The bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate, second only to kitchens (hence why most of us tend to leave these spaces as is). But you don’t need a gut renovation to make your space feel luxe. Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. If installing marble tile, acquiring a lust-worthy claw-foot tub, and splurging on a rain shower aren’t in the cards, there are still numerous ways you can give your bathroom an expensive look without breaking the bank.
Here are few tricks to do just that.
Freestanding tubs are a staple for modern bathroom designs. Balance is key, so keep things symmetrical and sharp by strategically placing your tub in a spot that enhances the feng shui of your bathroom. Traditionally bathtubs are the familiar oval shape, however a rectangular or pedestal tub makes your bathroom look and feel more luxurious.
Give a touch of Brass
We’ve been seeing brass and copper everywhere lately, especially in the most luxurious of bathrooms. The fact that it’s not chrome (the most basic of finishes) instantly gives it a leg up on the average look. You don’t need to replace all of your faucets (trust us, hardware can add up), but a new soap dish, magnifying mirror, or a little jar might just do the trick.
Place Large Mirror
A large mirror has so much power. It cuts down on tile costs by filling much of a wall (while reflecting the material you do invest in) and can virtually double the size of the room, making it feel like a vast personal oasis. Consider taking a mirror wall to wall. The wall will look dressed and tiled even though in fact there are only a few inches of stone backsplash below the mirror.
Play with the variety of Glass
A smoky glass shower enclosure balances an air of privacy and sophistication with visual openness, and doesn’t add much to the cost versus clear glass. Also, placing lights in front of the mirror rather than above it virtually doubles the amount of lighting, making the overall effect glowing and warm.
Choose statement lighting
Whether it’s a glittering chandelier or wall-mounted sconces, try swapping ordinary lighting for a fixture that makes a stylish statement. Hanging a chandelier in the middle of the room or over a soaking tub can make a stunning and luxurious impact.
If you don’t wish to use a chandelier to make a statement with lighting, dazzling pendant lights or wall sconces above a sink can give your ordinary bathroom a jewel box atmosphere, and they can be found for $200 and up. Look for something with a distinct and artful look that complements the rest of your bathroom hardware.
You might not think of the bathroom as an obvious space to feature artwork, but doing so can elevate the feel of the room. In fact, multimillion-dollar homes often showcase large-scale artworks and collections in their bathrooms. Just be aware that moisture (and sunlight) can damage some pieces, so you should display art in non-steamy areas of the room or choose more durable or less valuable works.
Add a Place to Sit
Nearly every high-end bathroom we’ve stepped into is equipped with seating of some sort—be it a simple garden stool, a tufted ottoman, or an ornately carved armchair. Raw wood and soft upholstery adds depth and dimension against hard tile and stone for a well-balanced scene. Plus, not only does the accent look expensive, but it also feels grand. Why do your pedicure on the toilet seat when you could do it on your very own throne?
Marble speaks Opulence
Marble has been a mainstay of decorative materials in bathrooms. Whether your style is classic or modern, rustic or sleek, marble will look great in your bathroom. If you have natural or laminate wood accents, you’ll want marble tiles with a brushed finish. If you have chrome or brushed steel fixtures, polished marble will be perfect on countertops, tub surrounds, and shower walls. Marble bathrooms will catch the eye of real estate appraisers when they evaluate your home. Marble is the go-to material if you’re looking to design a bathroom that says sophistication, opulence and luxury. A light-colored finish will make a bathroom seem large and light, particularly in a space with high ceilings and large windows.
How Bathroom Remodeling Contractors can help?
While a bathroom remodel is conceivably a DIY job, the complexity of this job means that hiring a pro isn’t such a bad idea. Because difficult operations (electrical, tiling, plumbing, etc.) are involved, you save yourself a load of misery and time by hiring a contractor.
If you think you have a bathroom in need of repairs or updating then the experienced crew of CCS Remodeling can help you transform your bathroom into something stunning at a price that you can afford.