The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any house. Everyone has to use it, and it’s always nice to have a bathroom that is modern, yet soothing. More than just another room, your bathroom can become your sanctuary — with the right design elements, of course. Here, we’ve listed some general bathroom remodeling tips that you can use to make all your bathroom dreams come true.
Check for Health Hazards
Before initiating any redecoration efforts, you should first and foremost check for health hazards like asbestos. Taking the right precautions early on can save you from a whirlwind of trouble later. Especially if you live in an older house, you should test your walls for asbestos before doing any serious remodeling. In the past, asbestos was commonly used in drywall manufacturing up until the 1970’s, and in joint compound production till as recently as the 1980s.
Exposure to asbestos can have some serious health repercussions, but thankfully, panels that stay in one piece aren’t too dangerous. One option while redesigning your bathroom is to simply cover old walls using a new surface treatment. This avoids drilling through them, negating the risk of asbestos fibers contaminating the general area. However, if you plan on removing old decorative paneling completely, be sure to enlist a professional.
Plan Your Layout and Lighting
Like any other room, a bathroom needs both an efficient layout as well as appropriate lighting for optimum utility. Bathroom plans range from one-wet-wall layouts to three-wet-walls — each with its own set of pros and cons. For instance, one-wet-wall layouts are often the most budget-friendly, but are also quite limiting when it comes to design. You can use this bathroom planning guideto choose the best layout for your bathroom, depending on your space and budget constraints.
Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, the founder and CEO of Manhattan’s Chillhouse cafe and day spa, feels that lighting is an integral component when designing a bathroom. She says, “Integrating adjustable lighting, especially at the mirror and sink, is a wonderful way to help create an at-home spa atmosphere.” Ideally, your bathroom should have wall mount lights on either side of your mirror. Additionally, you will want to install a third light above the mirror. This sort of tripod light set up is best for reducing shadows while thoroughly illuminating your face.
If you have an enclosed shower or bath area, you should also install some vapor-proof lights within the enclosure. Finally, you can consider accent lighting — though not the most useful, accent lights make for a great way to improve the overall aesthetic of your bathroom.
Choose Modern Fixtures
Your bathroom won’t ever have the modern feel you desire without the right fixtures. Bidets are one such fixture and are now a popular feature in bathrooms all over the world. If you’ve ever used one in the past, you already know how convenient bidets can be. For the uninitiated, bidets provide an environmentally friendly alternative to toilet paper and make for a comfortable and clean trip to the bathroom. From being more hygienic to having the ability to soothe hemorrhoids, bidets have a myriad of benefits. As an added bonus, the reduced toilet paper usage means that you won’t have to worry about clogged toilets either! Consider installing a bidet in your new bathroom, for a sleek look and optimal functionality.
Secondly, you’ll also want to install a modern shower. A shower enclosure can be a great outlet for your personal style and preferences. Depending on your aesthetic, you can choose from options like an accent wall of mosaic tiles, or a complete glass enclosure shower. Choosing stainless steel hardware for the showerhead and other accessories tends to give off a clean look, and is also easy to maintain over time.
Create a Comforting Atmosphere
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day at the spa — but with their expensive price tag, spa days tend to be somewhat of a rarity. When redesigning your bathroom, consider investing in some at-home spa essentials so that you can relax any time you like, without breaking the bank.While designing your bathroom to emulate a spa might seem expensive at first, you will thank yourself later as your investment pays off. This list details the best at-home spa must-haves, including plush 100% Turkish cotton towels, a memory foam bath mat, luxurious bathrobes, and a bathtub pillow. All these can come together to give your bathroom a spa-like atmosphere. Depending on your mood, you can also buy bath bombs, essential oils, and candles to keep on hand.
Another important aspect of creating a comforting bathroom atmosphere is color. Interior designer Brian Woulfe believes that the bathroom has unlimited design potential in terms of color. For those who like making an impact, Woulfe recommends choosing a bright color and using it all the way from the bathroom floor to ceiling. For a slightly less bold but still vibrant look, pops of color in random places like behind the main bathroom door are a good option. Finally, Woulfe recommends sticking to white and neutral grey tones for an elegant and mature look, with clean finishes. These tones can be offset with wooden accessories and fixtures, as well as green plants.
Obviously, your spa-like bathroom won’t be complete without a bathtub. Bathtubs come in all shapes and sizes, from freestanding tubs to platform tubs. Bathtubs are also a decorative element and can be used to enhance your bathroom’s overall vibe by playing with color and structure. Consider opting for a soaking tub, or one with whirlpool jets for maximum relaxation. This way, you will always have a place to unwind after a hectic day.
Use these tips to create the bathroom of your dreams. After all, your bathroom is so much more than just a place to bathe and get ready. With the right elements, you can transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis of peace and comfort.
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