A Guide on How to Renovate Your Bathroom

Renovating a bathroom can be a little unnerving – and understandably so. Despite being one of the most important parts of a house, bathrooms are usually ignored when it comes to home remodelling or renovation projects until one has to deal with a leaking pipe, broken tiles or mould infestation. One of the main reasons why a lot of people hesitate to renovate a bathroom is because working around the existing layout and pipework can be rather challenging. On the other hand, ripping everything out and starting anew can be really expensive and would definitely require hiring a professional.

However, if you want your space to be hyper-functional and practical yet serene and luxurious, we have put together a list of things you can do to achieve a modern and luxe bathroom.

HOW TO RENOVATE A BATHROOM AND MAKE IT LOOK BRAND NEW

Who doesn’t want to make their bathroom look and feel like a spa?

Regardless of whether you are dealing with a small space or a large one, the way you renovate or remodel a bathroom can make a ton of difference.

Here are a few tips on how to renovate a bathroom that can instantly upgrade your space.

  • Tiling the bathroom floor
  • Upgrading the bathroom walls
  • Installing a new sink and fixtures
  • Improving the lighting
  • Paying attention to accessories

Depending on your budget, you can opt to make all or some of these alterations. Though even if you decide to go with a single one of these tips, the result will be almost instantaneous.

Let’s discuss each of these bathroom renovation strategies in detail.

TILING THE BATHROOM FLOOR

How to redo your bathroom floor
Installing new floor tiles can immediately make your old bathroom look new

The condition of the floor is perhaps the first thing people notice when entering a bathroom. Not only does it require constant cleaning and attention, but you also need to make sure there aren’t any cracks or chips that need to be dealt with and if the tiles have begun to look dull and faded.

Therefore, the first step to renovate a bathroom is to upgrade its flooring.

If you are wondering how to redo a bathroom floor, you first need to figure out what kind of tile would be the most suitable for your project. Usually, homeowners prefer porcelain, ceramic tiles, though vinyl tiles have also been gaining popularity. All of these tiles are rather affordable and resistant to water absorption.

Moreover, you don’t need to spend extra bucks by hiring an expert for this job. Tiling a bathroom floor is easier than you would expect – as long as you thoroughly follow the instructions.

How to Install Bathroom Tiles
Steps to install bathroom tiles

For further guidance, check out our detailed blogs on how to tile a bathroom floor as well as rates and types of different floor tiles in Pakistan.

UPGRADING THE BATHROOM WALLS

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Semi-gloss paint finishes are the best option for bathroom walls

Just like the floor, bathroom walls need to be tough, durable and moisture-proof as well.

Now, depending on your personal preference and style, you can either go for full or half-tiled bathroom walls.

In the first option, the walls are covered with tiles from floor to ceiling. If you choose bigger tiles in lighter hues, this bathroom renovation idea can actually make the room look spacious because the presence of numerous tiles will allow the light to bounce and create the illusion of a bigger space.

However, this can be costly and if you are renovating a bathroom all by yourself, this project can take quite some time to complete.

On the other hand, half-tiled bathroom walls are considered a more modern approach. In this scenario, tiles are only installed up to half of a wall’s height while the rest of the surface is painted. Apart from being a cheaper and less time-consuming alternative, renovating a bathroom with half tiled walls is easier as you can simply use a fresh coat of paint to upgrade its entire look. It is also one of the most popular bathroom designs in Pakistan.

Please note that since bathrooms are humid, you need to choose a paint that is water-repellent and durable against mildew. Usually, semi-gloss paint finishes are considered ideal for bathrooms as they are easy to clean and resistant to moisture.

You can read more about the different types of paint finishes here.

INSTALLING A NEW SINK AND FIXTURES 

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A vessel sink set atop a luxurious wooden countertop

While a new floor and upgraded walls can instantly make your bathroom look brand new, replacing your old sink with a modern design can also have a dramatic impact on your overall interior décor.

Some of the most popular styles of sinks in Pakistan include pedestal sinks, vanity sinks, rimmed sinks, vessel sinks and hanging sinks.

Pedestal sinks are the freestanding sinks you usually see in restrooms. They are popular because they don’t take up a lot of space and are considerably cheaper. Meanwhile, vanity sinks are relatively expensive and take up a lot more space, though they also provide you with additional storage space and make your bathroom look luxurious and elegant. Vanity sinks are usually built into granite or marble countertops with cabinets and shelves installed underneath to store your shower and cleaning supplies.

Furthermore, rimmed sinks are installed into the countertops from above. They are called rimmed because their rims lie above the surface. Vessel sinks are placed above the countertop, whereas hanging sinks are wall-mounted and can make your bathroom decor look rather expensive.

Similarly, the fixtures you choose while renovating a bathroom can also have a huge effect on its décor. However, whether you choose to install polished brass taps and faucets or go with the modern chromes ones, make sure to invest in high-quality fixtures for a flawless look.

IMPROVING THE LIGHTING CHOICES

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Strategically placed lights can make your bathroom look more spacious

Your lighting choices can have a huge impact on the ambience of your home. While homeowners tend to pay extra attention to the lighting in the living room and drawing room, bathrooms often get ignored.

If you are planning to renovate a bathroom, you should consider upgrading the light fixtures as well. It is not only important to enhance its functionality but also for its aesthetics. Also, well-lit rooms tend to look bigger. Therefore, one should say goodbye to old-fashioned fluorescent tube lights and instead install ceiling lamps, wall sconces and pendant lights to make the space look lavish.

In case you have a bigger bathroom, you can even consider installing a small for lighting and ambience. You can also add a few mirror lights while remodelling your bathroom. Most bathroom designs in Pakistan incorporate task and accent lighting to make the decor look more appealing.

The type of light bulbs you use also has an effect on the ambience and atmosphere of a room. For example, if you want a warm light in yellowish hues, incandescent light bulbs are your best option. Meanwhile, halogen lights are used for wall sconces and pendant lights.

You can take a look at our guide on the best lighting choices for each room to learn more about the topic.

PAYING ATTENTION TO ACCESSORIES

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Correctly placed accessories can enhance the entire look of your bathroom

When it comes to redesigning a bathroom, buying and installing bathroom accessories are usually the last item on people’s to-do list. More often than not, homeowners don’t pay much attention to the shape, colour and quality of items such as towel bars, wall hangers, toothbrush holders and soap dispensers. Although there are no set guidelines for the correct placement of accessories, there are some recommendations that you can follow to make your bathroom look luxurious and well-planned.

For instance, towel bars should ideally be installed about 45 to 48 inches above the bathroom floor, while the centre of a bathroom mirror should be at your eye level. The ideal height of medicine cabinets is approximately 50 to 55 inches above the floor. Bathroom accessories such as toothbrush holders and soap dish/dispensers must be placed right next to the sink, about 48 to 55 inches above the floor, whereas wall hangers can be installed behind the door about 60 inches above the ground.

Of course, these measurements must be adjusted as per your convenience for a more cohesive and personalized space.

If you are planning to renovate a bathroom, here are some smart remodelling ideas that can really help you. On the other hand, if you are in the middle of constructing a house, here are some common bathroom design mistakes you must avoid at all costs.

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Salam! I am an i-National Marketeer, Business Developer & Realtor Pakistan with a great career history of 19 years. Having lived, studied and worked in multiple countries, I am multi-lingual and I welcome you to my website.

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