A new bathroom can be a great investment in your home if done correctly. But debating whether to replace a bathroom vanity or install new lighting fixtures can make the exciting prospect of a new bathroom extremely stressful. Here we break down the different parts of a bathroom remodel to give you direction on where to splurge and where to save.
Bathroom Vanities: Splurge
If you’re going to replace a bathroom vanity, do it right. This piece of furniture could remain in good condition for decades if you purchase a quality piece. Don’t hesitate to spend on well-crafted bathroom vanities.
Flooring is not something you should compromise on — especially in a bathroom where water damage is more common. Choose a material you can trust and make sure it is installed properly. That being said, you don’t have to go all out on the luxury ceramic tile. Today’s vinyl options look like the real thing and are very durable.
When decorating your bathroom, don’t spend too much money on odds and ends. There are plenty of discount stores that have beautiful décor at a fraction of the price, and the truth is, you’ll get sick of the colors or want a change sooner than you think. Since you’ll be swapping out your décor every few years or so, it’s better not to spend a lot of money on these short-lived accessories.
If you choose to replace a bathroom vanity with a better quality piece, you know it will be around for a long time. Whenever you feel the need to freshen things up, hardware is an easy replacement that will enhance the look of your vanity. Willow Lane Cabinetry has a great selection of beautiful and affordable hardware to accent your new vanity now — and later when you’re ready for a change.
From water-saving dual-flush toilets to heated seats, today’s toilets come with much better features and are worth spending a little extra money on. There’s no need to go all out on an ultra fancy model (some varieties can cost thousands of dollars) but splurging on a few functional features will be worth the upgrade.
When it comes to your shower system and faucets, there’s no reason to spend a ton of money. You’ll find a wide range of prices, but there are plenty of quality options that are reasonable and look great. Definitely skip on the luxury bathroom fixtures and seek a nice looking design from a well known brand.
The lighting in your bathroom will make or break the design, so you definitely want to add layers that will properly illuminate the room. Every bathroom should have ambient lighting that replaces natural light when the sun goes down. Task lighting is also important for providing extra light where you need it most. Think sconces on the sides of your vanity mirror and recessed lighting over your tub or shower.
While this guide should help you through your decision-making process, there’s one rule that trumps all: spend the most on the things that matter most. Let’s say a big bathtub is all you care about. You should budget for that first. Go with the basic toilet so that you can splurge on the tub with the extra leg room. In the end, it’s all about priorities and creating the bathroom that will suit your life best.
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