Even a small bathroom remodel is easy to become a big nightmare, if you don’t think of all things in great detail from the start. Well, who doesn’t think of all things, you may wonder and you’d be right! But you know what? We often give all our energy on focusing on the big things and forget that the little things matter all the same. It is those niggles that kind of bother you and make you wonder why you didn’t think of them while you were still in the phase of planning the bathroom design.
The things to consider before the bathroom remodeling? Plenty. Let’s see the most common mistakes.
Overdoing it with the bathroom colors
The colors, motifs, patterns you choose for the bathroom will either make the room the ideal space to unwind or will turn it into a jungle. While white combined with other neutrals is the ideal solution for a serene environment, you can also choose other shades from the huge color palette. But the colors – even contrasting, should match and create a pleasant environment, not a disturbing space. That includes the faucets and all accessories in the bathroom, too.
Creating a new bathroom with no counter
Even the smallest bathroom needs some counter space – just to place a brush, the make-up bag, or even your cup of coffee. Of course, with a long counter, you run the risk of creating clutter. But that’s actually subject to how much storage space you have and how you like things around your bathroom. All in all, having sufficient counter space in the bathroom gives you the opportunity to use it or not in the long run, and avoid bringing extra tables (which will create clutter) in the bathroom later on.
Not including storage space
Since we already mentioned the importance of storage space for the avoidance of clutter in the bathroom, this is one more thing people tend to forget. One single cabinet – or no cabinet at all, will make your life difficult. Just think of all the things you keep in the bathroom to realize the importance of creating lots of storage now instead of dealing with clutter later.
Not replacing the old bathroom tile floor or wall
The bathroom flooring is not always replaced during remodeling projects. But you’ll regret not replacing it if it’s old, worn, damaged. If this is a bathroom tile floor or even wall, the grout is most likely discolored and dirty – since grout is absorbent. That’s not good for hygiene reasons alone – let alone the appearance. While it costs to replace the floor, do it if you renovate the bathroom now because it won’t be easy to do it later.
Overlooking the susceptibility of some materials
Regretting bringing wood into the bathroom? Hmm, this may happen, especially if there’s no good bathroom ventilation or there’s particularly high humidity. This is a high-humid room – by nature. It’s best to invest in resistant materials so that you won’t have to replace them pretty soon.
Choosing the wrong bathroom lighting color
While you might spend some time with your bathroom renovation contractor talking about lighting and which fixtures to get, you may not consider the color of the light. Overall, bathrooms need intense, white color light – even more when there’s no window – hence, natural light. But you can also get ambient lights, if you like to create a nice environment to relax.
Not leaving enough shower door clearance
It’s nice to have a shower cabinet with a door. It’s easy to use and the transparency of glass makes the bathroom look bigger than it is. But did you measure correctly, making sure the door opens all the way? If not, you might find yourself locked inside the shower with no way out – far stretched but to make a point. Measuring well for about all things in the bathroom is the basis of a successful bathroom remodeling. Focus on that first.