Planning a bathroom remodel is no small task. When you decide to take the plunge (no pun intended) and renovate, the worst thing you can do is jump right in without taking the time to learn and plan. Instead of heading straight to the hardware store and randomly picking out a new sink, tub, and flooring, spend time researching ideas and making a plan for your bathroom.
There are a number of bathroom remodeling ideas that you may want to consider when planning for your renovation.
Top Design Ideas for Any Bathroom
Energy efficient bathrooms are an essential feature of a bathroom remodel. Not only are you able to create a bathroom that has less of a negative impact on the environment, any renovations you make that are energy efficient will make your home more appealing to potential buyers in the future. Energy efficient solutions add value to your home.
To add energy efficient components to your bathroom, put in LED lighting. LED lights actually last much longer than regular lighting and use 75% less energy. However, LED lighting isn’t only about saving on energy, it also creates a unique aesthetic with color-changing capabilities and various installation locations options.
Tile flooring and radiant floor heating
Give your bathroom a great, easy-maintenance flooring by opting for tiles. There are a number of options for bathroom floor tiling, such as glazed, porcelain, matte finished, textured, and small tiles with grout lines.
Decide on the style and ease of maintenance that you’re looking for in order to choose the best tiles for your remodeled bathroom. You might also want to put in radiant floor heating under your tile flooring. Radiant floor heating can be installed by adding an electric mat directly beneath your tiles. This option provides warmth under your feet and makes for a great addition to your bathroom.
" Retrofitting radiant heating into your home will not only keep you warm but help you save on energy bills too. "
Another great option is a floating vanity. The purpose of a floating vanity is aesthetics. Floating vanities are fairly minimalistic and tend to open up the space in the bathroom. They have a nice, simple look about them that people tend to love.
With a floating vanity, you’ll build a countertop that doesn’t have cupboards and drawers underneath. The vanity essentially just sticks out from the wall and appears to be floating. Floating vanities look great and add value to your bathroom.
" Floating the vanity means the flooring can extend all the way to the wall, which instantly makes a bathroom appear more spacious. And a wall-hung vanity creates more usable space for stashing pieces like a wastebasket or a scale. A little foot room under the sink goes a long way. "
One of the key features that people look for in a bathroom is ease of maintenance. No one wants to spend a great deal of time cleaning and maintaining a bathroom. By ensuring that you use bathroom options that are low-maintenance, you’ll be able to save time and money. With low-maintenance options that are simple to take care of, you’re also creating longevity.
To plan a low-maintenance bathroom design, use simple finishes, quartz countertops, and glass shower doors.
Choose a sink
There are so many options when it comes to picking a sink. You’ll want to consider the look, size, means of installation, and more when it comes to your sink.
Integrated sinks are built into the bathroom counter, or vanity, and use the same materials. As there are no seams and the counter seamlessly flows into the sink, they offer a nice, minimalist aesthetic.
Pedestal sinks sit on a pedestal and provide a simple, nice-looking sink for any bathroom. While they look great in most bathrooms, there is no room for storage.
Vessel sinks are essentially a bowl that sits on the countertop. These look nice and are a great way to put in some makeshift storage underneath. However, with the bowl simply sitting on the counter, there isn’t much room for anything you may want to keep around your sink.
Design Ideas for the Master Bath
While the above ideas will work great for any bathroom, there are a handful of other considerations if you’re remodeling your master bathroom.
While you may be going for the floating vanity in your master bath, you may want to consider making that a floating DOUBLE vanity. With a double vanity you’ll be putting in a large countertop and two sinks.
If you’re putting in a double vanity, make sure that the sinks are at least 36 inches apart so that there is enough room when both sinks are in use. You’ll also want to make sure that there is plenty of lighting, mirror, and storage for both sink areas.
Area for the toilet
It’s always a great idea to block off the toilet area while leaving the rest of the bathroom open. This enables whomever is using the toilet to have a bit of privacy if someone is in the other part of the bathroom. If you block off an area for the toilet, you might want to put in a door to provide additional privacy.
" Most often seen in a master bathroom, they provide privacy for ‘using the facilities’ while someone else can be accessing the rest of the bathroom. And that’s why I’m currently a fan of the WC! "
A bathtub and a shower stall
Instead of having a combined bath/shower in your master bath, put in a bathtub and shower separately. Install a spa bathtub for relaxing moments and a shower with a glass door for the times when you need a quick cleaning.
Make it wide
When designing a bathroom that is intended for the use of more than one person at a time, you’ll want to make it extra wide. Make sure there are at least 36 to 42 inches in the walk areas so two people can move around with ease.
Bathroom Renovations with Ease
Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. Just make sure you take the time to thoroughly research and design your new bathroom before you get started. When you know what you’re going for, it’s much easier to create it.