I’m getting ready to re-do my bathroom which is sorely outdated and don’t want to make any mistakes. Do you have some tips or guidelines to follow?
Thanks so much,
A bathroom redo is great for you and for your home’s resale value, as well. If you are gutting your room, you may have the opportunity to change the layout of your fixtures, but be careful you don’t incur major plumbing expenses by doing so. You could, however, gain more space by changing a corner tub to a straight tub. The days of the tile steps on a diagonal leading up to the tub are over. They were so dangerous and waste valuable space. Some people rarely use their tubs. If you’re one of those and have a tub in another bathroom, you might consider replacing the tub entirely with a terrific large shower with all the bells and whistles. That might leave space for “his and “her” separate vanities, bench seating or even a fireplace (electric) with a T.V. over it. There’s no end to what folks might like to do to their bathrooms.
In addition, there are so many great sinks made of metals or glass, both undermount and vessel (sits on top of the vanity) which create effects from classical to deco to contemporary. Check out magazines to find your style and then head to a local dealer to pinpoint the product and price. In addition, there are furniture stores that offer ready-made vanities with sinks and faucets included. Check their quality as well as cost, however, to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
For practical, easy maintenance bathrooms, I favor tile on the floor and walls (either 1/2 way or full height). Stay neutral in color with your main selection and keep the size of the tile proportionate to the size for the room. Vary direction on floor and walls. For example, if floor is laid on a diagonal, consider walls done straight or visa versa. Add interest with accents (in glass, metal, mosaic and etched, or any other unique feature). Make sure your tile installer orders properly and ask about the return policy on full unopened boxes.
Lighting in the bathroom is very important. Make sure there is ample light to see overhead and over areas by the sink, toilet, shower and make-up area. According to Michael Lichenstein, lighting expert at Lighting Gallery, “A combination of wall sconces on either side of a mirror with a recessed light overhead and in front of you is the ideal task lighting. If this is not an option, the next best choice is sconces on either side of the mirror or above the mirror. Using a recessed light alone should only be a last resort as it creates horrible shadows on the face. To add a bit of mood or romance to the room, consider adding a chandelier or cove lighting connected to a dimmer. These options provide the ideal light level for a nice relaxing bath or shower.”
So, go ahead and create your great bathroom!