Five Budgeting Tips for Your Bathroom Remodel

So, you want to remodel your bathroom but don’t want to break the bank? Join the club. Although the cost of a bathroom remodel varies depending on location, materials, age of the house, and what kind of renovations have already been done, a typical bathroom remodel can set homeowners back by an average of $15,000+. With that type of investment, it’s important to stick to a budget the best you can. Here are some budgeting tips to help you minimize the costs associated with a bathroom renovation.

Purchase Items Yourself

When it comes to bathroom fixtures, like bathtubs and vanities, you can save some cash by purchasing these items on your own. While it might be easier to hire someone to purchase these items for you, you can save thousands of dollars on your bathroom renovation by finding your own deals. Online retailers are a great place to start – in many cases, purchasing directly from the factory can save you up to 70 percent and includes free shipping. If you’re going for a vintage look, try estate sales, auctions, and Craigslist – you never know what treasure you’ll be able to find until you take the time to look.

Ditch the Professional Painter

Whether you’re a DIYer or not, performing some of the work yourself is a great way to save on labor. When it comes to painting, it’s a time-consuming (and expensive!) act that most people can do themselves. Once you’re in DIY mode, think about what other parts of the renovation you can do on your own: demolition, removal of popcorn ceiling, and installation of smaller fixtures often top the list of bathroom renovation projects that are suitable for even the least-experienced individuals.

Don’t Relocate Fixtures

One of the major costs in a remodel is moving fixtures. Not only does repositioning fixtures require a lot of extra materials and plumbing expertise, but it’s a time-consuming act and you’ll be shelling out extra on labor costs as a result. If you keep the same floor plan, you’ll save up to $2,000 on plumbing costs alone. Then, there’s the cost of the fixtures themselves: if that exquisite glass vessel sink is a must-have, then pick a standard no-frills toilet or tub to make up the difference. While it’s certainly acceptable to splurge, don’t splurge on everything- especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget.

Donate Your Trash

While this won’t save you money right off the bat, donating your “trash” will give you a little bit extra come tax season. Before you begin a remodeling job, invite the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove materials and fixtures for later resale. About 85 percent of a home is reusable, so you’ll save space in the landfill, collect a charitable tax credit for the donation, and help a good cause. The average cost of trashing bathroom fixtures is about $100, and the cost to donate is nothing and includes a tax deduction – so why wouldn’t you donate?

Make Decisions Early

Start walking the aisles at the hardware store or home improvement center months before you call a contractor for an estimate. This way, you’ll get a good feeling for what you want in terms of fixtures, design, and appliances. Additionally, you’ll know their cost and have an idea of what number the contractor will throw your way. If the number seems too high or low, let the contractor know. If you’re absolutely clear about what you want from the get-go, your contractor will be able to give you a better estimate and, once the demolition and remodel gets started, you’ll be able to better stay within budget.

Bathroom Design and Color Trends for 2015

In 2014, color and design trends were all about the kitchen – shelving was more open, cabinets went darker, and metallic accents could be found throughout the space. In 2015, we can expect to see major changes in the design and aesthetics of a different room in the house – the bathroom. From color schemes and tile patterns to bathtub design and plant life, there’s plenty of design trends and bathroom features to look forward to in 2015.

More Color

For bathrooms, the trend in color is more, and has been for the past few years. While you’ll still see plenty of white and neutral shades in bathrooms, there’s no time like 2015 to experiment with the color wheel. If you’re too apprehensive to paint your entire bathroom in a bold, beautiful color, try adding small doses of cheerful colors, like sunny yellow or ocean blue. Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, would look great in virtually any bathroom – the earthy tone embodies confidence and stability, is universally appealing, and works well on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

Plant Life

If you’re eager to incorporate plants in your bathroom but aren’t sure where to start, vertical gardens are the hot trend in 2015. They’re a great alternative to potted plants, and are an easy way to dress up the walls of your bathroom. An added benefit of green or living walls is the health benefit: they’ll help purify the air of toxins and are beneficial for the environment. Some potted plants need particular conditions in order to thrive, so check with your local nursery about which types of plants prefer to live in the moist, humid conditions of a bathroom before investing in a vertical garden.

