Remodeling the bathroom is an opportunity to create that relaxing refuge you’ve always dreamed of. Unless you’re a professional, it’s hard to know if your design choices will lead to unfortunate results. To keep your project on track for success, these are key do’s and don’ts everyone needs to know:
Do consider size: Retiling is never easy, especially if you’re going the DIY route, and when it comes time to choose a design, size does matter. Working larger tiles into smaller bathrooms can get tricky and unwieldy. Worse, the resulting pattern may not have the desired effect. At the same time, small tiles can get lost and overwhelmed in a large room.
Don’t go overboard: It’s always commendable to try something new and out of the box. But if your bathroom ends up with too many bold elements and focal points, they can start competing with each other. Choose bold elements with care and make sure they balance.
Do try a design test: Before you lock in on tiles, paint and backsplash, it’s well worth the time, money and effort to use a home design software to see how they play together. It’s no substitute for real life, but it can give you a heads-up if something just isn’t going to work.
Don’t overlook function: The bathroom should have plenty of storage so it’s easy for everyone to keep showers and countertops clutter free and spotless. Wire-mounted baskets like this polished steel 2-tier basket from STORit works beautifully in the shower. Everything stays in place without tilting and no drilling or tools are needed. With the included soap bar holder and hooks, everything your family needs to get clean is easy to reach and easy to put away.
Consider wear and tear: Porcelain has a great look, but it won’t look so sharp when the sink bowl lands its first chip. There are plenty of durable and stain-resistant materials on the market that stand up to everyday abuse, including enamel on steel and solid-surface sinks.