Pop is a bit overused in the interior décor world, but it does a great job describing what happens when elements form a visual interest or response. This can come in the form of a yellow towel in a black and white room. Or maybe it is colorful Mexican tile for the backsplash. The fun part is you get to pick the Pop.
When you walk into a bathroom, the tub/shower, toilet, flooring and vanity all scream out for the most attention. The finishes on all of these immediately inform the visitor of the age and quality of the room. Do the finishes say the home is in disrepair? Dated? Recently updated? Or does the room scream out “Hello, it is so nice to see you!” We want that one.
It is very affordable to update the shower and especially smart if it is in the slightest degree of disrepair. Address failing issues first to curb long-range problems and create a foundation for the fun to follow. Now that you know you aren’t going to create mold or rot out the floor joists, it is time to choose the color your really want. Have you always wanted a sage green bathroom like you see at spas that encourages relaxation? Or do you want something very neutral that will allow you to constantly change other things in the room? For resale value and ease of design, neutral is a wise decision. However, expressing yourself is also important. Don’t sacrifice your dreams for resale value. Simply consider that the colors you choose for the large elements will dictate future decorating options. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact if you have always wanted a canary yellow or fuchsia toilet, because it makes you smile, then do it. You will live it—no one else.
What is happening with the flooring? Is it a tile floor that needs to be addressed? Do you want someone to come in and fix your floor, tub, and counter? Refinish First can come in and give all of these elements makeovers that make them new and in the color of your liking.
Now that the tub, toilet, flooring and counter are addressed, what remains? Lots. Do you like the vanity lights? What about the overhead light? This is a great time to make upgrades that will work with your new finishes if budget permits. If not, not to worry because refinished surfaces will be screaming “hello.”
However, if budget permits, consider shopping for lighting and faucets at the same time. This will help you choose things that will work together stylistically. If you want to make things more modern with your lighting, you probably don’t want to get more decorative with your faucets. Modern will be about simple and clean lines. However, if you love Victorian influences, this is a great time to think about the types of lights and faucets that will be attractive together.
So much is going right with this room. Have you considered repainting? If nothing else, even if it is the exact same color, it is a great time to update the paint. It freshens a room and makes cleaning easier. The walls may have been bumped from years of living and this is an ideal time to fix.
Hang in there because we are almost done. Do you need a shower curtain or do you have a door or doors that keep in the water? Shower curtains take up a lot of visual space so carefully consider what sort of color and texture you want to add to this thoughtful space. It will be more obvious than the faucet—initially. But that faucet will have its day in the sun so don’t think it isn’t important.
Last, but not least, do you have or need hand and bath towels for the room? Do you like the color? How do they look with the new finishes? Is there money left over to buy something new or do you want to put this on hold? Now or eventually, consider soaps, soap dishes, mirror, towel and cabinet hardware, door handle set and electrical switches—all interesting elements that will reflect your design and color preferences.
Once the biggest parts are addressed, namely the counter, floor and tub finishes, scream out “nailed it” or “made it pop” and walk through the house with a smile. Enjoy your new bathroom!