Bathroom Remodel & Design Ideas
When it comes to home improvements, there are few more satisfying transformations than those that result from renovating your bathroom, a place that can set the tone for the rest of your day. And we don’t just mean top-to-bottom makeovers, though you’ll find plenty of inspiration for those projects here, from before-and-after reveals to small-space solutions to designer lounges with tips from the experts on how to achieve them.
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We asked the pros for their essential advice for a successful bathroom renovation. From tile designs to tricks to make the most of a small space, these tips will help you complete your bathroom remodel with ease.
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What to Know Before Your Bathroom Renovation
the key to making a tough project into a positive experience—for both of you. “There are ways to help out your contractor during the renovation, without getting your hands dirty.”
Draw up the design.
“Have your interior designer or architect devise the bathroom on paper so both you and the contractor are on the same page regarding the design and cost,”
Before the work begins, buy the tiles, plumbing fixtures, vanity, and accessories (think mirrors, towel bars, and hooks) and arrange for them to be sent to your home. Not only will you avoid a cost markup from your contractor
“The bathroom is the smallest and most complicated space to renovate in your home,” Because of the confined area, it’s not possible to have an entire team of workers inside at one time.” Expect that the renovation will happen in phases rather than all at once. First, the demolition team will come in, then the framers, then the plumbers, and finally the electricians. Before the walls are closed and tiled, there will also be an inspection.
Plan out your payments.
Put down a third of the renovation cost as a deposit, then pay your contractor on a weekly basis With so many materials needed early on for a renovation, this will help the process move quickly. How much you pay should be based on the percentage of the job completed that week.
How to Create the Bathroom Tile Design of Your Dreams
When you think bath renovation, you think tile. But the sheer number of colors, shapes, and sizes available can be overwhelming—and then there’s grout to choose
Think about tile as part of the bigger picture.
“Consider the desired flow of the space, how it’s used, how you want it to feel, and what’s going on in the rest of the house,” But remember: “There are no hard-and-fast rules about using tile. One of our favorite bathrooms has tile on every surface, including the ceiling. Don’t be afraid to follow your intuition!” If you don’t have a specific look in mind, create a mood board for the space with images, colors, and materials you like. “It could be other interiors you love, something from nature, or even your favorite chair.”
Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
Use multiple sizes of a flat field tile—a smaller-scale pattern on the walls, a larger one on the floor—or pair a three-dimensional design with a flat one, using the same glaze to make the two feel cohesive In fact, you can play with just the finishes, too
Grout shouldn’t be an afterthought.
“Grout is so important—it can totally transform the look of an installation,” “High-contrast grout puts emphasis on the shape and pattern of the tile, whereas lower-contrast grout really lets the character and nuance of the glaze come through.”
Choose your installer carefully.
“A seasoned installer—ideally one who’s worked with the kind of tile you’re using, particularly in the case of handcrafted tile—will take the time to plan the design and make sure the surfaces are prepared correctly, even before the first tile is installed,” “He or she will help you think through the details and layout, make sure to open and inspect every box of tile to get a sense of the expected variation, and of course do a stellar job at placing the tile, grouting, cleaning, and sealing it. Who you work with will make or break the project.”
Favorite Bathroom Remodels
At it’s best, a bath is more than just a functional space, it’s an oasis where you start and end your day. Some of our favorite—and most luxurious—baths are the work of multicity architecture-and-interiors firm
“I wanted to be surrounded by the trees—we’re on a hill looking out to the city. There are two doors that open out to a balcony with a glass railing. You can open the doors and sit in the tub and have an unobstructed view. You want any space that you’re designing to have a sense of place and to acknowledge the surroundings.”
“On the other side of this shot is a wall of windows looking onto a private terrace, so I wanted to create something Zen-like and ethereal,” “It’s something we always strive for, that quiet second for you to contemplate your day. The floor that we installed is actually the same exterior paving material that lies just outside the windows—it’s an opportunity to connect those two spaces and for one to reflect the other.”
“Because baths are prone to disorder and chaos, I think the only thing that can visually organize them is repetition and doing things in pairs.” The upholstered chair shouldn’t come as a surprise. “We are always looking for ways to put something inappropriate in a bath: a chandelier or a fine antique or something that’s living room quality. It’s the right thing in the wrong place.”
“The walk-in glass shower near the windows lets you experience the bath as part of the landscape. It’s a brilliant way to start the morning.” Booth chose a crisp, clean palette—but that doesn’t mean all white. “The walls have the slightest bit of gray-green, so there’s still that pop.”
Space-Saving Ideas for Your Small Bathroom
In many cases, baths are already among the smallest rooms in a home—so what do you do when yours is especially petite? For help maximizing your space originally burst onto the scene as a blog darling known for imbuing small spaces with grandeur, wit, and the kind of high-end design once reserved for those with serious square footage
“Pedestal sinks can be attractive and have a nice vintage quality, but they’re not great when it comes to storage. You’re dealing with a basin you can barely put a bar of soap on! If you have a lot of accoutrements, go with a console sink with a flat top or a converted cabinet with an undermount sink. You’ll have so much extra space, whether it’s to hang towels or store things behind doors or in drawers.”
Get Creative with Your Fittings“A wall-mounted faucet is a very smart space-saver. Not only does it give you bonus counter space, it’s actually much easier to clean.”
Consider the Smallest Renovation“If you can, hire a professional to poke into the walls just a bit to create a shallow recessed medicine cabinet. Or have them create a tile or marble recess in the shower, one just small enough to store your shampoo bottles. That way, they don’t have to sit out on the ledge of the tub, which looks terrible.”
Be Strategic with Shelving“The space above the commode is great for adding storage, but you have to avoid that very rental-like look, with the chrome or white plastic shelving looming over the toilet. It looks like R2-D2—not very chic. Instead, cantilevered shelves over the tank make for a cleaner look, and you are still keeping the maximum amount of floor space open for a nice wastebasket, hamper, or étagère.”