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Why Remodel If You Can Decorate?

Oct 10, 2007
Remodeling a bathroom is one of the most common home improvement projects because homeowners prefer a toilet and bath area where they can relax after a hard day's work. A bathroom redo can be an inexpensive and fun way to spruce up your entire house. The bathroom can also be one of the least expensive rooms in your house to overhaul, which can allow you to bring a touch of luxury and comfort to a room that sees plenty of use.

Do it yourself bathroom remodeling projects don't have to be complicated; something as simple as replacing fixtures can enhance the overall appearance of the bathroom. Sometimes a bathroom simply requires a coat of paint to make it look like a new room, but if a more extensive upgrade is needed, there are ways to control bathroom remodeling costs.

Regardless of your budget, one thing you need to consider in planning the job is that at some point in the future you may decide to sell your house. Ask yourself if the remodel will add to the value of your home, or make potential buyers run screaming from your house.

Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Redecorating your bathroom with original and modern ideas can brighten up a cold and uninviting room. If it is time for a bathroom makeover, count yourself lucky when you see the amount of wonderful, contemporary decorating ideas for the bathroom today. Scan home decorating magazines, look on the internet, or visit your local home center to see an abundance of great ideas.

Common bathroom decorating ideas include adding or replacing light fixtures. While choosing lights may be a daunting task, be aware that the perfect lighting can enhance your bathroom's theme and make a dramatic improvement to the overall feel of the room.

Mirrors in a bathroom not only serve a genuine purpose, they can also make a room look larger and can be a good reflection on you and your decorating taste. Large mirrors may be dressed with window treatments. One colorful idea is to decorate bathroom mirrors with window scarves. Draped high over the top of the mirror and allowed to hang evenly down both sides, window scarves can add a color accent to a bland room.

If your bathroom decorating ideas include furniture, accessories and other decorations, make sure to mix and match the items before placing all of your chosen items in the room. While you may think that an item can give life to the bathroom, it may not complement other items. While it is easy to add soaps, toothbrush holders, and other bathroom accessories, small furniture, tiny collectibles and other displays may not easily complement your bathroom's theme. For this reason, you should pick your items carefully to give a harmonious feel to the room.

If you prefer to get more expensive bathroom accessories, be aware of how often they will be used. Expensive bathroom accessories are most useful for guest bathrooms, while it is a good idea for family bathrooms to have less expensive bathroom accessories. Keep in mind how you want your bathroom to look as well as how often your family and guests will wear and tear your bathroom accessories.

When it comes to your bath, this is a great opportunity to bring some whim and creativity to a room that you spend plenty of time in.

If You Need to Remodel

If you find that a remodel is necessary, to be successful, you need to design your remodeling project accurately before you swing a single hammer. When you are working on the design for your bathroom remodeling project, make sure to take accurate measurements of your bathroom and create a map that you can work with. If you mark where the plumbing and fixtures are, you'll be able to better plan what you need to do. The key to successful bathroom remodeling design is good planning, and a map is a great way to keep you focused on exactly where everything needs to be.

Although many people ignore buying a toilet when they need to, I suggest embracing toilet-buying. If your toilet is really old or does not match your decor as you would like it to, then buy a new toilet! Be sure that the toilet you find is one that will last for a long time. If you want to sit on a throne that is truly made for royalty, consider a self-serve toilet. This modern idea in bathroom decorating will heat the seat for you, and give you 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, because the toilet will flush itself when you are finished. It will even close the lid to prepare for the next user. There is no better example of luxury, comfort, and functionality colliding for maximum homeowner benefit.

Once you are satisfied with the project, enjoy the long-term benefit from the investment you made. There is no greater joy to a house owner then to remodel, and especially enlarge, a special room such as the bathroom.
About the Author
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 Remodelling and Decorating
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