Here we are again with another in our ‘before and after’ series. This time we are focussing on bathroom remodelling projects.
A great bathroom should be a sanctuary in your home. It should be a relaxing space where you can literally wash or soak away the stresses of the day – but so many of our bathrooms are far from this ideal.
From bottles of shampoo precariously balanced on the edge of the bath, to soggy towels and mouldy shower curtains – our bathrooms are cluttered, dark and damp. Its time we gave them the love they deserve, by restoring the ‘wow factor’ to our washing areas.
Look no further for that all-important inspiration for your bathroom remodel project. Here are 10 of our favourite, easy to copy, bathroom remodels that would look good in any home.
1. From Plastic to Fantastic
This is a pretty classic scene – the good old 1970s plastic bathroom suite.
While this particular example is in a tasteful hummus brown, yours might well be periwinkle blue, baby pink or – everybody’s favourite- classic avocado. Hopefully you also have the matching toilet seat and wash-basin to complete the look…
Do not despair.
As this project clearly shows, your bathroom can easily be brought back to life.
Here they have opted for a vintage ‘roll-top’ bath with an inexpensive shower curtain. The new floor tiles are simple and stylish, and by running the tiles under the freestanding bath, the room immediately feels larger and more spacious.
I also really like the polished brass shower and taps. Most new tapware, even the shiny chrome stuff, is brass underneath and many manufacturers are now offering this much classier finish for a comparable price. In my opinion it is definitely worth the investment.
2. Time to Ask the Panel
What was it with pink bathrooms?!
It is amazing the difference a block of colour like this can have on the feel of a space.
The owners of this DIY bathroom remodel have simply replaced the gaudy tiles with classic, horizontal wood panelling. Neutral colours and lots of white for the floor and wall tiles, as well as the new vanity unit add a crisp and clean feel to the room (rather than pink and pokey!)
As yet another alternative to boring old chrome, this bathroom also uses matt black tap and shower fittings – which I think look really sharp. They have taken the time to find matching black door handles, wall lights and loo-roll holder to complete the look.
3. The Gold Standard
This bathroom is bright.. and just a little bit bonkers.
For those of you with loft conversions, this will be a familiar scenario. How to fit a proper bathroom in a space beneath the roof pitch?
Well the owners of this project have had to make some sacrifices for sure (I’m pretty sure even I would struggle to stand under that shower!). The resulting space is, however, very bright and playful with a touch of luxury.
I am not usually a fan of wallpaper, least of all in wet areas, but the small areas in this bathroom do add life and a certain character to the space. Couple that with the brass fittings and the floor to ceiling tiling and I think the result is very successful.
4. A Small but Smart Shower Room
This project is a good example of how to make the most of a small space.
The main change in this compact shower room in NYC is the removal of the wall between the shower and the rest of the room. Replacing the wall with a frameless glass shower screen really opens the space up and makes it feel much brighter – as do the simple white floor to ceiling tiles.
Storage is a premium in all bathrooms, especially small ones. Lifting it up off the floor like this, as well as adding wall mounted mirrored cupboards, are two great design tricks to add to your scrapbook.
The more floor your eyes can see, the larger the room feels and adding mirrors to the wall has the effect of expanding your perception of the space by reflecting the space beyond it.
5. For Crimes Against Wallpaper
This bathroom had it all – carpet on the floor, net curtains, and that rose pattern wallpaper complete with matching bath. Far from being a relaxing oasis, this bathroom must have felt like an assault on the senses!
The resulting transformation could not feel more different, but if you look closely it is amazing what a lick of paint can do.
I particularly like the use of colour and contrast in this project. Painting the walls a fresh white colour and replacing the carpet with practical white vinyl, has allowed the owners to add bright primary colours in the form of the painted bath, vanity and artwork.
6. Steal Space Where You Can
This bathroom is a case-study in borrowing space.
Luckily, the owners of this project were able to incorporate a section of adjacent roof space to almost double the floor area, while opening up the ceiling to create a better sense of volume.
For me, however, their greatest trick was increasing the size of the window. Framing a view out of the window to the trees beyond, draws the landscape into the room and establishes a greater connection between inside and out.
The use of semi-industrial light fittings and ‘his-and-hers’ shower heads are also interesting features of this remodel.
7. Small & Stripey
Another bathroom, another bold colour scheme.
The dark green here is just too much, especially in a room this small. Large blocks of colour like this effectively absorb light, making the room feel even more dark and dingy than it really is.
Again, adding a large, frameless mirror immediately doubles the sense of space. The banded, black and white striped tiles and pendent light fittings add character and style without being too dominant or shouting for attention.
8. Bringing the Daylight In
Ok, there were a lot of different patterns vying for your attention in this 1950s bathroom (what are those tiles?!), but the main problem was the solid shower enclosure blocking out the light from the window. Also, the bath behind the door and the bulky shower made for an odd layout with a really cramped feel.
Rearranging the bathroom elements, so that the bath in under the window, has an immediate impact. Also, combining a walk-in shower next to the bath is a clever use of space that reduces the amount of circulation area.
The resulting bathroom feels light, bright and relaxing despite being functionally and spatially much more efficient.
9. Bathroom Blues
Maybe it is just me… but I actually quite like the blue 1960s bath and matching tiles in this one. It is pretty full on though and the rest of the bathroom was in a pretty bad state.
This is a good example, as with the kitchen remodels discussed previously, of simply replacing the fittings and finishes, while keeping the plumbing and electrics in roughly the same location. This is a great way to save money on your remodelling project, where labour and tradesmen are often your greatest expense.
This bathroom remodel is much calmer and serene than the 1960s original, and the owners have been able to use the money saved on labour to invest in good quality, new and vintage fixtures and fittings.
10. Sometimes it Pays to Save
As usual, I like to save a slightly different one for last on the list.
This one is a kind of a hybrid.
Remodelling a bathroom is not just about ripping out the old stuff and putting white tiles everywhere. As with all design projects, you should first take stock of what you already have, establishing what is working and what is not.
The bathroom in this 1940s house contained some attractive original blue tiles, but coupled with the dark blue walls and some pretty poor lighting, the room felt small and dark.
The owners wanted to keep the vintage feel of the bathroom so the tiles remained. By adding a coat of white paint and a modern vanity unit, the two styles are able to sit comfortably side by side, whilst retaining the original character and charm.
Thanks for checking our Bathroom Remodel post! If you have any questions then just pop them into the comments section below.
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Mark is an Architect with over 15 years experience in the construction industry. He has also taught Architectural Design at a number of prestigious universities around the globe.