Freestanding Bathtubs

According to industry experts, America’s love affair with freestanding bathtubs is here to stay. They’re a popular choice for a variety of reasons: they’re aesthetically pleasing and help set the mood for rest and relaxation. When choosing a freestanding bathtub for your space, pay attention to the design of the tub. If you want the look of a freestanding bath with the added convenience of a built-in tub (such as ledges for storing soap and shampoo), consider installing a semi-inset stand-alone bath. Experts predict this design trend will prove to be popular among homeowners in the years to come.

Bigger Showers

These days, people are looking to achieve an “open” feeling in the bathroom, especially when it comes to shower space. Walk-in showers, also known as doorless showers or no-threshold showers, have been popular in five-star hotels for decades but, in 2015, expect to see them installed more often in modern homes. Not only are these types of showers pleasing to the eye, but they add accessibility for anyone, particularly seniors, who may have a hard time stepping up and over to access their showers.

Grout as a Design Feature

In the past, grout was a mundane and essential element that pulled a bathroom together. Gradually, people are warming up to the idea of using grout as a creative feature in their bathroom. Grout can be used to show off the pattern of a how a tile is laid, and can highlight specific tile types or designs. Think of it as an update to subway tiles: a trend that took the design world by storm a few years ago. For a striking and dramatic effect, consider pairing black grout with white tiles (or vice versa), or using colored grout alongside bold geometrically shaped tiles.

Creative (and Inexpensive!) Backsplash Ideas

When you hear the words “backsplash”, the first thing that probably comes to mind is traditional tile in neutral colors. Although tile is the most popular backsplash design in America, it isn’t the end-all-be-all of backsplashes. While tile is a fine choice, why not express your individuality with a creative backsplash that’s guaranteed to be a conversation-starter among family and friends? If you’re interested in bringing some style to your bathroom, try one of these creative backsplash ideas that won’t break your budget.

Pegboard

While pegboard is definitely an out-of-the-box backsplash choice, it’s as stylish as it is functional. The pegboard can easily be painted to match the color scheme of the rest of your bathroom and provides extra storage and display space. The inexpensive pegboard panels can be purchased from any home improvement store and are easy to fasten to the walls – even a novice DIYer won’t have a problem with the task. Purchase some hooks, and you can free up valuable storage space by hanging hair dryers, curling irons, toothbrushes, or other bathroom accessories from the pegboard.

Pennies

We’ve all seen penny floors and kitchen countertops, so it was only a matter of time until they invaded bathroom backsplashes. Perfect for bathrooms with a rustic or traditional ambiance, penny backsplashes can be purchased from manufacturers and installed by professionals or can be built from the ground-up with a bit of grout, a massive penny collection, and some TLC. Although some question the legality of using federal currency for decoration, we highly doubt the U.S Department of Treasury will show up at your door over a chic and stylish penny backsplash.

Maps

Whether you’re a world-traveler or just a dreamer, express your personality by using a world map as your bathroom backsplash – I bet you can already imagine yourself daydreaming of your next vacation while you brush your teeth. The best thing about this idea is that it isn’t limited to maps: you could use wrapping paper, your favorite comic strip, magazine covers, newsprint, or whatever you prefer! For the DIYers at heart, simply cut a thin piece of plywood to the exact size of the wall, glue the paper on top, apply shellac and, when dry, attach the plywood directly to the wall.

