Even though it’s often the smallest room in the house, the bathroom is a key element to any home. A classy guest bathroom can give you the air of a high-class host. A luxurious master bathroom can be a great place to relax as well. For these and other reasons, this room can sometimes be the most expensive one to remodel.
Fortunately, there are ways to lessen the financial blow of upgrading one of these important rooms. Remember that the key to a successful project is to start early. It also helps to make a detailed plan with a budget that you can comfortably work with. This will help keep it less expensive than some other types of home renovation. Here are a few tips for a classy guest bathroom renovation project.
Plenty of Seating
When people think of a bathroom, they don’t often think of having extra seating. While this luxury doesn’t make sense for every bathroom, it can add a touch of elegance to some. A comfortable chair at a vanity, for example, can make doing your hair or make-up a more comfortable experience. Having a plush window seat can also be nice. This allows you to enjoy the morning or evening view while performing your beauty routines is also an option.
Even if you don’t use the extra seats, having comfortable chairs in your bathroom will make it feel luxurious. You could even consider adding a comfortable stool next to the tub. This provides a place to sit while you’re soaking your feet, painting your toenails, or drawing a bath. Added seating will also be a benefit while you’re remodeling because you’ll have somewhere to sit. It’s important to note that seating should only be added if your bathroom is large enough to accommodate it, as you don’t want the room to feel cramped.
Walk-in showers are growing in popularity, and with good reason. First of all, a walk-in shower is easier to clean since there’s not a tub. You can install a small seat to sit down on for an elderly individual or someone who can’t or simply doesn’t want to stand while showering. Moving to a walk-in shower provides a variety of aesthetic options that are classier than a shower curtain. A glass shower enclosure looks nice, and is very functional. Separating the shower from the tub also opens up the possibility of installing a larger, more luxurious bathtub as well as the shower itself.
When you’re changing the shower in the bathroom, you will definitely want to seek the help of a plumber like Smedley & Associates or a similar company. Working with water lines means there is the risk of flooding your home, or leaking water into the walls for floor. Another concern is that because all of the lines need to be put back together the right way. If they aren’t then the water isn’t going to flow as it should. Consider opaque glass instead of glass that you can see through for privacy while bathing.
A Splash of Paint
The traditional bathroom that most people see in their mind’s eye is probably either white, or muted neutral tones. This doesn’t have to be the case though. While white or neutral tones are a safe bet, it is possible to have a tasteful bathroom with other color palates. Brighten the bathroom with shades of yellow or blue to give it a more friendly and inviting feel. Add some decorative stencil work to set the mood, and try to get a theme going.
The painting should be one of the last things that you do in the room so that debris from construction materials don’t settle into the paint as it’s drying. White is a good base color to use, but you should step out of the box and use colors that will bring joy to the bathroom and make it appear larger. If you want an elegant look, then you could use chocolate brown with teal along with brown decorations and accessories.
Focus On the Details
The smaller details can make or break a bathroom. If you have a nautical theme, a floor mat with an image of a boat would nicely compliment anchor-shaped cabinet or drawer knobs. Hang an extra mirror besides the one above the sink, just for personality. Display a few pictures that match the theme of the room. Put a few decorations on the counter that will make the room feel like it’s in a luxurious hotel instead of a home.
The bathroom is a room in the home that is used almost on a daily basis. Even if you’re designing a guest bathroom, you want to make sure it offers comfort and function for the people who are using it when they are in the home. Plan ahead, and continue making small changes for the best results.