5 Tips To Follow When Renovating An Outdated Bathroom

Brad Smith
Written By Brad Smith

Renovating a bathroom is no easy feat and you want to be sure that you get the best return for your efforts. Whether you are moving into a new home and want to put your stamp on your new space or you are tired of your current bathroom decor, every now and then our bathroom spaces need to be transformed. Bathrooms are unique in that their functionality comes into play just as much, or perhaps even more, than the aesthetic of the space. It’s important to strike the right balance between form and functionality when you are refreshing your old bathroom so you end up with a beautiful but usable space. 

5 tips to follow when renovating an outdated bathroom

For many homeowners, the big question with bathroom renovations is simply knowing where to begin. With so much to consider, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, putting the project on hold for much longer than necessary. Seek some inspiration be it online, in magazines or in showrooms and start visualising what you want to achieve with your bathroom redesign. There is so much choice when it comes to everything from wall shower sets to vanity mirrors, bathtubs, sinks, hardware, colour choices and so much more that it is important to do your research. Once you have a clear picture of the finished product, you can start building a roadmap to get you there or at least to a version of it that you will be happy with. Sacrifices and compromises may be required along the way but with the right approach, there’s no reason you can’t update your bathroom successfully to have a space you can truly be proud of. 

Let’s take a look at some useful tips that will help to guide you to a successful bathroom renovation. 

Put A Plan In Place 

Before you do anything, it’s crucial that you have a plan and a budget in place to keep you on track as things progress. Create a timeline for the project with key milestones highlighted. Clearly define a budget for the work and draw up plans of what you want your new bathroom to look like. Be sure to allow for unforeseen delays and expenses in your plans as things can go wrong but with a plan in place from the outset, you can be confident that you will be off to a good start. 

Consider Your Plumbing

When you are doing any home improvement project, it’s easy to get hung up on the aesthetics of the finished result. In the bathroom, in particular, there are a lot more functional elements to take into consideration, one of the most important being the plumbing. An outdated bathroom might have old plumbing that should be tested and checked if you are going to keep it. Replacing all of the plumbing can be expensive so if you are on a budget be sure to keep as much of the original plumbing as possible if it is in good condition. 

Upgrade Hardware 

Small details such as cabinet handles, knobs, taps, towel rails and other bathroom hardware can make a big difference in both the look and feel of your space. Replacing outdated fittings can be a great way to bring a new lease of life to your space. This is a great opportunity to let your creativity and personality show so make sure that you choose something that you really like. 

Fresh Coat Of Paint

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to freshen up any room in your home is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Nothing brightens up a room and makes it feel new again quite like painting it. There are countless different colours and colour combinations that you can choose from depending on your style and taste. Take the time to look at some blogs or visit some showrooms to get your creative juices flowing. Looking at different colour options, finishes and styles, you will quickly start to understand the look you are going for and then choose an appropriate paint colour. 

Consult A Professional 

For many people, the idea of a DIY renovation sounds appealing but coming up with a design does not sound like their idea of fun. Consulting with a professional interior designer is a great way to ensure that you come up with a design approach that you believe in. Depending on your budget, there is a range of interior design services that you can use to help get your design ideas on track. While this is likely your first bathroom redesign project, it’s important to remember that the average interior designer may have completed more than a hundred renovations. Their experience will be invaluable in you achieving your design goals. 

Ensure Your Bathroom Renovations Are A Success

Taking on a bathroom renovation project can be daunting but with the right approach, there’s no reason that your redesign can’t be everything you imagined it to be. Follow the tips outlined above and you can ensure that your next bathroom renovation project has every chance of being a huge success.

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Written by Brad Smith

CEO & Lead Interior Designer

Brad Smith is an experienced interior designer and the founder of OmniHomeIdeas.com. With a Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a passion for creating safe and healthy living spaces, Brad shares his expert insights and innovative design ideas with our readers. His work is driven by the belief that home is where every story begins.