Salvaged Wood

Vintage, reclaimed, salvaged, antique, rustic – they all mean relatively the same thing, and they’re all trending in home decor right now. Although you can easily ‘fake’ the worn wood look by purchasing distressed wood or weathering it yourself, there’s nothing quite like the real thing. To make this backsplash on your own, cut a thin piece of plywood to the exact wall size, attach the strips or pieces of salvaged wood, and screw the whole thing directly onto the wall. Using salvaged wood for your backsplash is great for cottage-style homes or a bathroom in need of a bit of texture.

Chalkboard

Whether you use a genuine chalkboard or a coat of chalkboard paint, a chalkboard backsplash is great for the walls near a vanity – write yourself notes, leave a reminder for your husband, or invite friends and family to draw a picture that’s representative of themselves. If you intend to use this idea in a child’s bathroom, why not extend the idea to the walls surround the bathtub? Your child can express their creativity (and stay occupied) during their evening baths, and you won’t have to worry about having to scrub crayon residue or permanent marker from the walls!

How to Childproof Your Bathroom

If you have a baby on the way, here’s an important statistic: drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children between the ages of 1 and 4, and it only takes a few inches of water to kill a child. Although outdoor pools are the leading threat, bathtubs are the second most common place a child can drown. Although the bathtub is a major danger zone for a child, the potential risks found in a bathroom range from accidental poisoning to electrocution. Below are the primary danger zones, along with childproofing tips for each.

Danger Zone #1: Bathtub

Once your baby outgrows their baby bathtub, they’ll be ready to take baths in a regular tub – but not before you spend some time childproofing. To prevent scalds, adjust the thermostat so your tap water is no warmer than 120°F, and test the bathwater on your wrist before putting your child into the bath. If you live in an apartment and can’t control the water temperature, you can purchase showerheads and faucets with anti-scald technologies. Never leave your child unattended during a bath, for any amount of time. If you need to answer the phone or door, take your baby with you – a drowning can occur in just one or two inches of water, and in a matter of seconds.

Danger Zone #2: Electricity

While curling irons and flat irons should be kept away from children for obvious reasons, common bathroom appliances pose more than a burn risk: they can cause fatal electrocutions. In order to avoid electrocutions, keep all appliances locked away and out of reach when not in use. As with other rooms, all exposed outlets should be covered – especially those located near the bathroom sink or tub. In order to get used to the idea of putting appliances away after use, start doing this as soon as you find out you’re pregnant – that way, putting them away will be second nature by the time your baby is born.

Danger Zone #3: Products & Medication

Did you know a child goes to the emergency room every eight minutes for medicine poisoning? If possible, you should store medications, cleaning products, and sharp bathroom-related items on a high shelf in a linen cabinet, or locked away in a cabinet with a latch. You might think keeping these items in a medicine cabinet or under the sink might do the trick, but young children are naturally curious and will find their way into these areas if there isn’t a lock. Latches designed to keep kids from accessing the contents of a cabinet are a highly effective and affordable way to provide parents with peace of mind.

Danger Zone #4: Toilets

As previously mentioned, babies and young children are curious by nature, and can easily fall into a toilet headfirst. In order to avoid accidental drownings, always keep the toilet lid down and install a toilet lock. Parents should educate all family members who use the bathroom to close the door when not in use, and to re-engage the toilet lock after each use. Additionally, you don’t want your child to use the toilet as a stepping stool to reach the sink, so keep a stool in the bathroom which your child can use to reach the sink when they wash their hands or brush their teeth.

Other Bathroom Childproofing Tips

When childproofing a bathroom, get on your hands and knees so you can view the bathroom from your child’s point of view. If towel bars can be used as handrails by a climbing child, move them to a different area. Check the laundry chute or hamper to make sure your baby can’t get trapped in it, and hide the trashcan behind a locked door. If your bathroom floor gets slippery when wet, purchase a bath mat for inside and outside the tub – just be sure to find ones that dry quickly, as mold and mildew can quickly become an issue.

Can a Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home's Value?

