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Bathroom Makeover - Your #1 Priority if you've got a Bland and Boring Bathroom

Blog entry by Rob Hardy posted 10-28-2013 06:09 AM 8990 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate bathrooms that lack personality, are cluttered and whose design makes them practically unusable. Yes, I am pretty sure you’ve come across bathrooms that just don’t look good any which way you look at them and also fall flat on the usability front. Here’s the truth, my bathroom also lacked the simple pleasures we expect such rooms to have and there came a time when I just couldn’t stand its design and decided to remodel it.

Before I tell you what I did to up the ante I want to give you an idea of how creatively challenged I am. I am an auto glass Reno expert and spend all my time repairing or installing car windshields; this work requires finesse and a fine understanding of glass replacement and repair technicalities, but no creativity. I have no creative pursuits whatsoever, so a bathroom makeover to transform its insipidness into something that made more of a style statement was going to be difficult. But, I decided to take up this challenge

To be very frank, I had some help, but the way I went about the makeover wasn’t laid out to me by anybody. It was just me and me alone. So take a look at what I did.

1. Identify the problem areas

What’s wrong with your bathroom? Is the shower area a problem? Is there a mismatch between the fittings you’ve got and the tiles or the color of the walls? Is the flooring a problem? A bathroom makeover isn’t a battle in which you go all guns blazing. You need to get an idea of what’s wrong with it to give it the desired makeover. At times, there is really no problem with the bathroom’s design, you’re just bored with it.

The problem with my bathroom was that it looked dingy and dated and like it had definitely seen better days. I just wanted to brighten it up and make it more usable.

2. Starting with the Tiles

First up, I don’t have a large bathroom, but it’s not small either. You could call it midsized, and therefore I picked smaller tiles to make the room look bigger than it actually looked. My color choices veer towards the light and pastel shades, which meant I picked tiles with a bluish hue, with more white in them than blue. My idea was to brighten the walls of my bathroom by choosing a soothing color and blue was the preferred choice.

3. The Right Flooring

I didn’t want to go the traditional route with my bathroom flooring and therefore decided to go for concrete flooring with just a hint of blue in it. The idea was to complement my wall tiles with the flooring. Let me confess, I got this idea browsing through the HGTV website. For the floor, I wanted to use something other than ceramic and found concrete an innovative option that added a sense of consistency to the bathroom.

4. Shower Area

I had a 32 inches by 32 inches shower area, which didn’t make for a comfortable showering experience. This meant I needed a bigger shower area but lacked maneuvering room for want of space. So, I decided to cut down on the sink space, and increase a bit of the showering area; this got me a 36-by-36 inch glass fronted shower stall and I also added a corner shelf to the stall. I also got myself a high-quality shower control; this was a little expensive, but if there is one thing I have learnt in the auto glass industry, it is that there is no beating quality.

5. Lighting Fixtures

Another problem that I faced with my earlier bathroom, was a perceptible lack of lighting. I mean, I could still see but it wasn’t what you call ‘good’ lighting. I got that problem sorted out by installing some extra lighting fixtures at strategic locations. I placed one above the mirror, the shower area, the sink, and also the cabinet. While earlier I just had two fixtures in the center of the room, which didn’t really light up the room, I moved on to multiple light fixtures at all the important places in the bathroom. For me, the key here was functionality rather than using the light fixtures for improving the decorative appeal of the room.

6. That ‘Sinking’ Feeling

The sink can either be used as the Pièce de résistance of your bathroom or you could think of it in terms of a functional fitting that needs to have just the right size to not take a up a lot of space. I picked a basin with a projection of 40 cm from the wall ($), to make sure it fitted with the size of the bathroom. The style quotient was taken care of by choosing a bowl basin and I had a fine wood cabinet built round the basin. It fits perfectly with the overall design motif I picked for the bathroom.

($) also taking into consideration the increased shower area.

7. I didn’t try too hard

All I wanted was a bathroom that wasn’t boring and bland. So I made sure the bathroom had some color, the right kind of fittings and made excellent use of the available space. That was it. I approached its makeover in a very uncomplicated manner to get the kind of bathroom I wanted.

At the end of the day, after you take a particular room of your house through a makeover, you need to be able to look at your work with pride. The room should look better and must be more functional than before. This is the feeling I experienced when I took a good hard look at my bathroom, when the final tile was in place. I was proud of my work and patted myself on the back.



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