Bathroom remodels whether simple or extensive add value to your home. Here are some ideas to be wary of when redefining your bathroom decor.
When planning your bathroom remodel, it’s important to choose decor that fits within your budget and tastes — and to steer away from any materials, colors and accessories you’ll regret. Don’t learn the hard way; keep these six elements out of your plans:
Wallpaper may work in your living room, but it’s not ideal for bathrooms. The high steam causes the wallpaper to peel quickly – often after just a few years. In fact, many designers use steam to strip wallpaper because it will remove the paper without harming the wall itself. Avoid wallpapering the bathroom, unless you’re remodeling a half or three-quarter bath without a shower.
2. Laminate flooring
While laminate flooring is affordable and easy to install, it’s best reserved for living rooms and bedrooms. Should water find its way in between laminate planks, the floor will expand, peel and swell.
Tile and bamboo are much better alternatives for bathroom flooring, and there are a numbers of affordable, eco-friendly options as well. If you want that wood grain look that laminate is famous for, vinyl tile and wood-grain ceramic tile are both viable options.
3. Slippery tile and stone
Ceramic, porcelain and stone can get slippery, especially when they’re polished. While you may not be at risk of injury with porcelain countertops, you should be extra careful if you install bathtubs or showers made of stone. Make sure that all of your bathroom flooring and fixtures are certified to meet slip-resistance standards.
Carpet is not a good choice for the bathroom. Mold and mildew can build up quickly in carpet as a result of retained moisture. The Center for Disease Control specifically advises against carpet in the bathroom because of its high mold risk. Washable bath mats and area rugs are a better choice.
5. Bright colors
When painting your bathroom, avoid colors such as bright yellow, pink and blue. Lean towards more neutral colors; they’re calming and they make it easier to select linens as well.
6. Improperly-sized accessories.
Accessories can make or break a bathroom. Shelves and cabinetry work when they’re the right size and color. But the wrong sizes and colors will detract from the design. Also choose your faucets and mirrors carefully; these can affect the appearance of your sink and impact the feeling of the size of the room.
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