Bathroom Remodeling That Pays Off

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Looking to add some quick value to your home? Glance around at your bathrooms and see what a little remodeling can do.

Chances are you have at least one bathroom that hails from the 80s or before. Shiny brass fixtures. Mauve and gray tile. You get the picture.

Bathroom Design Changes

There are many ways to update your bathroom design, but you need an honest assessment. Start with a good contractor (and perhaps a real estate agent) who can look at the space and tell you which of the following needs to be updated:

  • Vanity, sink and mirror. Say good bye to the basic oak cabinet and add a cherry vanity with furniture legs.
  • Floor. Large tiles (12 to 18 inches square) or small mosaics are in. This handy diagram from Daltile can help you figure out the tile combinations.
  • Lighting. Depending on your budget, pick one or two places to highlight. Ask the contractor about adding sconces by the mirror.
  • Walls. Do something different with your bathroom remodeling, like a fun paint treatment or nice wallpaper. This paintable wallpaper featured on HGTV adds an elegant look to any bathroom design. Try it under a chair rail.

Bathroom Remodeling Decor

If you want your bathroom remodeling to pay off, Sterling Plumbing suggests using neutral wall tile that can blend with many bathroom design themes. White cabinets are always in style, as are creams and sages. Here’s what to avoid:

  • Bold colors, such as red or neon green. If you must indulge, do it with changeable items, such as the shower curtain and bath mat.
  • Odd configurations. Don’t ask the contractor to eliminate the only bathtub in the house and put in a super large shower instead. Families with small children like tubs, so you make sure you have one somewhere in your house for resale purposes.
  • Skimping on the basics. Add good lighting in the right places, for example.

With some planning and these suggestions, you can make a big impact without a full remodel.

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