Avoiding Stress and Confusion
So you’re thinking it’s time for a new bathroom makeover. It’s amazing how the bath area is such a small space, yet can create so much stress and confusion when it comes to creating that new washroom look. Home improvement makeovers can be big or little, bold or understated, modern or classic, amazingly cheap or heart-stopping expensive. When it comes to interior design, the space is you and should say a little bit about who you are, unless you’re trying to sell your house, then making over your bath takes on a whole different focus.
Regardless, a tired, dated bathing space needs updating, and it needs to be done right – the way you want it. Making your bath refitting a success can be a lot easier than you think and you can create the space you want. You can update that tired layout into something you’ll be proud of with the proper remodeling strategies.
Of course, if you want a different atmosphere in the facility, determining the size and scope of your restoration ideas will depend on certain things. At the top of the list when redoing your washroom, as always, is your budget. Obviously, if the amount of money you have is limited, then you’re going to have to be conscious of what you spend on and try to get the biggest bang for your buck when attempting a sustainable transformation project.
Chances are, you won’t be going wild and totally redecorating your bathing area with big ticket items or things that may require outside renovation contractors like new cabinets, countertops, flooring, and shower inserts. But that doesn’t leave you short on great ideas for creating an amazing bathroom facelift.
The second big constraint when making over your lavatory is time. If you have guests coming in two weeks or only have a weekend in which to do the upgrade, then your choices are limited. But if you have plenty of time or no set deadline, then the sky’s the limit when redesigning your lavatory.
Selling or Restoration
Another thing to consider is why you are doing a home improvement project in the first place. Are you just sick of looking at the space and need to give tired, out-dated looking decor a facelift? Do you have a growing family with different grooming needs? Or are you trying to sell your house and know that lavatory renovations are one of the key areas to increase the value of your residence through an upgrade?
A fundamental thing is to remember is that the washroom gets used – a lot! If this is your only grooming space, or if it’s the only bathing area with a shower and tub, then you can’t afford to have your bathroom out of commission for very long if you are renovating.
The Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Solution
Even if you’ve decided that all you want is to redo your bath as quickly as possible, as easily as possible, or for as little money as possible, you still have a ton of great lavatory remodeling ideas available to you. Paint is one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck in making your tired looking lavatory terrific. You’ll be amazed at how a simple coat of paint will transform your washroom into a space worth spending time in.
If you have a small half-bath, then the solution would be lighter pastels to help open the space up and make a small chamber feel bigger. If you have a bigger bath area to makeover, then you can be a little bolder with your color plans. A good recommendation is to choose paint made for kitchens and baths – it has a higher gloss and will stand up better to hot showers and more scrubbing when maintaining your lavatory.
You can also update bath accessories to create a new design sense in your washroom. To enhance your powder room design further, introduce a little color or zing with a new shower curtain. They come in all types of colors and patterns and can create an instant washroom revival. You can also update your face towels to coordinate with your new paint or shower curtain. Throw in a new bath rug and matching toothbrush and soap holders and you’ve redone your ready – room in a weekend, for way less than you ever thought possible.
Taking Your Facelift a Little bit Farther
OK, so the new paint and shower curtain aren’t quite creating your dream home spa? With a slight increase in budget, a little more time, and some elbow grease, you can take your remodeling project that extra mile. You can start with some of the most noticeable items in the room: your fixtures.
New faucets for your sink, tub, and shower can have a dramatic effect on your bath area. But be warned, you have to set a budget and shop smart to avoid that same dramatic effect on your wallet! New bathroom fixtures come in all sizes, shapes, styles and prices, from classic bath styles to chez chic styles that leave you wondering how to turn them on.
If you’re not comfortable changing these yourself, you might want to consider hiring a professional to help with the redevelopment of the space. However, if you want to overhaul your restroom yourself, go ahead, give it a go, however, think about investing in some good plumbing books to walk you through the renewal process. Start with the sink and work your way up from there.
Your bathroom makeover could certainly benefit from new lighting. Update and lighten up a gloomy space or tone down a stark white light. Nothing dates a home like light fixtures – you can tell in an instant what decade they came from – and nothing helps a restoration project like adding new, modern fixtures to give it a contemporary air.
If you’re really gung-ho, and aren’t afraid of some power tools, you can swap out your towel racks, toilet paper holder, and shower curtain bar, and maybe install a new mirror to go with your home’s new image. And while you’ve got the power tools out, you can update your trim, your baseboards and casing around your doors, to give your home decor that finished look.
The Total Makeover Plan
Of course, you may feel that you need a complete redesign, from top to bottom. Once you set a budget, your only other limitation is your imagination. There are plenty of interior decorating books and magazines with a multitude of ideas, tips and solutions to make your upgrade a success.
Something else to consider when redecorating your residence is going out to show homes and open houses to see how other people are designing and remodeling contemporary interior spaces. Stick to houses in your area, or at least to homes that are in the same price range, so you don’t see the swanky retro-fits that are way outside of your budget.
Making the Space Reflect who you are
Your urban renewal project doesn’t have to be a pull-your-hair-out affair that completely depletes your kids’ college fund. You can create the plan that you want with minimal stress regardless of your budget. First, determine the size and scope of your bathroom makeover, and then stick within that. If your washroom remodel will be small, focus on the areas that will give you the most for your limited renovation funds and time constraints.
If your bath-space facelift is bigger, shop smart so that the remodeling costs doesn’t get away from you. Remember that your living space is a reflection of who you are, so don’t be afraid to inject yourself into the bath redesign as much as possible.