Is your bathroom looking grimy and outdated? Then it may be time for a bathroom remodel. Indeed, old and unattractive bathrooms aren’t only an unsettling sight to wake up to every day — poor design flaws can create inefficiency, too — but can also significantly decrease the value of your home.
Fortunately, it’s not all bad news, as remodeling a bathroom doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. Case in point: Last year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association found that the average cost of a bathroom remodel was roughly $11,000 and can provide a return on investment of up to 80 percent. Talk about a win-win.
So, if you’re in the market for some bathroom remodeling ideas, here are three trends you may want to consider as you look to create the bathroom of your dreams.
1. Smart, Easy and Plentiful Storage
Balancing practicality and aesthetics can be difficult. On the one hand, you and your family may require quite a bit of storage for your everyday essentials, including towels, toiletries, medicine, beauty products and cleaning supplies.
However, you don’t want to create clutter in the name of aesthetics. Because while you and your family may enjoy and benefit from this renovation in the years to come, you should also be thinking about resale value if you decide to put your house up for sale.
For example, instead of horizontal cabinetry, you may want to look into some sort of vertical storage, such as built-ins. Of course, if that’s not an option, then you can certainly decide to invest in cabinetry that better suits your current space; antique cabinetry and open shelving are always trendy ideas. Plus, you have the flexibility to pick a piece that fits your budget.
2. Heated Flooring
Heated flooring is quickly becoming more popular in modern bathrooms. Not only does this type of surface take the chill out of hard floors, which is especially convenient during the winter months, but it can also act as a supplemental source of heat for the entire bathroom.
Looking to create a more spa-like setting? Then consider adding heated tiling to line your shower floor in order to create a more luxurious and comforting setting. But if you’re thinking this type of remodel will quickly add to your budget, know that you can save on labor costs by installing this type of popular flooring yourself.
In fact, these easy-to-install heated floors can be outfitted in custom sizes and are also programmable. In other words, think of heated flooring as a thermostat that allows you to control the temperature and determine how long this feature should be on.
3. Statement Lighting
In the new year, statement lighting will become an even bigger trend in renovated bathrooms. However, you’ll not only have to decide the proper design and style most conducive to your renovated space, but also where these fixtures should be located for ideal functionality.
Some of the more popular trends include adding a chandelier or larger statement piece, either near the bathtub or in the center of the bathroom, to create a sense of glamour. Additionally, you can look to add lighting over the vanity to increase overall functionality and create a unique overall style. Whatever you decide, there is plenty opportunity to be creative.
Remodeling your bathroom can be an exciting undertaking. Not only will these efforts add convenience and aesthetic to your current space, but it will also likely increase the overall value of your home. And while it may seem like a costly endeavor, modernizing a room you and your family use every day — while staying within your budget— is possible with proper planning.