The bathroom is one of the most renovated rooms in the house. Most of the time the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms too, making it the quickest room to renovate. Renovating a bathroom also doesn’t have to cost the world either. Being a smaller room means that you shouldn’t have to spend as much on fixtures and fittings either.
Here are some of our top tips on developing your bathroom so you can get the bathroom of your dreams while sticking to a budget.
Create storage space
A bathroom can look dirty and unkept if there are too many items out on show. This can easily happen when you have beauty products or even kid’s toys left out from the bath. An easy way to get around this problem is to create storage when you are renovating your bathroom.
Storage can come in many forms in the bathroom, you can build into the wall to create niches or you can get smart with your bathroom furniture choices and choose fixtures with built-in storage. For example, you can get mirrors with built-in storage, ottomans, towel rails and more.
Use right furniture for your bathroom
If you don’t have much room for your bathroom you should make smart furniture and fixture choices. You can combine a sink and toilet for example for smaller bathrooms. You can also take radiators from the floor and put them on the wall to make up more flooring space.
Shower doors and bath screens can also be removed if you opt for a wetroom style bathroom. When it comes to making space in the bathroom there are many choices and options available to you, you just need to find some inspiration.
A good place to find inspiration is by looking online. Websites such as Instagram will have sections for bathroom designs all you need to do is spend a few hours scrolling until you find the bathroom of your dreams.
Make sure you have enough ventilation
Ventilation in the bathroom is very important because if you don’t get enough of it mould and damp will creep in. When designing a bathroom make sure you plan for ventilation. If you are installing a bathroom fan you will need to make sure that the fan is big enough for your bathroom. The exhaust capacity will give you the number of cubic feet they can ventilate.
Adding plants to the bathroom
The bathroom should be a calm and relaxing place and a great way of making a bathroom relaxing is by adding plants to it. If you do decide on adding plants in the bathroom you should make sure the plants you use are suitable.
We recommend the following plants:
- Pilea Peperomioides
- Golden Pothos
- Calathea Plant
All of the above plants love humidity and will survive in the bathroom. Each of these plants will need different levels of sunlight so do your research before purchasing them.
Add lighting to create a mood
Lighting is very important to use in the bathroom is it can set the mood for the room. Lighting is also important as the bathroom is a room in which you get ready for the day. People want to be able to see their teeth when brushing, or their hair when drying it. Having mirrors and lighting to allow for this is important.
You should also take into consideration the power of the lighting. You don’t want too much lighting as the bathroom won’t be relaxing and you don’t want too little lighting because you don’t want to trip or fall in the dark.
You can add lighting through the ceiling, bathroom mirrors or wall sconces.
Think about your tile choices
The colours of your tiles can make a big difference when it comes to the feel of the room. If you use the same floor and wall tiles it can make the room seem larger than it is as there are no visible disconnects. This tricks the eyes into thinking the room is much bigger.
Certain colours of tiles may make the room look too small too. Darker tiles can make you feel claustrophobic.
At this point, you may want to think about grouting too. Grout is often an afterthought but the grout you use will make a big difference in the aesthetics of the room. Do you want your grout to blend in or stand out, and will the grout be in a high splash zone? All of these things you will need to consider to make sure you have the bathroom you dream about.
Add mirrors to create illusion of more space
Mirrors are needed in the bathroom to see yourself when getting ready, they are also needed to create the illusion of more space. Mirrors make your space look larger in size and they also add light to the room.
If you have larger vanity units in your bathroom you can either have a large mirror or multiple smaller mirrors.
The costs of renovating a bathroom
Bathroom renovations can be cheap or they can be expensive. What we recommend doing is keeping a contingency fund available in case of an emergency. Plumbing work can be expensive and you never really know what lies under the floorboards until you start pulling things out.
It’s also advised that you don’t spend more than 5-10% of the value of your home on your bathroom renovation.
Bathroom remodelling is a rewarding experience but in some instances, you may not need to remodel at all. Small changes can make a big difference in the bathroom so instead of ripping it all out and starting again look at your fittings first. Taps, lights and bathroom accessories can all be changed for fairly cheap.
You can also paint or add new tiles for a fraction of the cost of a full remodel too. If you are on a budget you should see what you could do first before embarking on a full remodel as the results may surprise you.