There’s an old saying that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, but can a complete bathroom remodel really increase the value of your home? Although it may seem too good to be true, most realtors agree that a well-planned and thoughtfully executed bathroom renovation can help boost the resale value of your home and could even decrease the amount of time it sits on the market. In fact, between 2006 and 2012, the return on an average bathroom remodel investment averaged around 62 percent – in 2014, the number hovers near 72 percent. Here’s some things to consider when renovating your bathroom.

Appeal to the Masses

If you’re remodeling your bathroom with a resale in mind, remember that your taste is your taste. Just because you think striped wallpaper and a DIY vanity will look great doesn’t mean potential buyers will agree. One rule to follow: mark your taste with objects that are easily removed, like towels, rugs, and other accessories. When it comes to permanent fixtures, like bathroom vanities or tubs, stay as neutral as possible. In doing so, the towels and rugs can easily be replaced with neutral colored alternatives during an open house and potential buyers will easily be able to picture themselves living in your space.

Stick to the Basics

When it comes to a bathroom remodel, you don’t always have to go overboard to make a lasting impression. If you’re confused about where to start or what to fix, stick with the basics. The most popular bathroom improvements include those that focused on convenience and luxury: showerheads with temperature controls and adjustable settings, bathtubs with in-line heaters, adjustable jet speeds, and foot massage jets, new filtration systems, and adding new tile if you have an outdated vinyl or linoleum floor. Sometimes all you need is a little extra oomph, especially if you’re on a strict budget.

Go Big, or Go Home

In 2014, the average bathroom remodel size was between 400 and 800 square feet, so don’t stress if your bathroom is on the smaller side! Instead of knocking down walls to add more square feet, you can create the illusion of more space with a few simple tricks. By adding large mirrors, additional lighting, or extra windows you can take advantage of natural light and make your bathroom feel more spacious. If you’re planning to undergo a major renovation, consider stealing square footage from an adjoining room or adding a completely new bathroom – it can only add to the resale value of your home.

Get Expert Advice

If you’re unsure about where to start with your bathroom renovation, make an appointment with a real estate agent. Since they interact with the home-buying public on a regular basis, they’ll have a better idea of what exactly potential home buyers are looking for in a new home. Once you decide on which particular bathroom renovations you’d like to complete, get in touch with a contractor. If you don’t know where to find a contractor, ask a friend or neighbor who has recently gone through a renovation for a recommendation or read our article on how to find the perfect contractor.

Christmas Gift Guide: Bathroom Tech & Gadgets

Everyone has at least one tech geek in their life, so why not surprise them with a tech-centric Christmas present? The gadget-obsessed spend a lot of time thinking about the living room and kitchen, but an impressive bathroom is just as important as a modern living room. Here’s some of the coolest gadgets and tech gift ideas for the techies on your Christmas list – if an American Express gift card just won’t cut it, surprise them with one of these hi-tech bathroom gadgets.

Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale

Although you should think twice about the message you’re sending before giving someone a bathroom scale, this scale is perfect for that health-conscious techie in your life. The Smart Body Analyzer scale provides high-accuracy weight and body fat measurements, and allows you to track your weight and muscle mass over time from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The scale has automatic user recognition, and can also track fat mass, heart rate, and indoor air quality. Whether they’re into running, weight loss coaching, cardio fitness, or activity or calorie tracking, the Smart Body Analyzer scale recognizes up to eight users and can sync with popular apps like My Fitness Pal and Run Keeper.

Weather Reporting Shower Mirror

If you’ve ever tried to research the weather on your phone while in the shower, you’ll understand the convenience of a mirror that delivers a current weather report while you shower. Now, whoever receives this gift won’t have to waste any time deciding what to wear – they’ll have an idea as soon as they set foot out of the shower or bath. The unit’s backlit LCD panel displays indoor/outdoor temperature, humidity levels, and a complete weather forecast. The Weather Reporting Shower Mirror includes storage space for two razors and shaving cream, and includes an alarm clock and calendar.

