Free-standing bathtub with a wildlife view through hinged patio doors

Fresh Ideas for Your Bathroom Remodel

With emails and updates coming at you left and right, sometimes it feels like the bathroom is the only refuge where you can get away from it all. Behind that door’s lock lies the sanctity of a few precious moments to yourself—if you can stand looking at the ratty wallpaper that long, that is.

 Okay, so your bathroom could use a little help. But you have about as much time to spend shopping around for inspiration as you do between dinner and helping with homework—which is to say, not a lot. Don’t worry. These savvy bathroom remodel ideas will net you some solid inspiration in less time than it takes the oven to heat.

Install a freestanding tub

Looking to gain lots of shower power without gobbling up room in a snug bath? A freestanding tub may be just the right remedy. A smaller, space-efficient model paired with a compact shower can actually save space when done right, and it will lend your room an opulent, spa feel—a must when your bathroom doubles as an escape hatch.

Clawfoot free-standing bathtub next to a large casement window letting in natural light

Pella casement windows let the light in and create a beautiful backdrop for a free standing bathtub!

Dial up the tile

Bathroom designers have their work cut out for them—in smaller spaces, transitions need be minimized to communicate a luxurious spaciousness. To get the look in your restroom, don’t cut tiling short just before the ceiling or at the foot of the shower door. Carry it all the way up the wall or forward past the shower—anything that breaks up the eye will fracture the illusion of space.

Wall-to-floor white tile in the bathroom that brightens and freshens the look

Photo credit: Shelly Harrison via Houzz
A Pella window adds to the contemporary flare of this Boston bathroom

Give yourself twice the flow

What’s better than one powerful showerhead? Why, two, of course, installed at opposite walls. That should make two-person showering a little more comfortable, whether you have two minutes or twenty.

Clear walls surround a large shower with two shower heads

Lighten up

Things can get dim pretty quickly in bathrooms—in our quest for privacy, sometimes they can get a little claustrophobic. Incorporating some natural light really perks up an otherwise dark space—and there are more ways to do it than you’d think. Adding French doors, windows with frosted glass panes behind a tub or set of high windows above a vanity pumps up the drama in a master bath.

Free-standing bathtub with a wildlife view through hinged patio doors

Architect Series French doors from Pella complete this bathroom remodel in Northern California

Go for a unique vanity

Sayonara, tired countertops! Modern bathroom vanities can be as personalized as you like, from floating modular cabinets to one-of-a-kind pieces honed from distressed wood or customized antique dressers. The right vanity can even serve as a statement piece for your renovated bathroom, especially in a smaller space. A wall mount faucet with recessed pipes will let you get creative with your design without providing a gaping view into your sink’s inner workings.

Unique, nature-inspired black and white design behind the bathroom vanity and window

Photo Credit: Marc Golub via Houzz
In this master bathroom addition, R. B. Schwarz contractors added a Pella window, inset medicine cabinets, porcelain tile, custom built Amish white cabinets, black absolute granite, Rohl faucets imported from Italy, frameless glass shower door, patterned wallpaper, quiet bath ventilation fan, black and white bathroom.

Open up your shelving

Thanks to the convergence of two separate trends—the rise of the spa set and the decluttering converts—open shelves, particularly placed at the end of a tub and piled high with plush towels, have been popping up in bathroom remodels all over the place. Topped off with some decorative jars, open shelves can make a statement of their own, one that will whisk you away to a fantasy of luxury and comfort—even if the truth is a whole lot less relaxing!

Open shelving unit for towels next to the bathtub

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About the Writer

 Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

 

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