Many homeowners grow weary of walking into that same old bathroom day after day. Before you spend your kid’s college tuition on a full bathroom remodel, think about installing new lighting instead. Properly designed and installed bathroom lighting can make an old bathroom feel like new overnight. When it comes to bathroom lighting there’s one thing you never want to forget: the bathroom is a place where things get done. Be it a morning shave, putting on make-up for a night on the town or just catching up on some important reading, almost every light in a bathroom serves a specific purpose. That being the case, focus initial efforts on the places that get used most.
Try to avoid placing windows where direct sunlight will strike your favorite grooming mirror, however. Southern and western light tend to be more direct and may cause bright interior colors to appear too intense, whereas eastern and northern sunlight may make cooler colors appear dull.
Stainless steel bathroom fixtures sometimes get a bad rap. They may seem cold, hard, and uninviting. But if placed next to traditional decor, these simple installations can lend a modern look to the room. They can act as small, subtle accents to a space in need of panache. And not only are they stylish, they have many functional qualities as well. Strong: With seamless welding, one-piece construction, and heavy gauge metal, they’re tough, sturdy, and durable (and look it, too). Plus, they don’t chip and are heat resistant. Simple: They’re easy to wash, don’t tarnish or spot, and they require no special cleaners. Stylish: For many people, brass items have become dated and they quickly tarnish. Metal plated surfaces simply don’t retain the same elegance and spot easily. But the industrial look, contemporary style, and sleek lines of these fixtures add instant value to a home.
Toilets come in many different styles, but it’s best to make a selection based primarily on comfort and space (unless you plan to sell). If you’re remodeling with a move in mind, a smaller toilet will make your bathroom look larger. The typical bathroom sink consists of a basin and cabinet. A sink basin can jut 11 to 17 inches from the wall, stand 32 inches tall and measure 20 inches in width. If you’re working with limited room in your bathroom, these dimensions can be tough on your available space. For a reduced footprint, many homeowners choose pedestal sinks for smaller bathrooms.
Your budget doesn’t necessarily need to have an exact dollar amount right away, but it’s better to decide on a relatively specific range and then narrow down what you can do within your budget and what’s most important to you. It’s no fun to get your heart set on something only to realize you can’t afford it. Everybody would like to have a spa-like retreat if we didn’t have to worry about our budgetary concerns. You should also keep in mind that for every dollar you spend on one bathroom decorating idea is another dollar you can’t spend on bathroom remodel costs. And, of course, the opposite is true for every dollar you save.
Bathroom remodels are the smartest way to invest your money. These rooms are where incoming guests, potential buyers, and your family spend a lot of time. So a renovation is a good idea since you’ll always get an immediate turnaround on your money. But you don’t need to gut the entire thing or replace every installation in order to give it a fresh sparkle. Just some small changes to the fixtures can breathe new life into an old space. As you consider these alterations, you may want to think about putting in some stainless steel bathroom fixtures since they’re becoming a very popular addition to most lavatories.