Updated: May 19, 2021
By: Nava Brahe
Now that we’re finally coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can safely take stock of what our homes are desperately in need of. Our homes not only served as shelter, but also as offices and safe spaces where we had no choice but to spend the majority of our time.
During that time, many of us took a much closer look at what we loved and what we noticed was in need of improvement. One of the most glaringly neglected rooms turned out to be the bathroom. We were bombarded with aspirational images of luxurious baths and spa treatments in tranquil settings, only to be let down by the current state of our own bathrooms.
Here are some suggestions that will help you turn your hum-drum, outdated bathroom into that tranquil self-care setting you need and deserve.
Unleash Your Creativity
Let’s be honest: Not all of us live in a home with an enormous bathroom that will accommodate our fantasies of the perfect spa day. We have to make do with what we have. The good news is, you can incorporate fixtures and furnishings that take up less room, and maximize available space. Things like pedestal sinks and glass door showers (or tubs for the bath person) help free up room you didn’t know you had. Placing cabinets above the toilet and other forms of tower cabinetry can also turn a cramped space into an oasis of calm.
See the Future
As with all types of renovation and remodeling, you have to look down the road to envision how your new bathroom will look in five or 10 year’s time. While you want to pay attention to the current bathroom trends, you want to choose materials that will still look and function in a pleasing way year’s from now. Whether you’re planning to expand your family, or maybe sell your house at some point, consider those scenarios when you choose things like countertops, flooring and other accoutrements that will serve you well in the coming years.
Choose a Durable (Heated?) Floor
The floor of a bathroom takes a beating, especially if it is the only bathroom in the house. The most important point to remember is to choose flooring that is durable. The best choices include stone, porcelain or ceramic tiles, which are not only sturdy, they are waterproof as well. But, there are also types of vinyl flooring that are made specifically for bathrooms that are less expensive and just as durable. And, if you want to add that touch of luxury, consider a heated floor, especially if you live in a colder climate. Your feet will thank you.
Do Not Neglect Ventilation
Nothing will make your bathroom seem smaller than it actually is than a lack of proper ventilation. Of course you will have to follow the local code regulations for your area, but it is always a good idea to ensure that your remodeled bathroom has a system that will keep air from stagnating – either through the use of an appropriate system of ductwork – or the addition of a window, if possible. An airy, well-ventilated space will keep you and your home healthier as well.
Splurge on Lighting
Sufficient lighting in a bathroom is important for so many reasons, least of which is that it can make you look and feel your best. Splurging on well-designed lighting will eliminate shadows, and make smaller bathrooms seem larger than they actually are. There are many options to choose from such as recessed track lighting, pendants, and even frosted glass fixtures for a bit of ambient glow. Remember, if you do choose to install bright, overhead light, dimmers can be used to adjust brightness.
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