So, you’ve decided that it’s time for a home renovation in 2018, but you’re stuck on possibly the most important question: What is my style?
Whether or not you’re an experienced renovator, choosing a style for the bathroom can be difficult. Where, once upon a time, the bathroom was an afterthought when it came to home design, it is now one of the most important rooms of the home. A bathroom needs to be functional and practical, but also needs to act as an oasis of sorts. A place to relax and unwind, as much as a place to scrub up, the 21st-century bathroom is multifaceted.
With no lack of home renovation shows on the airwaves these days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that everyone is born with a certain degree of interior design expertise. Unfortunately for many of us, we can no sooner imagine our new bathroom’s potential than learn to plumb the toilet. Fortunately, we’ve put together a few tips for helping you to choose a bathroom style to suit your needs and add value to your home.
What’s the style of your home?
The first thing to consider when putting together a new bathroom style is: how is the rest of your home styled? Have you renovated and decorated the rest of your home already, or do you plan on undertaking further renovations once your bathroom is complete?
If you’re planning on a whole-home makeover, the bathroom is a great place to start. It means that you can choose a completely new style, and even be a little experimental. Keep in mind though, that being too risky with your bathroom design can affect the ease with which you sell your home in the future.
If you’ve already styled the rest of your home, and don’t plan on making any major changes to the kitchen, living room or entertaining areas, then it’s a good idea to maintain a consistent style when renovating your bathroom.
Who is your bathroom accommodating?
With so many incredible ‘statement’ pieces now available for the bathroom, it can be tempting to focus more on funky fixtures and fittings than functionality. Remembering to incorporate appropriate storage for your family, as well as other elements like a bathtub, his-and-her sinks and shelving can be important for achieving a successful bathroom renovation. Luckily, having a functional bathroom doesn’t mean compromising on style. Many of today’s family-friendly storage options are as practical as they are beautiful.
What are you willing to compromise on?
Sure, it might be nice to have that balcony-facing, 2-person spa bath – but will it come at the cost of a much-needed vanity unit? In the limited space of the bathroom, it can be hard to have it all. Like any major investment, when it comes to renovating your bathroom it’s important to make a list of ‘must haves’ and ‘can do withouts’. The final design of your bathroom will depend on how much space you’ve got, what you need to include, and finally, what your budget is.
What’s your budget? (Know where to spend your cash)
Having a clear idea of your budget is critical to achieving a successful bathroom renovation. However, don’t be discouraged if your funds are limited! With so many options available from the likes of Reece, you can achieve the look you’re after for a budget-friendly price. Knowing which features to invest in, and which to opt for more economical options is another key to success. Having a conversation with your bathroom renovator will help you to understand where you can save cash, and where it’s important to splash a little extra.
Reece’s Top Bathroom Trends help you to get the look, for the right price, with their ‘1 Look, 2 Budgets’ style guides. From nordic minimal to neo-classical, see some excellent examples of both budget and luxe renovation options here.
5. Use a planning tool
Still having trouble imagining your new bathroom? Try out Reece’s 3D Bathroom Planner. This powerful tool allows you to plan your bathroom in 2D, before viewing it in all its 3D glory. Position your shower and vanity, try out that free-standing bathtub and experiment with tiles. tap fittings and more. You can share your design with friends and family for a helping hand, and then export your products list to make shopping that much easier.