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How to Renovate Your Bathroom

Oct 6, 2007
Bathrooms are in their own way a sanctuary within our homes. Redecorating your bathroom with current and modern ideas can brighten up a cold and uninviting room. If you have decided that it would be fun to do some bathroom decorating of your own, here are the redecorating ideas that you need.

Ideas for Sinks

Something that people often complain about when it comes to sinks is that the faucet tends to leak. Some people like to just replace the entire sink, but this does not always have to be done, as it might just require a plumber to fix it. However, if you do choose to replace the sink, make sure it fits the decor of the rest of the bathroom.

Some bathrooms can benefit from taking out the old sink and vanity and replacing the sink with a pedestal sink. These can be inexpensive and it will change the appearance of the bathroom dramatically.

A step in the right technology direction brings electronic faucets out of restaurants and airports and into your own private bath. These faucets are motion sensitive, which makes them a great choice for kids who tend to leave that faucet running!

Ideas for Toilets

Another high-tech improvement for the bathroom, consider a self-serve toilet. This modern idea in bathroom decorating will heat the seat for you, and give itself a thorough cleansing and deodorizing when the job is done. You will even receive a warm, drying finish for the highest level of hygiene. No need for flushing either, the toilet will flush itself when you are finished and even close the lid to prepare for the next user. There is no better example of luxury, comfort, and functionality coming together for maximum homeowner benefit.

Ideas for Bathtubs and Showers

Bathing has come a long way since the tin washtubs that were filled with water that was hopefully heated on the wood stove. If you love to soak away your stress in a warm bath, you can now get that tub filled with minimal effort on your part. Another contemporary decorating idea for the bathroom is a tub control that will fill your bath to the exact temperature and level that you desire with a single push of a button. Not only will this unit remember temperatures and levels for three different members of your family, you will also enjoy 10-second refills throughout your soak for maximum comfort and luxury.

The next thing you should think about has to do with size of the shower. Are you remodeling your bathroom in such a way that the shower is separate from the bathtub, is it just a shower, or is it a combination of both? If the shower is separate from the bathtub, for decor purposes, consider placing them at opposite side of the bathroom.

Think About Color

First, you should decide on the color for you bathroom. While a number of experts suggest looking for soft colors, you can go beyond this rule as long as you keep the colors warm and relaxing. Some colors are not suitable for tiles, so make sure to find a color that will provide the room with a calming effect. Common colors used in decorating bathrooms include light blue, mint green, neutrals and other pastels that offer a more soothing experience. Coordinating the color with other items in the bathroom, such as towels and throw rugs, can bring all the colors together.

Just as it pays to keep the walls light, the same bathroom decorating ideas can work for the floor below your feet and the lights above your head. The most efficient way to give a sense of space and to lighten the feel of your bathroom, is to use plenty of light and bright decorations. On the floor, use a light-colored tile to help keep the room bright.

Ideas for Floors

When you're decorating a bathroom, you need to think about what you'll be using for materials. This goes in particular for the floors. Different flooring materials, from vinyl to marble, all have drawbacks. Things like marble, for example, look great but are going to be slick when wet. Natural-looking tiles and some ceramics will give your floor an interesting, textured look, but may ultimately be harder to clean.

Tile can be purchased for very little money and with the proper time taken to install the tiles can look very professional. Using tile for decorating a bathroom on a budget is a smart idea. Tile can be purchased for very little money and with the proper time taken to install the tiles can look very expert.

Ideas for Walls

To make the room look extra special, using a special painting technique can be a fun idea. Keeping the pattern small and subtle will keep the look intimate instead of harsh. Paint is fairly inexpensive and can completely redecorate a bathroom. Most paint costs around $15 a gallon and you will only need two to three gallons of paint for most bathrooms.

Staining cupboards can make them look new. Staining can also be used on furniture or other wooden items, and matching all the staining in a room can make a small bathroom seem larger.

With the proper research, you are sure to find the bathroom decorating ideas you need. For more great ideas visit your local home improvement center, scan home decorating magazines, or look on the internet.
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Steve Dolan has undertaken extensive home remodelling over the past 10 years. Learn how to take on remodelling projects Home Remodelling and DIY and redo your bathroom Bathroom Decorating and Remodelling
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