How to Design Your Bathroom on a Budget
Your bathroom shouldn’t only be comforting for you, but it should be welcoming for guests who visit your home too, but realize this can be accomplished on a budget. To make the most out of your commode, follow these four design tips.
Pick the Perfect Sink
Before you invest in a new bathroom sink, you’ll want to think about how often it’ll get used and by whom. If you’re looking to make a style statement in your bathroom, you’ll want to install a vessel sink. Vessel sinks are usually more expensive than your average sink, but with good reason. This type of sink is essentially a basin that rests on top of a bathroom vanity or counter. They’re typically made from glass, fired ceramic, stainless steel, copper, stone, or marble, showcasing a modern look.
If you’re more of a traditionalist, skip the fancy look and opt for an under-mount or a drop-in sink. Since these sinks drop below the counter – as opposed to vessel sinks – they’re convenient if you have kids because they won’t have to reach as high or step on a stool to wash their hands. Additionally, these sinks come in many designs and colors that you’re sure to find one that caters to your personal preferences. For the more adventurous, here’s how to install this kind of sink.
Select a Relaxing Shower or Bathtub
The type of shower or bathtub you select will depend on how many people live in your household and what kind of lifestyle you live. Of course, if you have the room, you can opt to have both in your bathroom for the best of both worlds. If you’re not so lucky when it comes to space, you’ll have to decide on one that meets all of your family’s bathing needs.
Naturally, bathtubs are the focal point of any bathroom and have a direct impact on how you decorate it. Freestanding bathtubs are perfect if you care more about style than have a regular tub and shower combo in your bathroom, offering more space to relax in and many design options. This is also the best options if you have kids. If live on your own and aren’t a fan of bathing in a bathtub, there are plenty of luxurious shower options that can give you just as much of comfort as a hot tub.
Choose Energy Efficient Lighting
The most important area of your bathroom when it comes to lighting is near your mirror. Ideally, you’ll want to have lights at eye level on each side of the mirror as well as lights directly above it. That way you’ll have an even distribution of light on your face, eliminating any shadows that might hinder you while you apply your makeup (if you’re a woman) or shave your face (if you’re a man).
Bathroom lighting isn’t just about necessity, though. You want to get something the emits a good amount of lighting but doesn’t run your energy bill sky high. So you may ask which bulbs may cost you the least. CFL bulbs are the most popular, but LEDs might just be worth your investment. LED’s may cost you around $36 a bulb but LED bulbs consume the least power and have the longest life span, lasting up to 40 or 50 years making it well worth the investment.
Spoil Yourself With Amenities and Accessories
To make the most out of your bathroom and really make it stand out, you’ll want to accessorize it with comfort and coziness in mind. There are plenty of lavish options to choose from like a gas-insert fireplace and an in-floor radiant heating system. Also, if you really want to make your bathroom more than just a place where you clean up, you can add a TV, sound system, or beverage center.
To add that last touch, add some calming color to your bathroom by placing some plants in it. You can also buy a matching set of accessories including a soap dispenser and a toothbrush holder. To work off that color scheme, add a set of matching towels and a shower curtain from JCP that completes your look.
Decorating your bathroom will make it more inviting to you and your guests. Instead of entering and quickly wanting to exit it, you’ll want to lay back and relax if you’ve designed it the right way.
Author Bio: Lionel Bryant is a resident of Tampa, FL. Recently graduating from the University of South Florida, where he received his degree in Marketing with a minor in English. He enjoys traveling, playing sports, and listening to music. Considered adventurous and spontaneous, Lionel is always interested in trying something new.