With bathroom decorating, the project can be a collaborative effect between you and a professional contractor. You may be able to resurface your cabinets yourself, allowing you to hire an electrician to come in and install new lighting fixtures. If you can salvage your walls with re-grouting and re-caulking, you may be able to hire a bathtub repair contractor to overhaul your old tub. Recognizing what you can do on your own will enable you to spend your money on specialized projects. Together you can often extend your budget into what amounts to close to a full bathroom remodel.
In general, many homeowners don’t take enough risks with their bathroom decorating. Bathrooms are about cleanliness, sure, but, from a decorating point of view, they’re about creating mood. You may think of white as being sterile, but color is going to be one of the key components in creating a relaxing atmosphere. The smaller room of a bathroom allows you to make bold decorating choices with less risk of an overwhelming effect. Of course, there’s always going overboard and making the room so busy that it becomes distracting, but most homeowners aren’t even close to taking their bathroom decorating this far.
Largely due to a lack of space, small bathrooms usually have showers installed instead of tubs. A prefabricated stall can be installed fairly easily if existing plumbing is used, but the lack of space could make maneuvering difficult. Though more expensive and time consuming, many homeowners find it easier to buy a shower pan and install the sealant and tiles separately. If you decide to tile your shower, opt for larger sizes. While smaller tiles can sometimes appear busy, consider smaller sizes for accents (like a narrow band halfway up your shower).
Gone are the days when bathroom windows were small, opaque vents placed high on a wall. Today’s design-conscious homeowners are calling for open, spacious areas that bring “nature” inside. Jacuzzi style tubs surrounded by custom designed bay windows are the ultimate in luxurious bathroom window design. Master bathrooms may feature “French Doors” to enter the master bedroom and/or enter to an outside spa or sauna.
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.
Besides covering the necessities, think about adding a few extra features for your convenience as well. A lighted switch makes late night trips to the bathroom a lot easier, since you won’t have to swing your arm up and down the wall like a bird in flight to find the switch. And a dimmer switch isn’t a bad idea either, so you can set your bathroom lighting to the proper mood. Making sure you look presentable Monday morning takes a lot more light than that Saturday evening soak in the tub. A dimmer switch gives you the best of both worlds.