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Bathroom Ideas

A bathroom remodel can make a huge impact on your homes comfort level, not to mention its resale value. As you research bathroom ideas and browse photos, make sure to save any bathrooms that catch your eye, then figure out some of the common features that seem to recur throughout. Keep in mind your space limitations, desired materials and general bathroom remodel costs before committing to a major (or minor) project.

How do I determine my bathroom layout?


Bathrooms can be tricky to lay out, especially when they’re tight on space. If your family doesn't take many baths, don't feel the need to include a bathtub — you can use that extra space for a double vanity or large storage cabinet instead. Walk-in showers are also one of the more popular bathroom ideas, though they take up space, while bathtub and shower combos combine the best of both worlds. If you have a large family, consider separating the toilet and shower from the sink so multiple people can get ready at once.

Lastly, be cognizant of the National Kitchen and Bath Association planning guidelines so that you and your bathroom designer can plan a safe and functional layout that meets both your needs and regulations.

How can I add more bathroom storage?


Vanities are getting bigger and bigger every year, and for good reason — bathroom storage is in constant demand. Because of this, think about ways that you can add more to your space. A lot of successful bathroom ideas feature an oversized or double vanity, while wall-mounted cabinets and medicine cabinets are helpful too. If space is at a minimum, recessed or built-in designs can help save precious elbow room while adding enough spots to stash your toiletries. Organization is key for space-saving bathrooms, so within any cabinets or shelving you add, incorporate drawer organizers, trays and bins to keep smaller accessories in check. As you look through bathroom pictures, try to keep an eye out for how each one incorporates storage into its design; you’re better off with too much than not enough!

What materials should I use in my bathroom design?


Because the layout and storage options are pretty standard, interesting materials and finishes are key for helping any bathroom remodeling project stand out. Tile comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns and styles, and installing a colorful tile backsplash, floor or countertop can help liven up otherwise dull spaces. Stone and granite are ideal shower material choices for people who hate cleaning, as they require little maintenance and don't have grout to deal with. And last but not least, don't forget the hardware! Cabinet pulls, shower heads and faucets come in a variety of finishes, which allows you to add bits and pieces of personality into bathroom designs of all styles.

How do I decorate my bathroom?


No remodel is complete until the finishing touches have been added — in this case, the bathroom decor. In this particular room, the term decor can be used rather loosely; even a toilet paper holder can add to the style of the space if chosen correctly. Pick fixtures with finishes that reflect the look you are trying to achieve, and match or coordinate soap dispensers, toothbrush holders and wastebaskets for a cohesive feel. If you’re lucky enough to have extra counter or wall space, add some artwork or a decorative vase with fresh flowers. For those that aren’t looking to do a full renovation, smaller scale bathroom design ideas can be achieved by simply swapping out some of your old accessories and changing the color scheme with new linens or paint. Don’t be afraid to combine similar yet different bathroom decorating ideas to create a look that’s completely unique to your home.

For kids bathroom design, consider bright colors and unique patterns, but also keep in mind that children do outgrow trends pretty quickly, so steer clear of fads. Safety is of the utmost importance in a kid’s bathroom, so make sure you have things like tub mats, faucet covers and a cover clamp for your toilet (depending on age). Plenty of bathroom remodeling ideas accommodate both children and adults in the design, so go ahead and have a little fun with yours!

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