Bathroom Facelifts – Where To Start?

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By Niall Roche

The bathroom should be that warm and inviting room in your home where you can go to relax. To get away from it all. The place you go to take a bubble bath or long soothing shower to just rinse away the days problems or to wake you up in the morning before you leave for work. That being said your bathroom is going to need a facelift from time to time – to keep it feeling current and “fresh”.

Maybe you’re looking for some remodelling ideas to get you started on the road to enhancing your bathroom. A great tip to get you started is get all your ideas down on paper first. Sketch out visual ideas or just jot down exactly what you want the final product to look like. Once you’ve finished the “design” for your dream bathroom you’ll then need to look at the budgeting aspect of your design. Be sure to include costs for contractors, electricians and plumbers if you’re not a DIY fan. Even if you are A DIY fan, some remodeling issues can demand the need for outside help – due to their complexity or your lack of experience. This way, if you know the basic cost of things, you can be knowledgeable and certain to not get taken advantage of when the time comes for estimates and once the actual work begins.

The next step is to start looking for the items you’ll need to or want to purchase for your new bathroom. There’s a vast selection of bathroom and bathroom related merchandise available online. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of styles there are ranging from elegant to casual and contemporary.

Do you love to take a long soak in the tub? If so then you could look at a classic clawfoot bathroom bathtub. They have a certain charm to them that can add a real sense of “home” to your bathroom whilst also providing you with a comfortable place to relax and soak that tired body of yours. Next in line with the classics are the new jet powered and spa tubs. You can also install a jet powered shower with multiple heads with many options – everything from a light drizzle of water to an Amazonian downpour can be turned on with the flick of a switch.

Now comes the decision on the type of lighting to use. This is where most people have major issues. Recessed lighting is nice for a soft visual effect, but keep in mind that you won’t get a really clear idea of what’s going on when you look in the mirror because they tend to cause shadowing. If you really, really have to install recessed lighting then add some additional overhead lighting on or near your mirror.

Bathroom floors are also an area that many people kinda “skip” over. Do your absolute best to avoid any form of carpetting in your bathroom – it’ll be a mess within 6 months. The use of ceramic tiles can add a truly tasteful accent to any room. Heck you can even purchase bathroom floor tiles that can be heated for those chilly winter mornings.

Hopefully this article has given you some ideas to get started with or at least inspired you…. even a teeny, tiny little bit!

Want some more interior designs and ideas for bathrooms? Check out BathroomCentral for even more bathroom layout ideas for the DIY decorator.

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