From Drab to Fab: Bathroom Remodel Tips and Advice

There are many decorating tips that help give a bathroom a refreshing makeover. But sometimes, a complete bathroom remodel is the only way to make your bathroom more functional and comfortable. If this is your first time going through a home renovation process, know that this will be an exciting experience in your life as well as one that should be approached the right way.

I know you want a bathroom that is a reflection of your personal style and delivers the comfort you need at the same time. But your bathroom should also include the right amenities and fixtures to provide function and value too. With careful planning, the right contractors and the help of the tips and tricks below, you should be able to achieve the perfect balance between your customisation needs and functional design ideas to tie the whole bathroom together.

Add a Walk-In Shower

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No matter how much you love a big soaking tub, a walk-in shower is way more practical. And a walk-in shower the size of a tub space is just as luxurious! If your bathroom is small and the bathtub is taking up half the floor space, this can make the space seem claustrophobic. With the range of shower units available, you’re sure to find one that will give your bathroom the impression of a much larger and less cluttered space.

Although it may seem like a small detail, choosing the right enclosure for your shower will make a big difference. For example, shower units come with different types of glass doors, such as textured glass doors and clear glass doors. While a textured glass shower door offers a bit of privacy, a clear glass bathroom shower turns the element into an extension of the rest of the bathroom rather than cutting it off the way a curtain or half wall might.

You may be tempted to “go big” with your shower but this can lead to trouble. Once you have your measurements, stick to them and make sure your shower unit will actually fit into the area it’s supposed to. When it comes to shower shape, choosing the right one will allow practicality, comfort and style. Use your bathroom design as your guide. While there is no wrong or right choice, choosing the wrong shower shape can sometimes reduce your bathroom’s potential.

Installing a classy shower faucet and shower head will go a long way in making your shower look great. There are many different ways that you can style your bathroom, and with the different faucet and showerhead styles, colours, materials and functions available, you can really get creative.

Choose Bathroomware Before Plastering or Tiling

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To ensure the cold and hot pipes and waste are in the correct positions, you need to choose the sink, the toilet, the shower, the taps and the cabinetry before tiling or plastering. Specify everything before the first-fix stage because leaving key decisions for later can mean expensive alteration alterations with your contractor.

Don’t Make Storage an Afterthought

A lot of creating a bathroom that feels both functional and serene comes down to good storage. Make sure to look for storage opportunities when drawing up your plans, so they feel integrated and not added-on. For example, you can place a couple of tall shallow cabinets hidden in a stud bay. And if you think that you need deep shelf storage know that a shallow shelf can store a lot. Try putting a recess in the shower or integrating towel bars to feel built-in.

Keep It Light

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If your bathroom is small, dark colours and contrasting hues may make you feel like you’re in a cave. Instead, go with light colours – a monochromatic colour scheme is best. Soft grey walls are very popular at the moment. If you’d prefer a bit more colour, consider other trendy options, such as seafoam green, icy blue, warm white and butter yellow. By sticking to the lightest shades within a single colour pallet for paint and furniture, you’ll avoid the strong contrasting hues that make a small bathroom look even smaller.

Add a Splash of Colour

Keeping the walls and cabinetry light doesn’t mean you can’t add a touch of colours or personality, though. You can inject colours into the bathroom through the accessories you choose. For instance, bold red towels and a soap dispense in a matching shade will energize a small bathroom without overwhelming it. A patterned rug will add colour and texture to the floor. If down the road you get tired of the look of your bathroom, all you have to do is switch out your textiles and accessories to create a whole new look and fee.

Don’t Forget Ventilation

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For your own personal comfort as well as to protect your newly remodelled bathroom, consider installing adequate ventilation. This will help reduce the high humidity that can damage paint and drywall. A bathroom ventilation fan can be a great option. It installs on the ceiling and draws hot, steam air out through a duct to the outside of the house, so it should be installed during the remodelling process. To keep the ceiling looking sleek and uncluttered, opt for a recessed ventilation fan.