The latest design trends have moved from function to style. Homeowners want the fixtures in their bathrooms to be a conversation point when friends come over. Whether you’re planning on making just a few small upgrades or a major bath renovation, these 4 simple ideas can help you realize your bathroom’s full potential packed with style.
1. Add style and save water
Installing a new faucet is a simple way to improve the visual appeal of your bathroom while conserving water. According to the EPA, faucets account for 15 percent of indoor home water use – that’s more than 1 trillion gallons of water in the U.S. each year. Selecting a WaterSense-certified faucet from a reputable faucet manufacturer, such as Kohler, will reduce water flow by 30 percent or more without sacrificing performance. Kohler Faucets have been recognized as an EPA Watersense leader.
2. Lighting up the bath
One way to stretch your dollars is by updating the vanity lighting in your bathroom. Your bathroom lighting is crucial to how well it functions and how great it looks, so you can really maximize the benefits of upgrading the lighting in this space. Use these simple tips when installing: Install a bath fixture that is at least 24” wide directly over your mirror and approximately 75”-80” above the floor. If you want additional task lighting and ambiance, go for wall sconces on either side of the mirror, at least 28” apart and 60” above the floor. Not only will this layer the light, but really add pop to the overall design.
3. Switch out your showerhead
Replacing your old and inefficient showerhead is one of the easiest things to upgrade. They are relatively inexpensive, and can save you hundreds of dollars in water bills over time. This is where you get the most bang for your buck. Water-saving showerheads use the latest technologies to save water while actually improving your showering experience. The Kohler Flipside™ showerhead is a great upgrade because it offers four distinct showering patterns in one showerhead. The Kohler Hydrorail™ allows you to simplify your shower upgrade by converting your existing fixed showerhead to a luxurious spa-like shower with handshower option.
4. Bathroom Vanities
The single largest change in bathroom remodeling has revolved around the bathroom cabinets and counter top. You used to have to install a cabinet and nail it to the wall. Then custom cut the countertop and splash wall along with cutting out the hole for the bathroom sink. Then you had to caulk the sink evenly. The majority of the cost was in the installation process with multiple contractors. This can now be one piece of furniture called a bathroom vanity. It can be removed and installed without any demolition. Just like furniture you can easily change it out when styles change. Many vanities come with integrated sinks, counter top options and even faucets.
Bathroom upgrades continue to prove their worth with a strong return on investment. They will also provide that aesthetic satisfaction and style for the next few years while you stay in your existing home. Even small upgrades and enhancements can make a huge difference.