Many homeowners are living with bathroom eyesores. Old tile, cracked sinks, worn out vanities, outdated lighting, and tubs from the Great Depression can weigh down the hip factor in any home. Why not resolve to make some changes to your bathroom and bring it completely up to date? Here are some considerations along with inspirational photos from some bathrooms designed by our Design2Share in-house decorator, Irwin Weiner ASID.
- Get inspiration for your bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects by looking at the websites for exhibitors to KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Check out all the building materials and new products that you might want to add to your renovation wish list. [Link: http://www.kbis.com/show/exhibitor-list
- Bathroom appliances are much more eco-friendly now and they conserve water. Incorporate water-saving showerheads, faucets, and toilets into your new bathroom. Check out WaterSense from the Environmental Protection Agency and Save Water America to learn more.
- Remote sensors can help modern bathroom appliances automatically dispense soap and turn the water on in your sink without turning knobs.
- · Are you familiar with the latest toilets on the market? The Washlet by TOTO, for instance, has a remote control, a nozzle that automatically extends from under the seat for a warm water cleansing that eliminates toilet paper, a dryer, air deodorizer, a heated seat, a SoftClose seat, a quick-release feature to remove the seat for easy cleaning, and a sensor to gauge the precise amount of water needed to flush waste away (a great water saver).
- Plan for lots of natural light in your new bathroom, from both skylights and windows. Layer your lighting for atmosphere and to help you with tasks: general lighting (your overhead light), task lighting (for shaving and make-up application), accent lighting (highlighting artwork or beautiful tile work), and decorative lighting (up lights or recessed cans for ambient glows and relaxing soaks in the tub).
- Many homeowners add a whirlpool or an air jet tub to a bathroom. Whirlpools send out jets of water around the body with water taken in from the tub; air jets send gentler bubbles of air pushed out from the tub’s mechanized system. Look into the pros and cons of both systems (e.g. whirlpools are harder to clean, air jets can only be used in acrylic tubs).
- · Do you have the room to go glam? How about adding a steam shower, heated towel bars, a dressing area, or a bathroom telephone and TileVision television? What about a heating system under your bathroom tile floors to keep your feet toasty warm?