Okay, so the bathroom is NOT going to be the biggest room in the house, it probably is right up there as the most important. We keep clean there, we are going to be visiting multiple times per day for the normal reasons, we may relax there in the tub… So many things make the bathroom a place where you really DO want to make it friendly, warm and inviting. It is your personal private space where you can contemplate the day gone by. If it’s been a while since you last upgraded your bathroom, there are ways that you can make it more enjoyable and pleasant to be in. It is also an important room in terms of the value of your home. Bad bathrooms can REALLY drop down the interest in your home. But a GREAT bathroom can be a massive selling point for your property. Therefore, it is very important that you make the extra effort to create the right atmosphere for your bathroom.
If it’s been some time since you last upgraded, you may need to change out the bath, shower, toilet and wash basin. Any old, discolored or otherwise, shabby-looking fixtures will stand out as these form the basis of the room. When the room is small, anything that’s less than top notch WILL be noticed. There are so many designs that you can choose for your bathroom, from modern to classic, from simple to baroque. Of course, make sure you have a budget and try to stick to it by being a careful shopper. The very top-of-the-line bathrooms can be from companies that create their own designs. On the lower and more budget conscious end, you can easily get nice suites on the internet or at some of the local stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. Besides the design, you need to include the fitting costs into your budget. If it is too difficult to place the appliances in the bathroom by yourself, many companies offer to install it at an extra cost.
How about some new cabinets? Sure you can buy some semi-custom cabinets at the Lowe’s Home Improvements, but you can get some truly unique looks fit specifically to your home by contacting a local custom cabinet maker. You can check out some images here from this Raleigh cabinet company for comparison. They will actually come out, measure, show samples of woods, talk to you about styles, maybe even show some pictures of prior builds and installs that they have done. This will help you pick something that is going to give you just the look you’re wanting! It’s not cheap, but it’s going to be awesome!
If your budget does not run to replacing the whole suite there are more inexpensive options to consider. You can simply replace the knobs and taps for the bathtub or wash basin with something more modern to give your bathroom the extra flair. You can even have the whole tub just reglazed. Here is a good place for Raleigh bathtub refinishing. If you’re not in the area, you can at least get an idea of what a good refinish can do. This is particularly good if you have an old clawfoot that has unique features but the enamel is just yuck at this point. Sometimes it is impossible to even think about replacing the tub without an act of Congress – in place bathtub refinishing can DEFINITELY be your answer.
Alternatively, and on the less expensive side from a bathtub operation, you may want do something as simple as replace an ugly shower curtain with a clear screen to provide a cleaner look and feel. Again, these are relatively inexpensive and fitted easily. You can REALLY change the look of your bathroom if you’re a bit handier – and are ready to either tackle yourself, or pay to HAVE tackled, some new bathroom tiling! You can put in new tiles on the floor or wall to make your bathroom easier to clean. Try to ensure that any flooring, whether it is tiles, wood or carpet, is compatible to use in a humid bathroom environment.
Apart from the main appliances in the bathroom there are several other ways to create a fresh new look. You can think of what color scheme you would like for the bathroom. There are so many ways to enhance the look of your bathroom by simply adding bath mats, curtains, blinds, and soft towels. With a huge selection of options, you should take your time and have fun coming up with the design of your bathroom. Splashes of color can be added by pictures on the wall or creating a focal point which could include a potted plant or an arrangement of scented candles. Candles can not only provide color but it can also enhance the aroma of your bathroom. You can also do other inexpensive yet effective changes like adding a new toilet roll holder, a new soap dispenser or a toilet brush.
Finally, make sure you have adequate storage to hide away those bathroom essentials, keeping the look tidy and perhaps, most importantly, clean.