Squatty Potty

Although the Squatty Potty isn’t a piece of modern technology per se, this piece of equipment will redefine your gift recipient’s idea about healthy toilet posture. The product is intended to mimic the natural ‘squatting’ position which humans have used while using the restroom for millennia – until the advent of the modern toilet. In doing so, your colon is able to empty quickly and completely, without unnecessary exertion or strain. Touted by medical professionals and radio personalities alike, the Squatty Potty is one of the most health-conscious ways to use the restroom. The functional and durable product is easily hidden, affordable, and can be purchased in white or bamboo designs.

AquaNotes

Perfect for the deep-thinkers, busy moms, college students and aspiring writers in your life, the AquaNotes waterproof notepad ensures that no more great ideas go down the drain due to lack of a functional pen and paper in the shower. This convenient method of note-taking allows users to make notes during a shower or bath without having to worry about soggy paper. With AquaNotes, on-the-go families can leave notes for each other, artists can doodle while in the shower, and writers and inventors can quickly jot down any brilliant ideas that may come to them while relaxing in the tub.

Holiday Decorations for Your Bathroom

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who love the holiday season, there’s a good chance you love decorating your home with festive décor. Just because your bathroom might not be the most popular room in the house, doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a bit of attention during the holidays. Although you might not have given it any thought, there’s plenty of ways you can decorate your bathroom for the holiday season. From holiday-scented hand soaps and embroidered hand towels to Christmas wreaths and seasonal scents, here’s some easy ways you can bring a bit of holiday cheer to your guest bathroom.

Festive Hand Towels

If you’re feeling festive but don’t want dancing elves or Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer adorning your hand towels, consider purchasing solid colored towels in Christmas colors, like red and green. Similarly, many companies manufacture simple towels with only a small amount of “Christmas” displayed, such as a simple snowflake or small pictures of penguins. Depending on where you shop, you should be able to purchase an entire Christmas set, complete with matching hand towels, full-size towels, and washcloths.

Seasonal Scents

Christmas just isn’t the same without the aroma of evergreen trees or gingerbread cookies wafting in and out of the house. No matter what your favorite holiday scent may be, there’s a candle, soap, or room spray to match. Fragrance has a powerful effect on mood, so keep your guests in the holiday spirit by treating them to a delectably scented bathroom. Whether you choose to use a gingerbread scented room spray, display a pot of cinnamon potpourri, or light a Christmas tree scented candle, a seasonal scent is the perfect way to keep the holiday season alive in your bathroom.

Trim the Mirror

If you have leftover holly or greenery trimmings after decorating the rest of your house, why not save a few sprigs for your bathroom? Frame the bathroom door, medicine cabinet, or bathroom vanity with an evergreen garland, twinkling lights, holly, or miniature ornaments. While you’re at it, hide an iPod dock and speakers in one of the vanity drawers and create a playlist of your favorite Christmas tunes – because who says the Christmas party has to end every time a guest uses the restroom?

Holiday Wreaths

A wreath is more practical than flowers, which can take up valuable counter space and requires TLC. Some Christmas boutiques sell wreaths made for smaller rooms and bathrooms, so finding a perfectly-sized holiday wreath shouldn’t be an issue. Once you decide where to hang the wreath, use a small picture hook that holds a lot of weight but will only leave a tiny mark. You can take the aesthetics of your wreath a bit further by coordinating the ribbon with the rest of the bathroom’s décor, or by adding a few simple ornaments to the wreath.

Smaller Touches

If you’re short on time or cash, don’t worry – you can still include your bathroom in the fun of the holiday season. Hang a stray ornament on the doorknob, or add cheer to the countertops with a bowl of shiny ornaments or holiday potpourri. If guests are staying the night, expect them to forget something and keep the basics in stock just in case: take it a step further and purchase soaps and shampoos in favorite holiday scents your guests are sure to enjoy.

