5 Things to Consider When Planning a Bathroom Remodel

How to Plan a Bathroom MakeoverSo you're planning a bathroom remodel, eh? Then you know there's an endless parade of considerations: water-proofing and tiling and fixtures. There's also the stuff you don't even remember to think about: the lighting and shelving and perfectly coordinated accessories. Since I happen to be making over a bathroom myself, I thought I'd share the things I'm learning along the way to help guide you through the process. Here are my top five considerations right now.

1. Look for Inspiration Outside the Loo. I'm openly fangirling over a certain Scandinavian style—alluringly old-world and sort of austere—but most of the rooms that best exemplify the vibe are kitchens. Cabinets, check. Sink fittings, yup. Tile, you know it. If the elements translate you can pull ideas from anywhere. Just look how I came up with the look for my bedroom. 

2. Don't Forget the Nitty Gritty. Toilet shopping. Glamorous it is not, but there are a lot of styles and functions to consider. Do you want something wall mounted? You may have to open up the wall for any little fix. Dual flush? Eco-friendly options are pretty ubiquitous now, but fancy features can add some zeros.

3. I Want to See You Be Brave. Bathrooms are generally small and often private, so if you've always wanted to sheathe a room in flamboyant wallpaper or paint a contrasting ceiling color, this is the spot to go for it. I'm obsessed with the chalky powder blue in the Danish kitchen above and plan to coat my every wall, cabinet, and window frame.

4. Within Reason. That said, as in any room with plumbing in play, bathrooms can be pricey to renovate, so go nuts on things that are easily and inexpensively switched up, like wall colors, accessories, and soft goods. I, begrudgingly at first, chose timeless chrome finishes for sink and shower fittings over trendy brass. (But rumor has it, they're about to be IT.)

5. Don't Be Afraid to Mix Metals. Both of my inspiration images combine all sorts of finishes. In addition to chrome sink and shower fittings, my mood board includes oil rubbed bronze bin pulls and either white enamel or mixed industrial-inspired lighting. 

Clockwise from top left: Copenhagen kitchen by Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri; Orbit sconce by Schoolhouse Electric; Cup pull by Liberty Hardware; Herringbone mosaic tile by Waterworks; Susan Greenleaf's San Francisco kitchen; Buxton Blue paint by Benjamin Moore; Carrara Venato beveled honed marble subway tile from The Builder Depot; Purist wall mount faucet by Kohler; Gustavian Blue paint by Ralph Lauren; Factory Modern No. 6 Sconce by Schoolhouse Electric

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