9 Bathroom Upgrades That Totally Rock

By Elizabeth Summers / January 28, 2022 / No comments
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In the 1940s, only around 40 percent of dwellings had a bath or shower. Then, after WWII, things began to change, and bathrooms became standard in most homes. 

Now, though, it is changing again. While three bedrooms and one bathroom was enough for the average family home in the past, that’s no longer the case. We want more bathrooms than ever before. 

In this post, we take a look at some bathroom improvement ideas that you might want to implement in your home. Check them out below. 

Add More Storage

These days, a single bathroom cabinet isn’t usually enough to store your entire family’s toiletries and cosmetics. You need more space. 

That’s why bathroom storage is fast becoming the most exciting aspect of interior design. People are trying to figure out how to keep all of the things they need in the bathroom, without taking up too much space. 

Fortunately, vendors are getting smart about it. For instance, you can now buy sink units that come built into storage cabinets, designed to run along one of the walls in your bathroom.

What’s more, these cabinets are incredibly stylish. Many feature bespoke faucets, marble tops, and hardwood frames. Shelves and drawers provide plenty of space for shampoo, back scrubbers, shower gel, towels and baskets. 

Low-Flow Shower Heads

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The amount of water you use for your daily shower has a direct impact on the environment. The more you use, the more energy you consume. 

That’s why many homeowners are now installing low-flow shower heads. The concept sounds bad – less water in the shower. But low-flow shower heads are clever. They essentially aerate the water, making it seem like more is coming out than actually is. 

With these attachments, many homeowners discover that they are able to save thousands of gallons of water per year. Just make sure that your shower unit is able to deliver sufficient pressure for an adequate experience. 

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

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In the 1970s, vinyl bathroom flooring took off. Millions of people used it as an affordable alternative to conventional tiles or hardwood. 

Today, vinyl is very much back in vogue, as exemplified by brands, such as Floors To Walls. The reason for this is simple: vinyl manufacturing technology improved dramatically over the last fifty years, and now it is fast becoming a luxury item again.

Today’s flooring looks similar to luxury materials, such as tiles and wood. And vendors are getting good at infusing it with the same textures, making it even more realistic. 

Improve Ventilation

Stuffy bathrooms aren’t ideal. Not only do they develop a musty smell, but they are also at increased risk of mould. 

The solution is effective ventilation. And while it might not be the most exciting of bathroom topics, it is necessary. A poorly ventilated bathroom will develop signs of damage quickly, increasing home maintenance costs. 

When it comes to ventilation, you have a number of options. In the past, builders used to install vent fans into window panes which would spin when the temperature of the bathroom exceeded the outdoor temperature, removing steam from the room. 

However, these aren’t particularly reliable, so vendors upped their game. Powered fans were developed which sucked moist air out of bathrooms the moment the light or the shower was turned on. These then remain on for around 15 minutes after you finish using the shower, preventing condensation and moisture buildup. 

Add Beautiful Countertop Materials

Countertops are an important part of bathrooms. However, even today, many don’t have any appreciable counter surface area. 

When choosing a countertop material, it’s a question of striking a balance between aesthetics and functionality. Natural stone counters are expensive, but also durable. What’s more, they can fit in many different styles of bathrooms. 

Laminate countertops are cheaper. However, they are more prone to damage. Furthemore, they don’t offer a great deal of resale value. 

Neutral Fixtures

When remodelling a bathroom, it is often tempting to choose designer fixtures and fittings. However, remember that bathroom style fads tend to come and go quickly. What’s hot today might not be tomorrow. 

When it comes to your bath, toilet, and sink, stick with neutral options. Choose white enamel. Other styles may start to look outdated over time. What’s more, if they stick out like a sore thumb, it’ll hurt your ability to sell your home in the future. People just won’t be interested. 

Choose Heated Flooring

While bathroom radiators will keep you warm, they take up space and can dull the bathroom aesthetically. For that reason, many homeowners are now opting for heating flooring.

There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that floor heating is now relatively affordable. All it requires is taking up your existing flooring and putting down some underfloor heating mat.  

The second reason is that it relies entirely on electricity. You don’t have to worry about your boiler breaking down all the time. You simply hook the heating up to your mains.

What’s more, underfloor heating tends to be more cost-effective than radiators. Almost all of the energy they consume gets converted into heat that transfers into your bathroom. Underfloor heating could be easily installed by hiring a bathroom designer and renovation expert. You can avail such facilities through a local service provider or online from companies similar to Wetrooms Design.

Get Rid Of The Bathtub

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You don’t always need a bathtub in your bathroom. While that might sound like heresy, it could be one of the best decisions that you ever make. With more space available, your bathroom suddenly becomes more functional. 

Generally speaking, baths take up more space than showers. If you remove the bath, you can open up your bathroom and include more storage space

Add Textured Tiles To The Shower Floor

Lastly, to upgrade the appearance of your shower floor, you might consider including textured tiles. Texturing is important because it makes the shower floor grippier, reducing the risk of slipping and falling. 

Tile choices here are almost endless. However, most homeowners go for small, hexagonal, tessalated tiles. These create an upmarket, luxury vibe that transforms how it feels to get into the shower. Switching up different patterns generates a designer feel that creates a focal point.