The Deadly Sins of Bathroom Renovations

When it comes to home improvement projects, renovating your bathroom can add significant value to your home – but only if done correctly. While renovating any part of your house is no easy task, kitchen and bathroom renovations tend to be the most difficult - water and electricity, when combined, are forces to be reckoned with. The main causes of botched bathroom renovations are the unwillingness to spend the time and money necessary to construct a bathroom properly, and inexperienced individuals handling the work. Here’s a list of the deadly sins of bathroom renovations you should look out for.

Improper Installation

Even if everything is installed perfectly, the bathroom is still one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. When you combine water, electricity, slippery surfaces, and breakables together in one room, it’s no wonder that the majority of home accidents happen in the bathroom. Now add an improperly installed electrical outlet or a poorly mounted mirror to the mix and you can put your safety (and life!) at risk. From putting your family at risk for electrical shocks and exposing them to mold, improperly installed bathroom fixtures can cost you. If you aren’t an accomplished DIYer, get professional assistance from an experienced contractor who can help make your bathroom beautiful and safe.

Inadequate Waterproofing

When it comes to bathroom renovations, every aspect of the planning and construction of a bathroom should take water exposure into consideration – after all, bathrooms are functional spaces first and design showcases second. If the waterproofing aspect of your bathroom renovation doesn’t account for at least 5 to 10 percent of the total cost, then someone is cutting crucial corners. Inexpensive building materials and poorly constructed shower pans can lead to major water damage down the line. Additionally, carpeting in the bathroom should be avoided at all costs – while it may have once been trendy, it’s now an easy way to invite dirt and bacteria into your bathroom.

Avoid Open Storage

While open storage might seem trendy, do you really want to put your prescriptions, ointments, acne medication, and fungal cream on open display for your guests? In a day and age where 70 percent of house guests admit to snooping through other people’s bathroom cabinets and drawers, do you really need to make it easier for guests to look through your personal toiletries? If your heart is set on open storage, consider mixing it with closed storage solutions – put hand towels, tissues, and other innocuous bathroom essentials on display and hide anything that might embarrass you in closed storage.

Bad Math

Math is important in bathroom renovations, especially since space is usually at a premium. Errors in math and projections can lead to tile-layout problems, shower stalls and toilets that don’t meet code minimums, faucet handles that collide with backsplashes, and large gaps between the toilet tank and wall, to name a few issues. If you’re renovating the bathroom yourself, check and double check your measurements; if you’d like to be extra careful, ask your spouse, roommate, or a friend to look over your measurements before using them to order bathroom renovation materials.

How to Choose Art for Your Bathroom

Choosing a piece of art for your bathroom isn’t as simple as picking something that coordinates with the rest of your bathroom décor. Since the bathroom is one of the darkest, wettest rooms in the house there are rules you must follow when selecting art for your bathroom. Not only do you need to find something that matches the rest of your decor, but it must be water resistant and made of materials that can withstand extreme levels of heat and moisture. The right materials, combined with the perfect look and style, can transform your bathroom walls from ordinary to interesting overnight.

Durability

First and foremost, the art needs to be durable in moist and humid environments. If your heart is set on hanging an art print, it’s time to start thinking about a mat and frame – they’re a necessity in the bathroom where water and steam can ruin a picture after only a few showers. Not only will the frame protect your print, but it’ll help your print look like an expensive piece of finished artwork. When it comes to choosing a frame, metal and plastic are the best choices, as they’ll need to be replaced less often than wood. The best way to choose a mat and frame is to visit a professional framing store and let the salesperson know the piece will be placed in a bathroom – they’ll know which frames are best.

Opt for Inexpensive

Inexpensive art is always an appropriate choice for the bathroom – if anything goes wrong, you’ll easily be able to afford a replacement. Limited edition prints, a poster signed by your favorite band, or anything overly sentimental should be hung elsewhere in your home. Although many pieces of art can withstand the harsh elements of a bathroom, take proactive measures and save yourself the worry. If you’re looking for a unique statement piece, check out your local antique shop and Saturday yard sales. You’re sure to find something unique and affordable for the exposed brick wall near your bathtub.

