Recently, I was working with someone who wanted to remodel their guest bathroom. It was your standard builder tub with drab tile in the shower area. She wanted a contemporary but not trendy look, and I decided it would be fun to share this experience with you and offer some tips. The dilemma is how to update a small old bathroom with no window to have a contemporary but not trendy look and easily compatible for resale. Here are a few ideas:
In the past, we have seen bathrooms using whites, creams, and beiges mixed with gold and brass fixtures. There is a new look trending now in bathroom design where you use tones of dark gray or blue with brass or gold fixtures, and the results are stunning! Here are a few fabulous examples:
If you love the idea of adding a touch of gold or brass, check out this bathroom where they mixed polished chrome fixtures and aged-gold accents in the handles on the cabinets, mirror, and light fixtures. The result is beautiful:
Do you love the look of shabby chic? If you are a do-it-yourself type, consider turning a cabinet into a bathroom vanity. Be inspired by this lovely bathroom:
For instructions on how you can turn a cabinet into a bathroom vanity from HGTV, click here. If you decide to go this route, you may want to give Annie Sloan paint a try, click here to view instructional videos on her YouTube channel.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured Image from Houzz: Hunter Douglas.
I love the new bathroom products that are now affordable and available to homeowners. I wanted to review three spectacular trends in bathroom design.
1. Showers that are easily accessible to anyone are in demand.
The life-cycle shower does not have a threshold making it accessible to everyone with a clean and sleek look.
2. Calm and peaceful bathroom settings that have less stuff and are stylish with simple lines are trending.
An example of an expansive and frameless shower:
3. Homeowners are requesting low maintenance, and easy to clean bathrooms.
You will see bathrooms using large square or rectangular shaped tiles to reduce grout lines, and some are installing contemporary wall panels. Kohler’s Choreograph Shower Wall collection offers a variety of high-end wall panels, to view them click here.
Large scale and 3D tile, such as this Ona Natural tile from Porcelanosa:
An example of large square tile:
An example of large rectangular tile:
Even if you have a small bath area, you can achieve a sleek style using large scale tile and a stationary glass enclosure:
There are many configurations available depending on your bathroom size and requirements. For some inspiration, here are a few ideas to consider.
An example of a frameless style that slides instead of a door opening:
An example of a hinged tub door, using clear glass and chrome:
An example of no door, stationary glass:
Tip: You will see frameless shower doors installed with Clips and U-Channels. Both options support the stationary panels in your shower enclosure. Clips are the favored option because of the sleek look and clean style. The installation is more expensive as holes have to be cut into the glass for the Clips to stay in place. The U-Channel is easier and less costly to install.
An example of the Clips:
An example of the U-Channel:
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.
Are you planning on renovating a bathroom in your home? In my last decorating article, “Planning Your Bathroom Remodel,” I offered tips on planning guides and bathroom trends. This article will focus on the various aspects of the bathroom and provide tips and information on replacing. Once you have the plan for your bathroom changes, you will want to understand the costs involved. Click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor. Let’s review aspects of the bathroom you may be replacing:
Faucet, Shower Head, Toilet, Tubs
There is a new label that you will want to look for, similar to the Energy Star, called WaterSense. When a product has this label, these products “Are 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category.” (EPA.gov)
If you don’t plan to install a new faucet, you can still save on water by installing a low-flow aerator. Click here to watch a video on how to install one on an older sink. Click on the one of the following topics for in-depth information:
- Guide to Shopping for Bathroom Sink Faucets from Kohler
- Examples of Water efficient Show Heads from Delta
- Water saving toilet ideas from luxurious Caromausa and cost-effective DIY Home Depot.
- Free-standing tubs are the hot tub style. To view some beautiful options from MTI, click here.
Tile Ideas & Trends
To review the tile trends, click here to view information from Daltile.
In my article titled, “2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners,” one of the winners, Walter Zanger, has beautiful and unique award-winning geometric tile designs. Check out their Sterling Row collection with looks of wood and marble inlay.
To review detailed information on the topics below, click on the link:
- Pros and Cons of bathroom flooring options
- Wood like ceramic tile options
- How much tile to buy
- Heating options for flooring
- Sheet Vinyl options, inexpensive and DIY friendly
- DIY-how to install ceramic tile in your bathroom
When choosing a bathroom countertop you want to understand how the bath will be used as certain materials are more prone to staining, scratches, etc. For a guide to choosing a countertop from HGTV, click here. To see some beautiful composite ideas from Silestone, click here. For a pro and con list of countertop options, click here to review an in-depth article that includes a cost analysis from Houzz.
With the paint colors of the year being Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue (Pantone), Simply White and Alabaster (Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams) the look this year is peaceful, crisp and clean. Check out my Pinterest board to review the trends. If you plan to do the painting, Consumer Reports suggests that you first wash the walls as mildew may be present even if it is not visible. Use 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and a sponge. Rinse the walls with clean water after using the mixture and let them dry thoroughly before painting.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+. (Photo attribution)
Are you thinking of remodeling or fixing up any of the bathrooms in your house this spring? If you are planning to sell this year, you will want to at a minimum update fixtures, faucets, and paint to give the bath a fresh and ready-to-move-in look. This article will focus on the planning and inspiration side of the remodel or renovation and next week I will get into more detail on the aspects of the remodel. Let’s have some fun and come up with a game plan!
For lovely ideas click here for inspiration on Houzz. In fact, I would recommend creating an IdeaBook on Houzz that you can use to show a bathroom designer if you are planning a major overhaul. The IdeaBook allows you to enter notes associated with a photo and will help you to keep track of what you want in your new bathroom.
I have created a Pinterest board that includes product information, trends, and bath ideas going for 2016. Click here to view the board.
What’s your budget?
To better understand and estimate the costs in your bathroom remodel, click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor.com.
Goals & Planning
Use these resources to help you determine the goals and plan for your bathroom remodel:
If you are in need of a contractor or redesign consultation, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202. My next article will get into the details of remodeling, stay tuned!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.