We all feel the need to renovate our spaces from time to time, and often the victim of these desires is the bathroom. Whether it’s just sprucing up and getting new decorations, or completely changing their look, bathrooms give us a lot of areas to work on.
So if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will talk about the steps prior to your bathroom remodel and some trendy ideas that would work even if you’re on a budget.
It’s very easy to go overboard when renovating, especially with bathrooms, since a lot of it is just many small changes. Make sure you have a specific budget and stick to it. If you have to order things online, keep track of the amount you’ve spent. A lot of people prefer to write everything down in a notebook so that it’s easily accessible and it usually has a bigger effect than just writing it on your phone.
Also, if you’re planning on changing the tiles or anything else that is not just related to decorating, decide whether you’re going with expensive materials or cheap ones. For any fundamental changes, we recommend that you aim for quality materials because they are a lot more durable. You might have to spend a bit more now but at least you won’t have to replace it after a year.
Most of the time ideas and budgets are closely intertwined. Decide what should be the leading factor – whether your budget can limit your ideas or they will be the ones determining the amount of money you’re willing to spend. Once you have that figured out, you can start outlining the steps of your project. Decide how you will start, which parts are the most important ones for you and if you go over budget, which ones you can take away.
Make sure everything is coherent and fits together. If you’re working with your partner on the project, find a middle ground to create a space you will both love. If you’re an artist, you can even sketch the new look of your bathroom space or create a model in the Sims.
Speaking of other people, you have to know who you can count on for help. If you’re retiling the whole bathroom, chances are you will need a professional to do it. The same goes for shower and bathtub installations. See what you can do by yourself or just with friends, and which projects would need the hand of an expert. This will influence the time and budget of the whole renovation.
If you have friends and family helping out, it’s important to let them know what it’s your bathroom that they are renovating. Many people decide that their opinion is extremely important, increasing the chance of unpleasant feuds and awkward future gatherings. Make it known from the beginning why you need them there and what is expected of them.
Yes, probably many of you didn’t even think about colours and the way they can completely change the layout of your bathroom, especially if it’s a small one, and you want to make it look bigger. If you use high contrast for a particular object or space, it will look smaller and add a more formal and dramatic look. Respectively a low contrast will make appliances and rooms look bigger, adding a soft and subtle approach.
Finding space in your bathroom can be quite a challenge. After installing the tub, sink, and toilet, there is no space to place paper, towels, and body products. Here are some easy to implement ideas that will help with storage:
- Freestanding shelf units can turn an unused wall area into found storage;
- Woven baskets on the floor can be an excellent towel holder;
- A vanity cabinet could provide full access to stored items and prevent lesser-used items from being lost or forgotten;
- Floating shelves can add some bathroom storage space for candles, flowers, and other luxury items.
Natural materials like wood, terracotta, rattan, stone, wicker and bamboo can be used in many different ways both big and small renovation projects. This technique is used often in interior design trends such as Scandinavian, Japanese or the amazing mixture of both called Japandi. Not only it looks great but it also brings people closer to nature, by using sustainable materials that will not harm the environment.
A great idea is to create a beautiful focal point by installing wood panelling on one of the walls, or a piece of natural-looking wooden bathroom furniture. When it comes to decorating, you can utilize those materials in so many different ways – terracotta vases, textures rattan, wicker baskets, bamboo mats, a sisal rug to add a cosy feel, wooden frames for paintings and mirrors – the possibilities are truly endless.
When it comes to showers, our main advice is to always do a deep clean first and then think about renovations. Quite often people think that something is damaged when it’s just dirty, for example – the shower glass or the tiles around it. Grout and limescale can really make something look as if it’s beyond repair but the good news is that this is not true.
You can hire an expert team to do the deep cleaning or try to do it yourself. We recommend going with a professional, as it’s really backbreaking work and oftentimes requires high-end detergents that you won’t be able to buy yourself.
After this is all done, you can take a look at things you want to upgrade. If you want the shower area to be the focal point of your bathroom – install new tiles with a cool intricate design that will attract attention. If you don’t feel like changing the tiles completely, you can use waterproof tile paint, although it is recommended to use it in areas with less moisture like a splashback.
Having plants in every room is a great way to bring life into your home and fill some space (when in doubt, shove a plant). However, with bathrooms, it gets a bit tricky because many times they don’t have a window, which means no daylight whatsoever. This, along with the high levels of humidity makes it hard to take care of most plants but thankfully, there are some tropical species that will even thrive in similar conditions.
Hanging baskets are a popular choice since they don’t require any floor space. If you do have a window, then the window sill would be the ideal location for any green life. In any other case, you can just put a fluorescent grow light to substitute the natural sunlight plants need. Just make sure it’s at least a foot away from them so that the leaves don’t burn accidentally.
If you’re wondering which are these amazing plants for bathrooms, we’ve compiled a short list to make things even easier!
Plants that thrive in bathrooms:
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- Philodendron (several varieties)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Orchid (several varieties)
Do you think that the porcelain tiles are outdated? No, they will be prevalent in bathroom design in 2021 too. That type of tile is far more durable and admits to highly realistic texture and colour depth than other ceramic tiles. Wall and floor tile colours and styles range from classic stone reproductions to sleek contemporary ones that make your bathroom more comfortable and good-looking.
It’s a great way to combine modern and vintage styles together, which you can also do through decoration. For example, choose a vintage frame for your mirror or place some interesting old wall art to contrast with the modern furniture of your bathroom. Transfer some of that cosy living room feel to the bathroom area and watch how it slowly transforms into something entirely different.
A fast-growing trend this year is the cottage country style. It’s cosy, budget friendly, eco friendly and gives people a very nostalgic feeling towards a much simpler life. If you’re not sure how to go about your bathroom renovation regarding the exact interior design style, cottagecore is a great option that is also timeless.
Here are a few ideas that you can easily incorporate into your cottagecore bathroom:
- Barn doors
- Colourful patterned wallpapers – make sure they are mould-resistant
- Lots of natural materials and plants
- Vintage curtains
- Neutral tones for the main furniture and walls, unless it’s a wallpaper
- Repurposed items – an old metal basin turned into a shelf, buckets for flower pots, an old jar for a toothbrush holder, and much more.
Definitely the most important part is to plan everything out. If you don’t have a plan you risk going over budget or spending money on things you don’t really need. Be realistic about what you can do – it’s always safer to call a professional than to risk damaging your bathroom or the furniture. And last but not least, have fun and let your imagination run wild!