7 Tips for remodeling your bathroom
Lighting is more important in the bathroom than anyplace else in your home. You need to see yourself well when looking in the mirror, so do your research and consult your contractor about how to achieve a well lighted bathroom. Recessed floodlights are appropriate for general room lighting, but you may need another type of light in the vanity area to combat shadows or harshness. Soft focused or diffused light fixtures over the mirror can diminish the sharp focus of a halogen floodlight. Ideally light fixtures should be mounted at eye level or just above eye level on either side of the mirror.
Dimmer switches let you set a relaxing mood at the end of a long day. They also allow you to adjust the light levels for day or night makeup applications.
Sinks and faucets
Sinks can be an artistic focal point for your bathroom. The traditional white porcelain basin has given way to a wide range of colorful and elegant options including gemstone, natural stone, copper, stainless steel, and blown glass basins. Faucets come in a wide variety of stunning modern and traditional designs. A pedestal sink may be ideal for a guest bath while an in-counter or above-counter sink may be more practical for your master bath. With so many designs to choose from, you may want to visit a showroom first before making your final decision.
Bathtubs come in many shapes and sizes today as well. The traditional rectangular tub is no longer the norm, especially when it comes to master baths. Consider adding mood lights in and around your tub to create a relaxing environment. A tiled tub offers a sense of elegance that a standard tub lacks and will give your whole bathroom a distinctive look. Make sure a whirlpool tub has an adequate depth for a comfortable soak. Finally, make sure your wiring is done per manufacturer’s recommendations and is compliant with State Code.
Steam Showers and Upgrades
Steam showers are a popular trend. With a steam shower, you can enjoy a spa experience at home to reduce stress and relax sore muscles. Steam showers have control panels that can be used to set the steam temperature (90 to 125 degrees) and duration. Your shower can also be designed with a double shower head or stereo speakers.
Shower Designs and Tile Options
Current shower design is trending toward a more open look, with expansive glass enclosures instead of tile walls. Talk to your contractor about the many tile options including glass tile, an emerging favorite. Some homeowners are opting to combine glass and porcelain tiles to stay within their budgets. Stainless steel and chrome accents are popular as well.
Entertainment and Lounging options
Today’s bathrooms can be equipped with more than just the traditional bath and sink. Homeowners are experimenting with armoires for storage, music, television, and chaise lounges for reading and relaxing.
Design and color choices are limitless in the bath. Natural colors are still popular but many designers are using bold reds, blues and greens as accent colors. If you aren’t certain about the design and color in your new bathroom, a professional designer is recommended. An experienced designer can help you avoid color mistakes and make the best choices within your budget.