We talk to an expert to find out how to turn your bathroom into your favorite room in the house.
Bathrooms, like kitchens, can be a main selling point in a home. But it’s also great to make the most of the space while you live there. Because let’s face it: A nice bathroom can be your sanctuary. To help with your next home improvement project, we’ve tracked down some of the latest ideas in bathroom remodeling.
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If you’re searching for bathroom remodeling ideas, look to remodelers who are pulling out shower-tub combos to install walk-in showers. They’re also installing standalone tubs where room allows, Stapperfenne says. “They are all the rage because they help maintain the large look of a space in what is usually not a huge room. They also are really beautiful now—with artful form and lines.”
But bathtubs aren’t typically for daily use. “Not everyone wants to take the time to fill a tub and then spend a long time soaking,” Stapperfenne says. So be sure your shower provides a stress-relieving experience by adding features and accessories like multiple showerheads or a rain head, which “gives you the experience of a standing bath,” she says.
Water from rain heads can come straight down and hit your eyebrows, making you blink, according to Stapperfenne. She recommends supplementing a rain head with a more standard showerhead angled out from the wall or a handheld device, “which is also great on an adjustable slide bar for younger users who might not want such a dramatic cone of spray coming right down on them,” she says. Handhelds are also great for washing pets and cleaning the shower.
Lighten the Mood
In a room that spotlights your reflection, don’t forget the importance of lighting. Always make sure the lighting is in front of your face, Stapperfenne says, suggesting sconces or a lighted swing-away mirror.
“Lights coming from high above your head make you look scary,” she cautions. A lot of people are opting to eliminate medicine cabinets and just have mirrors on the wall flanked by good lighting.
Other bathroom light ideas include adding touches like a mini-chandelier.
“The bathroom is typically on a smaller scale, so you’re drawing the eye to something very detailed,” Stapperfenne says. “A mini-chandelier can dress up a powder room and make it look fresh and new or upscale.”