Bathrooms can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetic of your home. Many people have outdated bathrooms because of the common misconceptions surrounding the ease and cost of remodeling a bathroom. One quick way to spruce your bathroom up without a full remodel is to reconsider your color scheme.
It can be hard to determine a good color because typically the bathroom receives the least amount of natural light in the home. It is important to get samples and paint cards to test the color before applying it to the walls. The exact colors you see in photos or magazines can be a good option to use as samples because this is generally how they will actually look under the hue of artificial light. Even colors that seem neutral can have vibrant undertones, so it’s important to test your paint cards and look at it them different times of the day before deciding.
You can pick your colors based on a variety of factors. Think about what look you are going for- is it tranquil and serene? Bold and colorful? Trendy and stylish? You want to pick something that will last over a long period of time as you don’t want to have to repaint any time soon. Soft and neutral colors like light gray and sage greens will provide a relaxing and spa-like feel, and you can also pair neutrals with pops of other colors through accessories and decorations. With neutrals, you can change these accent colors out whenever you want as opposed to repainting the whole powder room. Whites and creams give bathrooms a very clean, high-end feel and pair well with marbles and white trim. Bright colors like blues, greens, and oranges, provide a punch of color and personality to a smaller space and can be toned down with white and neutral accents.
You also want to choose samples that match things in the room that you will not be remodeling, for instance, the flooring. For a cohesive feel throughout the whole powder room, it’s important to make sure all of the colors flow and there’s consistency throughout the theme of the powder room, with the colors, the flooring, the tub, the vanity, and countertops. Your powder room will look more complete and high end if it all flows together, and paints can be a great way to tie it all together.
Although when you walk into a home improvement store there are always a variety of wall colors to choose from, another important decision you need to make is type is what type of paint to use. One of the best paint options is semi-gloss. The texture gives it a shiny and sealed finish. This is ideal for bathrooms as it repels moisture and will prevent mold and mildew from developing. Typically all paints at the glossier end of the spectrum will resist mold and mildew well.
Repainting your bathroom is a great way to get a fresh new look. It’s an inexpensive way to update your space if you’re not ready for a full remodel. If you have questions about paint colors or remodeling your bathroom in general, give Columbus Bath Design a call today.
Your bathroom can be a source of comfort in your home. It is a great place to sit down for a long, hot soak at the end of a long day. To keep the calming and inviting vibe of your bathroom, it is important to find the perfect lighting scheme. Fortunately, today’s homeowners have more options than ever before when it comes to turning any bathroom into a light-filled retreat. A few simple steps are all it takes to create an elegant and modern space:
One of the best ways to brighten up the bath is by painting it. Paint is easy to use and easy to apply. Think about warm and sunny colors. Shades of yellow and peach are a good choice in a room with less light. Neutral shades like white and grey are always a good choice as well. White is easy to keep clean and exudes light. Make sure to choose paint that is easy to wipe clean. Good choices are high gloss and flat types of paint as they will add additional light.
Natural light is ideal whenever possible. If you have a window in the room, consider the use of frosted glass for privacy that still allows in light. As the sun goes down, artificial lighting is essential. Look for lighting that has a soft and warm feel. A single overhead feature is a good choice. This can be supplemented with other forms of lighting. A lit vanity is a useful thing to help occupants with morning rituals such as putting on makeup and attending to their hair.
Another area to think about are the right kind of accessories. Accessories offer yet more opportunity to bring in light. Use mirrors to add additional color and make the room seem bigger. Other surfaces can also be mirrored as well. Think about using a garbage pail in the room along with large metal cabinet fixtures. A set of shiny metal shelving is an ideal option that allows for practical storage. Keep stored linens and shower curtains to lighter colors such as white or pastel shades for an even brighter feel.
Flooring is another area that can be used bring in more light. Marble flooring is easy to clean and comes in shades of warm white and brown. Marble can also be used for the sink and the shower and bath area. Tiles are another excellent bath flooring choice. Tiles will not be harmed by water or humidity. Consider using tiles in shades of white or lighter colors along the floor and along the walls. Add personality with the use of a custom-made mosaic.
Overall, careful consideration of your bath decor scheme can yield pleasingly warm results. The experts at Columbus Bath Design can help perfect your lighting scheme and more. Contact us today to make your dream bathroom a reality.
A small bathroom presents special challenges when it comes to storage. You need to find a place for small things like toilet paper, makeup, and razors while offering enough room for towels and other bulky items. Fortunately, with a few simple organizational tricks, you can find ways to fit those items into even the smallest bathrooms.
