Are you tired of having a dated bathroom? Do you want a space that feels luxurious and calming…. Free from clutter?
Consider that you probably spend some time at the beginning and end of every day in your master bathroom; shouldn’t it be an area that you enjoy?
There are two areas in the home, in particular, where it makes sense to spend money to keep things feeling up to date: your kitchen and your bathrooms. Why wait until you are ready to sell your home and then scramble to make all of these changes for someone else to enjoy?
Here are some key areas to address to upgrade your master bathroom:
- Cabinetry– If you cabinets are chipped, faded or non-functional. This is a great place to start. The style of the home and the amount of natural light in this area can often dictate the best choice for new cabinetry. If you have very little natural day light in this space, you may want to opt for cabinetry with a lighter finish as opposed to a dark cherry. Consider an antiqued white with glazing to give it character. Painted finishes are also very popular. There are a lot of different options for cabinetry. You can use a stock brand, where what you see is what you get. Or you can work with a custom cabinet maker to create a design that suits all your needs with unlimited options. Your interior designer should be a good resource for recommending a reputable cabinet shop.
- Hardware and Faucet Fixtures– If you don’t need to replace the cabinetry, you can give your bathroom a quick “facelift” by changing out the existing cabinet knobs and faucet fixtures with upgraded versions for a fresh look.
- Lighting– This is an easy and quick way to immediately upgrade your home, whether it is in the bathroom or elsewhere. Vanity light fixtures should provide appropriate lighting. Look for current styles that suit your taste. The finish on these will generally coordinate with your cabinetry hardware and faucet fixtures. It is worth it to spend a little more for a quality fixture! Adding a chandelier in the center of the room is a great way to add another layer of lighting.
- Countertops– If you cabinetry is in good shape, but you have counters that are looking dated, you can certainly replace the counters with or without replacing the cabinetry. While the cultured marble that many spec home builders use is a good basic surface, I recommend you consider looking at granite or quartz options for a more customized look.
- Tile– If you are in an older home with the white tile used for the flooring and showers, it is probably looking pretty dingy and tired by now. I suggest using some of the natural stone tiles or a good quality porcelain or ceramic tile to upgrade your bathroom. Be careful of the surface. You will want to avoid anything that is too slick! While some of the marble floors are quite beautiful, they can be slippery when wet. The tile in the shower area is another place where you can upgrade your bathroom. This should coordinate in style with tile used for flooring. Natural stone products can provide a neutral base, and you can choose from a wide variety of accent tile to give it a little more interest. Glass block tiles combined with stone provide a very stylish look.
- Towels– This is by far one of the simplest things you can do. Toss out any worn towels and replace them with newer, more luxurious ones in colors that coordinate with the rest of your color palette. I like to combine different sizes and use a fingertip towel along with the hand towels in a complementary color and a more luxurious look. If you cannot be bothered with properly folding your towels on a towel bar, consider using hooks from which to hang them instead. I also like to fold or roll a stack of towels on the tub or open vanity space to soften the look of a bathroom.
- Wallcovering– Consider using a wallpaper for your bathroom instead of just a paint color. This is a great way to add dimension to the space and soften the look of a lot of hard lines and surfaces. There are so many new and stylish options for wallcovering available today that not only look great but are also easily stripped/replaced. Look for a wallpaper that is “washable” so that you can wipe away any spots from water or other personal care products.
It is important before you start any remodeling project to have an overall plan in mind. This is where working with an experienced design professional can really pay off. You will be investing some money in these upgrades, and it is important to make sure all of the elements work together and the result is cohesive and harmonious!
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