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How To Guide: Create an Inspired Bathroom

Is your bathroom stuck in the 70’s or lacking function and style? It might be time for a remodel. Whether you are looking to stay in your home for years to come or looking to put your home on the market, remodeling a bathroom will add value to your property.

Remodeling Kitchens and Baths will often get you one of the biggest bang for your buck in the housing market. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, if a bathroom remodel is tackled properly, homeowners will recoup 50% of the cost put into the project. The biggest factors that increase the value would be updating worn-out items, modernizing fixtures and creating more functional space. But it is also important not to overdo it, go for a light to medium remodel to get the best return on investment

Even if you are not selling your home, a bathroom remodel is still a solid investment. A remodel can not only improve your home value but also your quality of living. According to National Association of the Remodeling industry, a new bathroom in particular achieved a Joy Score of 10—the highest ranking—and a remodeled one ranked at 9.6. Joy Scores indicate how happy someone is with a project they’ve done in their home; the higher the number, the higher the satisfaction level.

Popular design trends for bathrooms are to create spa like spaces that are warm and welcoming. Here are some elements that will help create the look:
Natural Stone: In a bathroom there will always be tile. For that spa-like feel you can’t go wrong with natural stone. Shower walls, counters or floors, stone can work for any or all of these areas depending on your budget. In the picture you see a mosaic sheet tile in a herringbone pattern. By having smaller pieces adhered to a mesh sheet- the cost would be less than larger pieces of stone. This is a great way to incorporate stone, even if you have a limited budget.
Pattern: By using graphic patterns you can create visual interest without overwhelming the space with color. Like the stone tile example, a pattern will catch your eye and give your space a sense of energy. Consider choosing interesting shapes of tiles or a graphic wall paper. As you can see from the example, using pattern and color really add to the modern feel of this space. A geometric pattern creates a more modern feel whereas florals are better for traditional designs.
Storage: Incorporating storage will always add function to your space. But there is not always room to add more cabinets. Consider creating small niches in your shower or in the walls of your bathroom. In the picture you can see that usable shelving is flanking the shower stall; it provides space for shampoo and soaps. These types of spaces keep clutter off of counters and creates a more organized relaxed feel.
Unconventional Mirrors: Reflect your style and add shine to your bathroom with a unique mirror. Bathroom mirrors don’t have to just be functional -- it can be a work of art. And since the bathroom isn’t a place where you would hang a lot of art, the mirror can really add some style. Consider using a mirror in an engaging shape such as a circle, or one with curves. Look at vintage shops to find a unique one of a kind piece.
Palette: To make your bathroom feel airy and relaxing. Having a warm color palette is key to creating that spa-like feel. Subdued gray and gray-beige shades ground the space and give a good base for accent pieces. In the picture, we see Sherwin Williams paint, Sea Salt, used on the walls, contrasted with whites and light gray. One of SW most popular colors, Sea Salt is great to use in bathrooms to create a spa-like feel. It is a subtle color that is a mix of blue and green, it is paired best with crisp whites for contrast.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Until next month, Happy Decorating!!


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