Place a shelf right above the sink. You have a few items that you use at least once a day. Things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, razors, tweezers, etc. A small shelf above the sink and below the mirror is a perfect place to store these commonly used items.
Add a cabinet or shelves above the toilet. If there is one space that you need to use in a bathroom, it is the area above the toilet. Half the wall from the top of the toilet to the ceiling is available for a cabinet, open shelves, or towel racks.
Replace a mirror with one that has shelves included. A few decades ago, medicine cabinets were standard in most homes. These sturdy mirrors had shelves behind a mirrored door. Now, many homes have flat mirrors. The good news is that you can replace these flat mirrors with modern stylish ones that include the shelving.
Use spice racks and hanging baskets. The wall space around your sink and tub is ideal for storing smaller items, so they are handy to find, but not cluttering the sink or tub surround. Spice racks and hanging baskets allow you to maximize your vertical storage and keep your space organized.
Put hooks on the wall. Another way to maximize your vertical storage is with hooks. Towels, brushes, robes, and bags are just a few things you can hang off a hook. With removable plastic hooks available, no surface is off limits for these handy items.
Don’t forget the back of the door. Walk into your bathroom and close the door. Look at the back of the door. There is a major blank slate available there. Hooks, racks and hanging baskets will give you the stockpile space you need.
Use the area above the door. If you look up above your bathroom door, you will see a dead space, perfect for storing extra towels and toilet paper. A simple open shelf is easy to install and will get things up and out of the way. You can go as plain or as fancy as you want with the shelf and hardware choice.
Maximize your under sink cache. If you have a sink cabinet, you need to ensure you are using all the space available. Plastic drawers and adjustable shelves can give you precious space for seldom-used items that you still need to access on occasion.
These simple organization ideas will help you maximize your bathroom potential. If your small bathroom just still isn’t doing the trick, the experts at Columbus Bath Design can help you remodel a brand new bathroom. Give us a call today!
Spring cleaning usually involves clearing closets, cabinets, and storage areas on unwanted clutter. We wash windows, refinish floors, and prep the windows and doors for warm weather. What about the bathroom? Some bathrooms have no windows, which means mold and mildew growing over the long winter. Because of this, it is important to deep clean bathrooms as well!
Just working with a can of scrubbing bubbles and a sponge might not cut it. Here are the supplies we recommend you pick up for this endeavor:
Many bathrooms have wooden cabinets. To dust and clean them, mix in a small jar one half cup lemon juice to two cups olive or coconut oil. Shake until well mixed, then dust your wood cabinets. It’s a natural alternative to cleaning chemicals and will make the wood glow.
Some people mix dish liquid with vinegar and water to wash glass and mirrors. However, the dish liquid isn’t really necessary. Lemon juice or vinegar and water will clean most everything.
Close the glass shower door after you’ve turned on the hot water. Allow the steam to build up, and then shut the shower off. On the glass shower walls, apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off. Spray with water. Wipe down with microfiber cloths to prevent mildew.
Close the shower door again with hot water running for steam. Use either the Seventh Generation cleaners or a mixture of vinegar, lemon, and water. Apply the cleaner to the tile walls and floors, then close the door. In a few minutes, shut off the shower. With a Swiffer or a microfiber mop, remove the moisture from the ceiling.
Wipe off the tile walls and floors. If not all dirt was removed from the grout, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. If it still won’t come clean, then a professional formula should be applied.
Now the windows, mirrors, walls and floors are clean, it’s time to deep clean the sink and toilet. One of the best tips we’ve seen for cleaning the toilet and sink is to sprinkle in baking soda. After a few minutes, pour in vinegar. It will sizzle and bubble. When it’s finished bubbling, rinse it. It will shine like new!
Next you’ll need plastic sandwich baggies and rubber bands. In the baggie, mix vinegar, baking soda, and water. Wrap the faucets and shower head with the baggie. Let them sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, remove them and wipe them down. Your faucets and shower head will shine!
These simple tips and tricks should be all the cleaning you need to make your bathroom shine like new. If your bathroom needs more than just a little freshening up this spring season, give Columbus Bath Design a call to get started on your dream bathroom!
While you make time for de-cluttering, cleaning and storing winter clothes, welcome spring by sprucing up your bathroom, too! With new décor, colors, and creativity, a dull area becomes a dazzling paradise. Take a peek at our tips below to get a fresh spring look in your bathroom!
