3 Important Considerations When Designing a Small Bathroom Remodel


Mosaic backsplash

Full bathroom remodels are no doubt, a lot of work. Yet, when you are completely finished, you can revel in the comforting and beautiful bathroom that you designed. That is, if you designed it properly. You do not want to lay the last tile, only to realize that every material you picked, actually clashing with one another. Avoid disappointing remodels that can be expensive and timely, by making the following careful bathroom remodel material selections.

Imagine the entire room put together

You may fall in love with a specific glass wall tile design at the local home improvement store and it might look perfect, on its own. However, when you compare that same glass wall tile design with the backsplash design that you have already ordered, it no longer looks amazing. When you combine different designs in your bathroom remodel, you want to see them all together, before beginning installation. There are two ways to achieve this visual.

You can wait until you have all of the ordered materials in front of you. Take one piece of each and attempt to create the planned look of your bathroom remodel. Compare the floor tiles, the backsplash design, and the shower materials. If you will be adding any type of material to the walls, you will also want to put this into the design. This can give you a great idea of what the overall look will look like. Additionally, you can input the designs into a home designer software program. These programs are highly advanced and will give you an overall computer generated look, based on your specific bathroom material designs.

Do not choose too many bold expression materials

If you choose too many bold and expressive materials, they will easily clash with each other. Depending on the size of your bathroom, it is usually best to only utilize one small area of bold materials. If the material is extremely bold, you may want to other materials to be duller. If your glass wall tile is made up of bright and shiny materials, consider using plainer glass tile designs in the shower enclosure. As a general guideline, bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4% ROI. However, if you use too many bold materials in the bathroom remodel, you run the risk of turning buyers away, thus reducing your overall ROI.

Consider the size of your bathroom

The size of your bathroom should play an important role in choosing the remodel materials. Smaller bathrooms tend to look smaller with numerous dark ceramic wall tiles. Also, painting a smaller bathroom with darker colors can make it appear smaller and less relaxing. Larger bathrooms, however, can pull off darker glass wall tiles easier. Evaluate the size of your bathroom when you are making color selections of materials.

The size of your bathroom will also factor into the size of the materials used. If you have minimal space already, you do not want to install a bathtub that is too large. You also do not want to use very large of tile patterns. The ceramic tile installation will be more difficult and you will lose a lot of the design. Smaller bathrooms tend to look better with smaller sized tiles. Manufacturers often use the term subway tiles now to describe any rectangular tile with a length twice its height, from 4 by 8 inch planks to 1 by 2 mosaics, and even some tiles (such as contemporary 2 by 8 strips) that do not share the original proportions at all. Subway tiles are a great option in a smaller bathroom.

According to a National Association of Home Builders survey, bathroom remodeling is the job most requested in the United States, accounting for 78% of renovations. There are another large percentage of people who choose to DIY their own bathroom remodel. If you are in that group of people, you can save yourself a lot of money and time by planning your bathroom remodel ahead of time. Consider things like how different materials will complement one another, the size of your bathroom, and how different paint colors will look in the bathroom.


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