Updating or remodeling your bathroom can be a great investment of your home improvement dollars, especially if you plan to sell your home in the next few years. Remodeling this small space can also enhance its functionality, enabling you to enjoy the often-forgotten area of your home to its fullest. Here are some of the top bathroom remodeling ideas updated for Summer 2017, along with their costs and the pros and cons of each remodeling upgrade.
1. Stone tiles
Stone tile creates a natural look to your bathroom while providing the durability you need in a humid area. While tile has long been popular for this room, the look of stone creates warmth while being a good long-term investment option. Choose marble, limestone or even onyx for a unique look on your bathroom floors. Travertine is an upscale version which is stylish and long-lasting.
Pros: Beautiful, adds value to the bathroom
Cons: Can be expensive, depending on the stone you choose
Costs: Prices begin at $200 for a 100 square feet room, but can increase for more custom styles.
2. Wood floors
Hardwood is seldom a good idea in bathrooms because of the wetness and humidity. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have the look of wood to create warmth in the space. Engineered wood is the better option because it uses plywood as the base and real wood for the top layer. Another option is to choose a high-quality laminate that looks like wood. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference.
Pros: Popular flooring choice, adds warmth to a space
Cons: Susceptible to mold and damage if you choose the wrong kind
Costs: Higher than for tile, you can expect to pay at least $500 for real wood or $250 for laminate
3. Heated floors
While heated floors aren’t a new trend, they are continuing to gain popularity as they become more affordable. Radiant heat is installed under a new floor or with an existing floor, which makes taking a shower and getting dressed in cold weather a little more bearable.
Pros: Adds value to a home, you’ll enjoy the warmth all winter
Cons: May require professional installation
Costs: Around $600 to $800 for 100 square feet.
The right lighting is essential for such a small space, especially for getting dressed and applying makeup. The latest trends in lighting focus on providing more natural lighting to brighten the room and make it more practical.
4. Multiple Vanity Lighting
Instead of using one strong light with a lot of glare over the vanity, bathrooms today incorporate multiple fixtures. One light may be placed over the mirror while two sconces are set to the sides. Lower watt bulbs are used while the multiple fixtures provide enough light without being too harsh or glaring.
Pros: Select the amount of light you need, can save on overall lighting costs
Cons: May need to hire an electrician for installation
Costs: Starts at less than $100 to several hundreds of dollars, depending on the style and installation.
5. Ambient Lighting
Gone are the days when one overhead light fixture was all you needed. Modern bathrooms use light to create a soft mood. Recessed lighting over the shower ensures better illumination while sconces that point upward soften the space in other areas when you don’t need bright lights.
Pros: Enhances the functionality of the space
Cons: May require electrician for installation
Costs: Ranges from $50 for sconces to several hundreds of dollars if you have to add lighting with a professional.
6. Accent Lighting
Not all lighting has to be practical in a bathroom. You can use soft accent lighting to create a mood or showcase a specific area. For instance, miniature chandeliers hung over the bathtub create a sense of luxury. Use accent lighting to highlight artwork or a special mirror or cabinet just as you would in another room.
Pros: Easy to install with an electrical outlet
Cons: May require additional outlets or professional installation
Costs: Depends on how many lights you need, can start at less than $100 each.