Nothing says springtime like bright colors. Get rid of black, white, brown, gray, beige, navy blue, and neutral shades and aim for colorful bath decor. Mint, yellow, red, pink, green, and purple shades are great standout colors to incorporate into the room. If changing the wall color to be brighter is too much for you, however, use bright pops of color in the vanity, artwork, or vases to get the same feel.
Designs and knickknacks add personality to any room. Stripes, shapes, and patterns on towels, shower curtains, window curtains, bathroom accessory sets, mirrors, and artwork enhance that personality. Embrace the shape of the decorative piece (likely a square or rectangle) in multiple areas to create balance in the space. Quirky accent pieces such as artwork, sculptures, or trinkets tell a story through their detailed designs.
Flowers, plants, and beach pieces will give a spa-like, natural element of the area. It makes the room feel fresh, intimate, and special. Flowers in vases, potted plants, seashells, and conch shells are examples of different natural elements to add to your space. Accessories made of brick, stone, or wood work well also. You could even add a reclaimed wood wall or shelves to give some texture to the room.
It’s impossible to have too much storage space in bathrooms. When shelving is too full to store unused items, portable storage space may be your solution. Portable storage items make bath items easy to access while being stylish. Baskets, bath storage racks, shower caddies, and countertop organizers are great storage options. Larger rooms can add small bath cabinets, over the toilet storage, and ladder shelves for more space.
A mirror is a staple in bathrooms for enlarging the room, so updating the mirror with a new frame will make it pop. If you have only space for small mirrors, we recommend adding multiple to create symmetry. You could even replace one large mirror with two smaller ones to enlarge the space and allow for more creativity. Pair mirrors with sunlight and new lighting fixtures, and the mirror-light combo will illuminate the space.
Let light brighten the area through natural and indoor light. You may even want to replace darker shades or curtains with white or see-through ones if you can. Adding bright, new light fixtures help a space appear brighter and refreshed as well. That could even become a fun spring DIY project – painting old light fixtures to give them a new look!
As you can see, paint jobs and renovation overhauls aren’t necessary to turn bathrooms from drab to fab. Swapping home decor to and from the area will have a major impact on the appearance and vibe without spending thousands to achieve a similar result. Even if Ohio’s weather isn’t ready to welcome spring gracefully, welcome it in the bathroom using accessories.
If you’re looking to give your bathroom a complete or partial update besides fresh paint and accessories, contact us today to get started!
When it comes to the priority of home improvement projects, the bathroom runs a pretty close second to the kitchen, and there is a plurality of reasons behind why homeowners choose to take on a bathroom remodel. It could be to modernize an outdated design, make it more energy efficient, or just make it their own. A remodeled bathroom not only adds to the aesthetics of your home but also to its resale value. Renovating your bathroom can add upwards of $10,000 to your home’s resale value, making it a great long-term investment.
Aside from increasing the resale value and improving aesthetics, many homeowners are also seeking ways to improve energy efficiency in their homes. In doing so, they are also beautifying their space, essentially killing two birds with one stone.
Many homeowners have turned to energy-saving lighting fixtures to effectively and efficiently light this space in their homes. We recommend investing in high-efficiency LED lighting instead of using traditional bulbs. Another change you can make is turning to energy-saving fans for ventilation purposes. These fans are not only quieter but are also far more efficient than average fans, saving you money.
So, other than lighting, what are some of the more common upgrades? Well, believe it or not, it’s countertops; the highly sought-after granite and quartz countertops commonly used in kitchens are becoming a must-have for today’s modern bathroom. Also, when it comes to flooring, as well as walls, many homeowners are choosing porcelain, with many citing the material’s aesthetics as the basis for their choice.
Bathrooms that are designed with practical usage in mind are becoming more common as well. For example, many people are taking built-in bathtubs out to create a combo bathtub/shower wet room, that is handicap accessible. Creating more storage space by adding shelves, cupboards, baskets, and more is becoming common, too. This can increase a home’s resale value by catering to many different types of buyers and making the bathroom easy to use.
Once you’ve decided on the type of upgrades you would like to make; your next step will be to choose a quality contractor. As with any home improvement project, you will want to find a licensed contractor and have a discussion about labor cost, material cost, and timeframe for completion. Finding a high-quality contractor or service provider can save you money by doing everything right the first time and ensuring your improvements last for years.
As with any major home improvement project, you’re encouraged to get a written estimate and do some comparison shopping to get the best deal possible. Your home is your biggest investment, and you will want to get the most out of your remodeling dollars.
