Tackling a renovation project can be intimidating, whether it’s a large sized room or a tiny guest bath.
Thankfully, bathrooms are excellent first-time renovation projects, specifically due to their smaller size. Read on for our best tips to design a bathroom that's full of function and beauty.
Get Outside Your Head
You probably already have an overload of ideas swirling around in your mind — and so, step one is to get them out. Use whatever format you find the most helpful – online boards, sketches, or an old-fashioned scrapbook of ideas.
This step will help you determine what will and won't work. You may discover that your color scheme looks strange with a particular piece of décor. You may find a brand-new color scheme that you like even more, or decide to build an entire room around one amazing piece of furniture. Whatever the outcome, this step needs to happen. Without it, you may end up with frustrating mid-project changes, which sacrifice both time and money.
Use All Available Resources
A design project is no small task, so it only makes sense to use every single resource available. Go online and look at visually-oriented sites to get real-world images of what your space could look like. Check out home stores to see all the different types of wall treatments, fixtures and storage. You never know where inspiration may strike, so give it plenty of opportunities.
Identify Your Needs
Figuring out how your household will use your new bathroom can play a big role in the design. A family with three small children, for example, will probably want a far different setup than a couple without kids.
If you have children, or plan to in the near future, keep durability, safety, and easy clean-up in mind when shopping and planning. Additionally, a new crop of ease-of-use facilities are on the market, including low-entry bathtubs and no-entry showers. These functional items are great when trying to keep kids safe on slippery surfaces.
Singles and couples may be drawn more to design elements instead of practical fixtures, but everybody can take advantage of ease-of-use purchases. A no-entry shower, for example, not only helps prevent trips and falls — but looks truly stunning when styled with imagination.
Choose a Professional Wisely
Unless you're highly skilled and tackling the entire project on a DIY basis, you'll need to hire professionals at some point. Whether this means a contractor or a plumber depends on the scale of your project, but one rule reigns supreme for all renovation hires – do your research. Check out websites which allow former clients to rate a pro's expertise and demeanor. Ask to speak with former clients and, if possible, see photos of past projects. A reliable contractor will be happy to provide these things.