkcolors make the room feel smaller, claustrophobic. Use white or light-coloredfixtures (i.e., toilet and bathtub). Always think twice about painting yourbathroom ceiling any color but white or off-white, as this tends to shrink theroom down even more.
Bathroom Lighting Matters
In a room where people need to visuallyinspect their hair and faces, lighting is usually very dim and concentratedonly in one spot—namely, from a ceiling fixture. At the very least, consideradding lighting around the bathroom mirror in the form of sconces. But blindinglight is not always wanted. A very simple device that can add mood to yourbathroom is a dimmer switch. The dimmer switch is perfect for late-nightrelaxing baths.
Add Freestanding Pieces
If space permits, many home decoratorsrecommend having one freestanding piece such as a decorative chair or cupboardas a design element. To compensate for that space, you can recess otherpractical elements such as clothes hampers or simply move the hamper to anotherroom. This decorative piece, of course, can also serve a practical use as aplace to store towels, soaps, or other small items.
Include More Mirrors in the Bathroom
Most people think of mirrors in bathrooms onlyfor the purpose of checking makeup or primping hair. But it’s also important tothink of mirrors in bathrooms as design elements that expand the room visuallyand add light to the room. Many homeowners like to add a second mirror inaddition to the primary mirror located