We are committed to giving our clients amazing service and high quality products at an affordable price. Call us today to get started on your next project and increase your home’s value!
Trying to surprise your mom is a tough proposition–especially when you’re looking at a remodeling project. You know that she’ll be quickly frustrated by a half-done room that’s difficult or impossible to use, so surprising her while she’s away is one of the most effective ways to get that remodeling project taken care of. If you’re planning a one-day remodeling project, however, make sure that you’re appropriately prepared for the process.
Step One: Create a Plan
If you’re going to finish your remodeling project in a day, you need to know exactly what you want to do. Work closely with your contractor as you discuss details like color scheme, how much remodeling you really need to do, and other key attributes of the project. The better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be able to complete your project effectively.
Step Two: Let Your Contractor Evaluate the Space
There’s nothing worse than diving in with a project that’s supposed to take a single day, only to find significant problems with your home that will lead to more difficulty. Bring your contractor in when Mom’s not home and let them take a look at the space. They may be able to predict issues like mold behind the walls, uneven surfaces, or tile problems before they start the project, allowing you to assess whether or not you can really complete that project in a day.
Step Three: Prioritize
When you’re working on a remodeling project, things often fail to go exactly according to plan. Those tiles you just had to have for the bathroom walls will fail to stick, or the vanity will come apart as you’re trying to take it out, or you’ll discover that an unexpectedly wet day makes it take twice as long as usual for the paint to dry. By creating a priority list, you’ll be able to decide what pieces of the project can wait until another day if you need to finish up fast.
Step Four: Prepare
In order to truly remodel a space in a single day, you need to be prepared. All of the items you need should be purchased ahead of time, from new mirrors to towel bars. The last thing you need to do is spend your day running back and forth to your local store. Make sure that you’ve chosen materials that work well together and that will effectively fit into your space in order to streamline the remodeling process.
Step Five: Stick With It
A one-day remodeling project is not the time to decide that you want to turn your original ideas upside down. Instead, make sure that you’re willing to live with your original plan–and more importantly, that Mom will be! Last-minute changes can extend the time necessary to complete the project, leaving you with a half-finished room when Mom gets home.
Choosing the right contractor is critical to ensuring a smooth remodeling project, especially if you want to do it in a single day. Carefully preparing and letting the contractor know what you’re doing, however, will ensure a smooth process that will result in a great surprise when Mom comes home.
Many homeowners would love to get a quality bathroom remodel, but the cost of the project can be a major deterrent. Product costs, labor costs, and the inconvenience of having your bathroom out of commission for days at a time can traditionally add up to an expensive final bill. With Columbus Bath Design, that’s not the case.
While some remodeling companies deserve their reputation for producing horror stories, Columbus Bath Design is different. We help our clients achieve the bathroom of their dreams for the most affordable price possible. Here’s how:
The first thing you need to do to get an affordable bathroom remodel is figure out exactly how much you want to spend. Reputable bathroom re-modelers will always ask what your budget looks like up front, but some prefer to leave you swaying in the wind. This way, they can charge you for all sorts of things without you realizing it, leaving you responsible for a hefty bill.
Some people believe that price is an indication of quality and choose an expensive option to ensure quality parts and labor, but this is not necessarily the case. Our staff experts strive to give you the quality you deserve at a price you can afford, allowing you to get all of the features you need to make your dream bathroom a reality.
Once you know how much you can spend, you can start piecing together exactly what you want to have done. Start with your necessities or the things that you absolutely must have in the bathroom remodel to be worth it for you. This includes essentials such as a functioning sink if your current one drips, but it can also include any extras you have your heart set on. For example, if you really, really want a seashell-themed decor, go ahead and label it a necessity.
Filling out the rest of the space can be a little trickier. Our experts will be happy to discuss options with you to make the process a little less intimidating. We offer an incredible selection of furnishings that cater to every budget and taste, and we won’t try to sell you something out of your price range.
Skipping this step is probably the best way to turn your remodel into a disaster. If no plan’s in place, you’ll end up choosing items randomly without regard to price or even cohesiveness. The result is generally an expensive mess.
Finally, professional installation ensures that your project stays on time and on budget. Attempting the work yourself is likely to go awry, at which point you’ll need to pay an expert more to fix it than you would have to get them to handle it in the first place.
At Columbus Bath Design, we offer one-day installations for many of our customers. This keeps your labor costs to a minimum while simultaneously ensuring that your budget and plan are followed to the letter.
