For many homeowners (…old and new) one of the first major renovations they consider is upgrading the bathrooms. It’s a great way to personalize your home and show your style. Renovating your bathroom can be a major undertaking, and while you want to create a contemporary look that’s on-trend, it’s important to keep it looking stylish in the years to come.
Whether you’ve been stuck at home during the pandemic and had plenty of time to take stock of your surroundings, or you’ve suffered some damage due to the recent weather events, it might be time to update your bathroom. Even if you’re simply looking for ways to improve the functionality of your home, updating the bathroom is a great place to start.
Read on for some tips on how to update your bathroom so that it will never go out of style!
Planning a Design That’s Always in Style
Home renovation can be a major undertaking. The key to a successful project starts with proper planning. You want to create a modern “look,” however, it’s important to create a design that won’t look quickly outdated.
Here are some planning ideas to incorporate into your design.
• Create a Seamless Design
Today there are many new products that can help you to create a seamless design that will stand the test of time. Consider using large format porcelain in the shower, or adding a linear drain to incorporate your tilework into the drain itself for a truly custom look.
• Innovative Storage Options
In the bathroom, space is always at a premium. Make sure to plan adequate storage. Consider built-in storage and shelving units, hidden storage, and shelving integrated into the shower unit. Storage will improve your bathroom’s functionality!
• Using the Tub as a Visual Focal Point
Your bathroom’s layout can set the tone and style of your space. Using a freestanding tub as the focal point in the room is a great option that will never go out of style. Looking to really make a statement? Consider a “wet room” with a freestanding tub IN the shower.
• Upgrade with the Latest Technology
Technology has made its way into the bathroom. Today you can improve the functionality and comfort of your bathroom. From precise temperature control in the shower to smart toilets with self-cleaning options, mirrors with integrated TVs, and showerheads with built-in LED lighting and speakers, there are plenty of ways to integrate the latest technology into a timeless design.
Timeless Bathroom Design Elements to Consider
When updating your bathroom, start with a little research. While trendy ideas look great and can be functional, you probably won’t want to renovate again in a few years when the trends change. Your design choices need to stand up over time. The first step is to determine what design elements are timeless and meet your unique needs.
These timeless design ideas can give you a classic look for your bathroom renovation.
• The All-White Palette
Whether you’re looking for a classic design, or to create a spa-like retreat, white is always in style. Consider white tile, paint, vanities, countertops, and textiles. If you want a splash of color, introduce it with window treatments, towels, a wallpaper featured wall, or art.
Choose your paint color carefully. Consider shades of white or rich creams. Put the paint, tile, and countertop material together to make sure they work together.
• Mixed Metals
Using two different metals in your design is on-trend, and timeless. For example, polished nickel is timeless. Try combining it with gold accents, like a gold mirror, gold picture frames, or gold vanity pulls.
Only use two, and when investing in materials, remember that higher-price options will last longer in terms of wear and tear. For example, a water-efficient faucet with brass fittings may be pricier but in the end, you’ll be glad you made the investment.
• Marble Countertops
Marble or “faux marble” quartz or porcelain offers a timeless look. Real marble needs semiannual sealing to keep it looking good, however, if you’re looking for low maintenance, consider quartz or porcelain.
• Traditional Tile
White subway tile and black and white penny tile are classic looks for the walls and floors. Other classics include basket-weave and hexagonal patterns. Choosing tiles in white will last longer and age better than tiles in bold colors or patterns. White grout with white tile is a classic look. Want a more modern feel? Switch to charcoal or black grout!
With proper planning and classic choices like marble countertops, or mixed metals, you can update your bathroom to satisfy your stylistic needs. Planning for and adding elements like plenty of storage, can improve functionality. The key to creating a timeless bathroom design lies in balancing form and function. These tips can help you get started!