A bathroom remodel can be an ideal home improvement project. Depending on how modest or extravagant your plan, it can be one of the more affordable (relatively speaking) improvements when considering a room or home remodeling project. An updated or remodeled bathroom adds value to the home and perhaps most important, personal enjoyment or improved function. You might finally have an excuse to purchase that claw tub you’ve been dreaming about for ages!
The decision to embark on a bathroom remodel can be motivated by many different reasons. The bathroom doesn’t have to be purely functional. It can be a refuge to enjoy a quiet soak after a hectic day. A bathroom remodel can be as simple as a fresh new color and light fixture to something as complex as knocking down a wall to create the bathroom extraordinaire of your dreams, complete with a Jacuzzi tub or sauna.
When planning a bathroom remodel, it helps to look at current bathroom remodeling trends and see what inspires your creative juices. You will likely come across ideas you never considered. They might inspire you to get creative with use of space, color, tile design, or ease of accessibility. Whatever catches your attention, choose a design that aligns with your personal taste and needs and that complements the rest of your home’s style. This is sure to result in a beautiful, functional, and more timeless upgrade.
Another factor and perhaps the most important part of your bathroom remodel design is budget. According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) a midrange bathroom remodel in Seattle can cost $25,000, or more. That said, you can expect to recoup nearly 90% of your investment at resale. Establish a budget that works for you and work with a contractor or designer with that number in mind.
So, let’s get to the fun part and go over a few of the latest trends in bathroom remodel design.
Past & Present
Combine past bathroom design and features such as a traditional, free-standing tub with a modern concept. Add colorful tile around the tub or include a little pop with an accent wall. Another “past” element to play up in the bathroom is a mid-century modern vanity. Its natural wood maintains a retro look, but by adding modern elements like copper accents, it will seamlessly converge past and present design elements.
Natural Textures & Tones
A natural design gives off a luxurious and relaxing vibe. Think ‘spa in your own home.’ A polished configuration inclusive of concrete floors or a wood-paneled ceiling will surely bring a calm ambiance to an otherwise busy room. A light grey or beige color scheme with white trim will ensure the design will outlast color trends. To maximize space, position a marble sink in the middle of limited counter space for an interesting feature.
Black & White + Something Nice
Black and white color schemes will always be a classic among bathroom design renovations. White tiles with small, black elements will always be in style. A new addition, however, is adding an accent tone, pattern, or texture into the mix. Replace faucets and wall hangers with matte ones. Add a color element to the vanity by painting it a dark, navy blue or light periwinkle for two different concepts with the same black, white, and color effect.
Patterns can be a little domineering when it comes to bathrooms. As a small space, it’s a delicate balance between not looking too busy and overwhelming, and not having enough pattern that will look out of place. A subtle version of this could include neutral-colored, patterned wallpaper, combined with a large, gold, ornate mirror to give it a French feel. A bolder wallpaper pattern such as oversized flowers will give the room a romantic, whimsical feel.
Enlarging the Space
The above trends focus more on design and ambiance. Another trend is creating more of a sanctuary within your bathroom. Knock out an aligning wall to add counter space to a smaller bathroom or to install a sauna or steam room. Perhaps install an oversized walk-in shower with bench seat to accommodate a multi-generational household. Although these upgrades are more expensive, they all add value to your home and in some cases a more functional space for residing in the home long term.
Before tackling any sort of significant bathroom remodel, you will want to consult with a remodeling contractor, designer, or both. Pictures say a thousand words! Collect pictures from magazines, websites, and Pinterest of features you are drawn to or that you would like to see incorporated into your bathroom remodel. Decide on a budget and share this with the professionals you consult so they can best help you design and build the bathroom of your dreams, without breaking the bank.
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