Fake It

If you like the idea of putting a “real” painting in your bathroom, there are plenty of paintings made from waterproof materials. These paintings are designed to be placed in the bathroom and are sure to withstand the heat and moisture. When it comes to waterproof wall art, it’s important to remember that the back needs to be protected as well. Mold and mildew love natural fibers that are left in damp environments, and if you only worry about waterproofing the front of a frame, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. By sealing the back of your painting, you’ll keep the entire piece protected from water vapor, heat, and steam.

Consider Vinyl

Vinyl wall stickers are a great alternative to paintings and mixed media; they’re fully-customizable and are available in hundreds of styles and color choices. From bird silhouettes to word clouds, this material allows your creativity to truly take over. Vinyl’s versatility isn’t the only thing we love about it: it’s easy to remove, won’t damage the underlying paint, tile, or wallpaper, can be cleaned with a sponge and warm water, and won’t break your budget. And, when the time comes to sell your home, you can remove the vinyl decals in a few easy steps and supply potential buyers with a clean slate to work with.

Wallpaper Ideas for Your Bathroom

Although wallpaper has been in and out of vogue throughout the years, one fact remains: it’s undeniably chic in small spaces like your bathroom. Not only can wallpaper instantly create a visually appealing aesthetic, but it can transform your bathroom from a practical room into a luxurious or quirky space – depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. Choosing a wallpaper design for your bathroom depends on the specific look and feel you’re trying to create; whether you choose a classic floral print or a funky striped pattern, here’s some tips for choosing the perfect bathroom wallpaper design.

Pay Attention to Personal Style

Transform your bathroom into your own little sanctuary by matching it with your personal style. If you’re a fierce fashionista with an eye for style, go bold with trellis wallpaper in bright colors or a bold, patterned design. Colorful wallpaper makes a bathroom exude cheerfulness and an adventurous spirit, while wallpaper in more traditional colors prevent a bathroom from coming across as being too frilly or over-the-top. When decorating a shared bathroom, allow each person to come up with a few options – hang swatches on the wall and narrow the choices down one by one.

Create Space with Prints & Patterns

Before deciding on a wallpaper pattern, evaluate the size of the space you’re going to wallpaper. Large prints and patterns and dark colors will make bathrooms appear smaller, so avoid these if you’re wallpapering a small guest bath. Alternately, if you’re interested in creating the illusion of space in a small bathroom, light wallpaper that’s textured or has small patterns can do the trick. Reflective wallpapers will bring light into bathrooms by reflecting light off their surface – if your bathroom is windowless or has small light-limiting windows, add reflective wallpaper to your list of possibilities.

The Two Ws: Water-Resistant & Washable

Have you ever been in a bathroom with visibly dirty wallpaper that was curling at the edges? In the past, wallpaper was universal – the same wallpaper you’d use in a bedroom or office would be sold for use in bathrooms. As technology advanced, wallpaper manufacturers began producing entire lines of wallpaper dedicated to overly hot and humid areas, like the kitchen and bath. Not only are these types of wallpaper resistant to heat and water, but most can easily be washed with a sponge and warm, soapy water. If you plan on wallpapering the inside of a bathtub or shower enclosure, make sure the wallpaper is marketed as fully waterproof and not water-resistant.

Create a Color Scheme

If your bathroom is adjacent to your bedroom or another room, use wallpaper to tie the two rooms together. Whether you use two wallpapers with different designs or use a similar print with slightly different colors, hanging these wallpaper designs in separate rooms can create a cohesive look. If you aren’t ready to wallpaper your whole bathroom or only have enough in your budget to invest in a few meters of ultra-luxurious wallpaper, choose one wall as your accent wall and decorate the rest of your bathroom using a similar color scheme.