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A guide to small bathroom renovation

26th Mar '21 • By Shreya Kulkarni

Ready to redo your bathroom, but aren't quite sure where to start? Take a look at our small guide to give you some bathroom renovation inspiration

It's no wonder that baths are at the top of many homeowners' remodelling wish lists these days. Bathroom renovations are the second most costly home improvement project after the kitchen.
It's easy to see how the costs will easily add up when you consider what's involved, such as plumbing, tiling, tapware, baths, and basins. It's important to prepare and budget for a bathroom renovation because there are so many different elements and trades involved.
Sprucing up your small bathroom is not as complicated or costly as you may believe. Here's a short guide to renovating a small bathroom.

Planning, planning, planning

When it comes to bathroom renovations everything seems exciting. Instead of going overboard with changes, take a step back and decide what you really want. Make a list of things you can salvage and use later in your new bathroom. Then, make a list of things you wish to change - a fresh coat of paint, good bathroom tiles, new fixtures. Avoid making unnecessary changes to your existing structure and the layout is sound. Also, decide on the look you want to go for in this renovation. Do you want to give it a modern or vintage vibe? What colour scheme do you want to go with? Do you want a bathtub or do you want to keep your shower? Decorating a small bathroom can be tough and choosing the perfect colour scheme can be even harder. 

Choose the paint

It's no secret that bright white paint makes any room feel light, airy and open. But if you love colours a bright shade of teal makes quite the statement in this modern bathroom design. Choosing a vivid colour for the walls and ceiling really makes the subway tile backsplash and plain fixtures pop. Not into the bold, vibrant colours? Try a more subdued colour baby blue bathroom. A sunny shade of yellow accessories pairs perfectly with the space to liven it up. Or try a soothing shade of green. When paired with all-white fixtures, you'll get a tranquil and rejuvenating space to freshen up.

Bathroom tiles

Tiling will totally revamp the look and feel of your bathroom scheme. For smaller spaces, using larger tiles can make the room feel bigger and more open. To make the room feel cosy, smaller, mosaic tiles can do the trick. There are also many tile patterns that can add interest. Look for specific colours and prints which go with the aesthetic and mood of the room. The right colour selection can go a long way in making the room a better space. Want help? Get a tiler to help you with your renovations.

Taps and fixtures

Changing your fittings might seem like a small change but it goes a long way in brightening up the space. When selecting new fittings, think about how they work with the rest of your bathroom features like the tiles, colour scheme etc. Silver tapware reflects the light nicely and can add a contemporary, high-end finish, while coloured tapware is another popular choice. The key here is to not use standard accessories for the bathroom especially main accessories such as the mirror. If you want to give your bathroom that wow factor, invest some time and energy into sourcing a beautiful mirror with a frame that suits your style. To really elevate your bathroom look, choose a (preferably large) mirror with an interesting or unique shape or finish such as gold, Moroccan, or tortoiseshell. Another fantastic way to update your bathroom is to replace your bathroom accessories such as your taps, towel racks, and toilet roll holder. 

Light it up!

Never compromise on lighting. Good lighting is a must in every part of your house, including the bathroom. Beautiful, hanging lights can help add a bit of personality and give the place a really good look. This will help a small bathroom look luxurious. Consider investing in large-scale light fixtures—specifically flush-mount chandeliers. If you’re not a specialist then don't DIY. Ask an expert! The right lighting can change the mood of the room. If it's too dark, it makes the room very gloomy so observe how much natural light is received during the day to determine your lighting needs. You can select your lighting depending on the mood of the room. Whether a chandelier or an industrial light, wire or grass-woven pendant, this is a simple way to add some structure to the room.

Are you wondering how much time it will take to make all these renovations? Don’t worry we have got you covered. Read our guide here.

Once the bathroom design is finalised do not change it, but before signing it off show it to the electrician, tiler and other related trades to make sure they can't see any issues that will interfere with their part of the project.

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