11 Tips for Renovating a Bathroom

Bathrooms are the number one place homeowners want to renovate, even more than kitchens. One of the reasons why bathrooms are renovated more often than kitchens is simply because the space is smaller and you will usually spend less on a bathroom renovation project for less money than a kitchen project.

Below are some basic bathroom remodelling tips to help you with your makeover:


  1. Break it up - For an older look, consider built-ins such as recessed sinks, medicine cabinets, and even vanities.
  2. Flooring - Wood floors are not the best type of bathroom flooring material, from a practical standpoint, but they do make for bathrooms with great character. Properly sealed and stained hardwood floors are durable enough for normal bathroom use.
  3. Size with Colour - To make a small bathroom look bigger, make sure your colour palette stays within the white-to-cream colour spectrum.
  4. Consider lighting - Ironically, in a room where people need to visually examine hair and faces, the lighting is usually very dark and concentrated in only one place - namely, from ceiling fixtures. At the very least, consider adding lighting around the bathroom mirror in the form of sconces.
  5. Fixtures and paint - Use white or cream fixtures (i.e. the toilet and bath) painted fixtures tend to look very dated after just a few years. And while it's possible to switch to a toilet with very little effort, you'll incur significant demolition and costs associated with turning off the shower or tub.
  6. Dim Mood Lighting - A very simple device that can add mood to your bathroom is a dimmer switch. The brake switch is perfect for relaxing nighttime baths.
  7. Extra pieces - If space allows, many home decorators recommend having a stand-alone piece such as a decorative chair or cabinet as a design element. To make up for that space, you can stop with other practical elements such as shutters or simply move the transmission to another room. This "decorative" piece can, of course, also serve for practical use as a place to store towels, soaps or other small items.
  8. More places to hang - hooks are the easiest way to add "surface" to a bathroom without adding any real surface area. Hooks can be used for everything from clothes to bathrobes to towels.
  9. Toilet Position - Never have a toilet placed so that it faces the door. While I have never found this to be a problem, I keep hearing experts recommend that the toilet be placed ninety degrees from the door or at least several feet away from the door.
  10. Mirrors - Most people think of bathroom mirrors only for checking makeup or hives. But it is also important to think of mirrors in bathrooms as design elements that expand the room visually and add light to the room. Many homeowners like to add a second mirror in addition to the primary nearby located above the sink.
  11. Wall protection and beauty - Beadboard has two great functions. First, it creates an antique look and is so easy to install. Second, the buffet plate performs a very important function of protecting the lower part of the walls from the inevitable splashes of water that occur in bathrooms from a bathtub or shower. A good coat of oil-based paint ensures that the butter will be virtually moisture-proof.

Whether you’re searching for an on-trend style or a space-saving design when it comes to designing your dream bathroom, we all need a little bit of inspiration.