Bathroom Home Improvement Classics

by Jane VanOsdol on October 6, 2011

With so many materials to choose from when it comes time to remodel your bathroom, how can you ever make a final decision? Well, of course your budget and the style you are trying to evoke both come into play. But let’s take a look at some tried-and-true choices that you can’t go wrong with for your next bath remodel.

Flooring

Tile is a popular choice for bathroom flooring. You may decide on ceramic tile, always available in a host of colors for your floor. Or you can choose a smart hex or penny-round tile for your floor. Hex or penny-round is just right for a bathroom remodel when you’re dealing with a historical remodel, but it also is a classic look for a modern remodel too.

Another choice for bathroom flooring that makes sense is laminate or engineered wood flooring. Both of these options are safe to use in a bathroom, where high humidity is a given.  Laminates have improved immensely since they were introduced to the home improvement market in Europe in the early 80s.  Engineered wood is even sturdy enough for a basement bathroom and can be used without worries.

Walls

There’s nothing like a new coat of paint to brighten up a bathroom. Whether you choose a soothing neutral or decide to fill the room with color, fresh paint will help transform the room. Be sure you choose eggshell, satin or semi-gloss for the humid environment of the bathroom and for ease of cleanup.

Another bathroom wall choice that manages to be both historical and modern at the same time is paintable beadboard paneling. White beadboard installed around the lower half of the bathroom walls is always a fresh look.

If you’ll have a tub or shower surround in your bathroom, then once again you’ll probably want to consider tile. Glass tile, subway tile, or stone tile are all  beautiful surround choices. Your budget will most likely be the main consideration here. Natural stone tends to be the priciest of the three.

When it comes time to choose your countertop for the bathroom, granite and marble are both winners in the classic category. If these are too pricey, a vessel sink or pedestal sink is a stylish option with a more budget-friendly price tag.

Choosing from some of the tried-and-true bathroom materials and fixtures can help take the guess work out of your next bathroom remodeling project.

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