The three tips above can help you remodel your bathroom for an affordable price. Contact us today to learn more!
Bathtubs are much more than just a place to get clean; they provide different things to different people. For example, they provide a meditative reprieve, a soothing reward, and a truly personal experience. Bathtub manufacturers understand their remarkable appeal and as such, they have created a range of features, shapes, and styles to satisfy any budget, taste and bathroom size.
Bathtubs have personalities. The free-standing tub and clawfoot type will confidently occupy a preferred position inside the bathroom. The walk-in tub, drop-in, Alcove and other varieties are typically integrated into the overall design scheme and nestled against walls. Below we will explore a few of the types of spaces that can benefit from a walk-in tub, freestanding tub, shower and tub and a jacuzzi.
A walk-in tub provides a great solution for individuals with compromised mobility. This type of tub has a low-step entry threshold that is only a few inches high, which makes getting in and out of the tub quite easy. It enables you to literally walk right in and sit right down.
In addition, there are individuals who use scooters, walkers or wheelchairs; therefore having a safety walk-in tub can provide be an excellent method of keeping the task of taking a bath as enjoyable and as simple as possible. There are others who have trouble getting over the high edge of traditional bathtubs and are concerned about falling.
Another feature of a walk-in tub that is often overlooked is that they also easily operate as a sit-down or stand up shower. A faucet set that has an extendable shower head will make the transition seamless.
A free-standing tub helps in giving the bathroom a spacious and airy look and feel and serves as a fantastic focal point as well. Adding a free-standing tub to your space will transform it from average to extraordinary. There are a number of design choices, which makes it easier to find one that suits the character of your home and reflects your design preference. For a bathroom that stands out from among the rest, you can consider a free-standing tub.
Homes that have just one full bathroom benefit the most from having a shower and tub combination installed. This style is quite versatile and is especially remarkable for those with space and budget constraints. Installing a one-piece combination takes up less space and is typically less expensive than putting in separate fixtures. Therefore, if you have a limited budget and limited room space, the shower and tub combination might be the best option for you.
A Jacuzzi tub is much more than a luxurious bathroom or outdoor accessory. Sitting in a Jacuzzi has a number of physical and mental benefits. For example, this type of bathtub is great for assisting individuals with osteoporosis as it produces buoyancy that can help in increasing strength and mobility. You can also perform light exercises underwater to benefit your health. It is also a great place to relax and relieve stress.
If you’re interested in having a new bathtub or type of bathtub installed in your home, contact us today. We can also discuss the possibility of a full bathroom remodel (which we can complete in as little as one day!)
Tax season is upon us and what better investment to spend your tax refund on than a one-day bathroom remodel? Other than the kitchen and living rooms, your bathroom is where you spent the majority of the time in your home. It is where you bathe, where you get ready for bed, and often where people try to relax for a few moments in the tub or shower.
Homeowners often find run into the issue of budgeting or saving for a home improvement project. This is why tax season is the perfect time to remodel your bathroom.
Although you aren’t really adding square footage to your home, an extensive bathroom remodel can add a lot of perceived value to your home. Upgrading flooring, countertops, bathroom fixtures, and aesthetics is a phenomenal way to create a whole new environment in your home.
If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, it’s a great idea to remodel your bathroom. Upgraded fixtures will definitely attract buyer interest. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home for people especially if you have some nice upgrades. It can really help sell the home.
If your bathroom has not seen an update in a while, it’s the perfect time to use your tax money to make your bathroom fixtures more energy efficient. Energy star rated toilets, faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures can help you save money on your water consumption.
This is especially true for folks that have large families. If you are using hundreds of gallons of water on a daily basis, those savings can really add up when you have modern day fixtures. You can also take the opportunity to upgrade light fixtures, switches, outlets, and other electrical components in your bathroom.
Perhaps the best reason to spend that refund on a bathroom remodel is to get something fresh and new in your life. Often we forget about how drab our current bathroom has become that we don’t even think about how outdated or in need of attention it is.
Doing a complete remodel can help give you a fresh start and make it so you actually want to spend time in your bathroom. Spice things up with a new shower door or make things brighter with new colors or modern cabinetry. A remodel is a chance to remake something exactly as you would like it to be.
One-day bathroom remodeling projects are a fantastic way to go because you can get everything you want in a new bathroom without having to endure weeks of living in a construction zone. Just because it is done in one day does not mean the work is sub-par or that you are getting an inferior service. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free in-home estimate.