The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel Checklist

Once you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, you might experience a rush of emotions: excited, anxious and — especially in the beginning — overwhelmed. When you’re investing your time and money into a big project, you want to make sure you’re covering all of your bases.

To help you feel more prepared to tackle your bathroom remodel, we’ve created the ultimate checklist of details to consider. We’ve gone beyond the big changes you’ve probably already thought of to include all of the smaller, everyday particulars. By taking the time to consider these important features, you can ensure your finished bathroom is a cohesive, well-designed space you can enjoy for years to come.

  • Lighting: Fluorescent lighting, a common building-grade staple, can give your bathroom a washed out, “blue” feeling — and it might literally be draining your energy. Instead, you can use your remodeled lighting to create ambiance through task or reflective lighting using LED or halogen bulbs that will give your bathroom a more natural, flattering feel.
  • Clean-ability: Cleaning a bathroom is no one’s favorite activity, but the changes you make in your remodel can set you up for a more pleasant scrubbing experience. Consider spot resistant faucets and resilient countertops that are easy to wipe up, such as quartz.
  • Safety: Think carefully about how your bathroom will function for both younger and older users. Well-placed grab bars can blend seamlessly with your design and make entering and exiting the shower a much safer experience for all. Similarly, you may want to consider including a built-in bench in your new shower — which can add extra convenience as well as safety.
  • Easy Fixes: While it’s natural to fixate on the bigger changes you want to make — like that big garden tub you’re dying to put in — sometimes the smallest, most affordable changes can have the biggest impact on how your space feels. Adding a frame to your existing bathroom mirror, switching out cabinet hardware or selecting a new shower curtain can all make a big difference.
  • Warmth: A relatively simple and often overlooked remodeling update, the warmth of your bathroom can significantly enhance the user experience. By adding in-floor heating, radiant wall tiles or a towel warmer, your new bathroom will start to feel like a luxurious spa.

Just remember: regardless of all the stress and planning, it’ll all be worth it when you step into your fully remodeled bathroom for the first time.

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5 Fun and Unique Bathroom Decorating Ideas for Kids

Whether struggling through potty training, battling bath time or trying to convince your little one to brush their teeth, the bathroom can often be a source of stress for kids — and their parents. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way! In fact, by consciously making a few fun décor choices, you can turn your child’s bathroom into a playful spot where they’ll love to spend time.

Here are our five best ideas for kid-friendly bathroom design:

Incorporate a personalized step stool
Children love to feel like they can do it themselves. A personalized step stool they can easily maneuver can provide bathroom freedom and independence that makes certain sink-reaching tasks more pleasant for everyone involved. Look for a fun color scheme, customize with your child’s name or find a stool that features their favorite character for extra motivation.

Embrace whimsical lighting
With the right lighting, your child’s bathroom can easily turn into a fun, adventurous oasis. String funky lights around the ceiling, swap out your old light fixture for something colorful or incorporate an easy-on lantern they can operate themselves for a spooky and exploratory feel.

Go big on color
Nothing says “this is a place for kids” more than bright, bold color choices. While wall paint and shower curtains are obvious choices, don’t be afraid to utilize color in less expected places — like in floor tiles or even cabinet finish.

Make the boring more fun
Every day items like a bathmat, toothbrush holder or soap pump don’t have to be uninspired. These days, you can find fun bathroom trinkets featuring just about any favorite animal, character or theme your child likes. Better yet? Let them choose so they feel involved in the decorating process.

Utilize mirror decals
Dress up your bathroom mirror with easy to peel off stickers or decals for a touch of personality that is adaptable as your child’s interests change. One month they may want rocket ships and space decals; they next month they might be all about unicorns and rainbows. Keep it fresh and fun to create a bathroom atmosphere that can reflect their every mood.

After all, who ever said a bathroom couldn’t be whimsical? With these decorating ideas, you can give your children the bathroom of their wildest dreams.

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