There’s something about a new year that inspires positive change. If you’re feeling motivated to give your home a new and improved look, why not start with the bathroom? Below you will find 10 top bathroom remodeling tips that will help you bring in the new year with a hefty dose of style and comfort!

Tip #1: Set a Budget

The first thing you should do when planning a bathroom renovation is setting a clear budget. And stick to it. Some experts recommend spending 5-10 percent of your home’s value on a new bathroom. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000, you would spend between $5,000 and $10,000 on your remodel.

Once you have your base budget set, you can fine-tune your budget by creating a list of things you need and things you want. Allocate the most money to the most important projects, then work your way out from there.

Tip #2: Consider Your Needs

Why are you remodeling your bathroom? How long do you plan to be in your home? Go over your needs for function and style, and consider whether you plan to sell your home in the future. These details will inform your over-all remodeling plan. For example, if you plan to stay in your home for life, then you might plan for accessibility challenges by installing a walk-in shower. 

Tip #3: Choose Your Theme

One of the most fun steps towards a bathroom renovation is choosing your theme. What kind of look are you going for? Do you want a bathroom that is slick and sophisticated, warm and cozy, or a spa-like retreat? Once you have a basic idea of the look and feel you want, you can do some research and find the right colors, patterns, and textures that complement your vision.

Tip #4: Lose the Old Lighting

If your current light fixtures are outdated or fail to provide adequate lighting in all the right places, then it’s time to go out with the old and in with the new. Good bathroom lighting includes general overhead lighting such as ceiling mounted or recessed lighting and task lighting above the vanity and shower.

Tip #5: Focus on Flooring

When redoing your bathroom floor, make sure that you choose a waterproof flooring option like vinyl or tile. You also want to think about function. For example, if you want a floor that’s easy to maintain, go with porcelain or glazed tiles instead of porous options like limestone; the latter is more prone to staining. For a non-slip surface, choose textured tiles, matte finishes, or use small tiles. More grout provides more grip.

Tip #6: Repaint Your Walls

Never underestimate a fresh coat of paint! Since bathrooms are usually smaller spaces, opt for light colors because these will make your space look bigger. However, you can strategically use bold and bright colors to accent certain areas of your bathroom. For example, you might have light-colored walls and a dark-colored cabinetry. Get creative but remember that you will be stuck with the choices you make for a few years, so don’t get too carried away!

Tip #7: Revive Your Vanity

Your bathroom vanity is one of the focal points of your bathroom, so this is a space that deserves a good bit of attention. Update your cabinetry, your bathroom sinks, and your mirrors. Do you want one sink or two? How much cabinet space do you need? Which fixtures go with your desired theme and budget? You can renovate your current vanity or install a new one depending on your vision and budget.

Tip #8: Get Organized

Storage is an important thing to consider if you want a bathroom that's comfortable and functional. Your vanity should provide a decent amount of storage, but there are other options to consider. Do you need shelving? What about shower caddies and soap dishes? Where will you keep your bathroom linens, toiletries, and cleaning products?

Tip #9: Make it Your Own

Personalize your bathroom with decorative touches that bring your bathroom theme to life while making your space all your own! Bring in some artwork, plants, soaps, rugs, and new towels—anything that will tie your look together.

Tip #10: Hire Bathroom Contractors

There are many ways you can upgrade your bathroom yourself, but some projects require help from a custom bathroom contractor.

If you want a tub replacement or shower replacement that’s ultra-stylish, affordable, and installed by qualified experts, contact CMK Construction. Inc. We can complete your bathroom remodel in Tampa quickly while staying within your budget. Get a free design consultation and browse our impressive selection of stunning bathroom products today!