9 Luxe Bathroom Improvements for Your Next Remodel
If you’re considering a bathroom a remodel, think about adding some of these popular luxury features. Although a small investment is necessary, the reward will be well worth it.
Frameless Glass Shower
While a glass shower door adds a lavish aesthetic to any bathroom, looks are not the only reason for installing one. Curbless varieties — those that don’t have a lip to step over when entering the shower — are also an ideal option for elderly family members or anyone with mobility issues. Whether it’s for safety reasons or looks, consider upgrading to a walk-in shower.
Floating vanities open up the space between the bottom of the vanity and the floor, bringing an airy feel to a room. They can range from very simple — a plank of wood with a vessel sink — to more complex — double sinks and storage drawers. Decide on upgrading your bathroom with a floating vanity early on in your remodeling plans to be certain it’s a good option for your layout.
Did you know that your bathroom can be outfitted with music? Since music can play a strong role in affecting mood, it seems like incorporating your favorite tunes into this rejuvenating space is a no-brainer. Adding music can be as easy as sticking a smart speaker on a shelf or as involved as investing in and installing a state-of-the-art sound system. Either way, the benefits are great. If you go the sound system route, be sure to place two speakers on opposite ends of the room to achieve the best sound quality.
Get that spa experience without leaving the comfort of your own home by installing a shower that also serves as a steam shower. To prepare your shower for steam, it will need a door that seals tightly all the way around. A vapor barrier should also be installed on the wall framing and ceiling so that moisture doesn’t reach joists and studs and cause wood rot. Incorporate a steam generator outside the shower. This device uses a 220-volt electric heating element to heat water from your water system. Ask a steam-generator supplier for help in deciding what size you need.
The bathroom is a great candidate for glamour, and nothing says glamour like a chandelier. Quick and easy, hanging an attractive fixture above the bathtub allows you to enjoy it while you soak. Or hang it close to a window so light can be reflected all over the room. For chandeliers with crystal details, consider switching out your current vanity knobs with matching faux crystal versions to give your bathroom a cohesive look.
Is there anything more luxurious than warm floors underfoot on a bitter cold day? Treat yourself to a radiant-heat system installed under your bathroom floor. This type of system is especially effective paired with flooring made from materials known to be cold, such as stone or ceramic tiles. Keep in mind, however, that a new floor system may not be the best project for those on a tight budget. If that’s the case, consider incorporating a soft, cozy area rug instead.
Heated Towel Bar
Along the same lines, installing heated bars from which to hang your towels is another cozy bathroom upgrade to think about. Just imagine: You step out of the bath or shower and into a warm cocoon of terry cloth. Luxury at its finest. But once again, an electric towel bar may not be the best option for those on a budget. Instead, hang a regular towel bar on the shower wall opposite the showerhead so that your towels will be warmed by the steam from the shower.
Glamorous Tile Accents
An easy and affordable upgrade, incorporating tile beyond the floor can add sparkle and glamour to your bathroom. For example, use glass mosaic tiles above your vanity for a stunning backsplash, or go for a maximalist look by tiling the walls. Colored tiles can make a stunning accent wall without cracking open a paint can.
Increase the comfort level of any bathroom by adding in a comfy chair or ottoman. It can be purely utilitarian — for sitting down and toweling off — or serve as a spot for kicking back and relaxing. Another option is to position a cushioned bench underneath a window for a warm, cozy little oasis. Don’t be afraid to pile on the pillows. If your bathroom has a walk-in shower, be sure to put a seat in there as well.