Whether you’re planning a major bathroom overhaul or are looking to upgrade with a mini-makeover, make sure your project goes without a hitch! Don’t jeopardize your timeline or your budget – bathroom redesign projects can take a wrong turn if you don’t put the proper amount of planning and foresight into them. From layouts to design choices that maximize your budget and overall style, learn more about the things to consider when planning your dream bathroom.

1. Choose a Layout

Take into consideration the shape and size of your bathroom, as well as the placement of plumbing drains, water lines, and vent stacks, before you choose a layout for your redesign. A one-wall layout (pictured), which lines up the sink, toilet, and shower along one wall, can be somewhat limiting but is also the most cost-effective design. Other design options include two- and three-wall layouts.

2. Design a Spa-like Shower

Design your dream bathroom for a spa oasis at home. Floor-to-ceiling tile is perfect for shower surrounds and adds beautiful appeal and durable function. From stone mosaics (pictured) and colorful glass tiles to marble wall designs and beyond, the options are limitless to express your style! Opt for glass doors that showcase your shower design. Plan on a variety of showerheads for the ultimate spa-like experience – mix overhead sprays, handheld showerheads and body jets for the perfect water massage.

3. Cool Cabinetry Designs

From contemporary to traditional and every style in between, cabinetry adds function to bathrooms and helps make your design statement. Options for cabinetry include single- and double-sink vanities, wall-mounted cabinets (pictured) and storage hutches. From stock layouts to semi-custom options, choose a cabinet design (including materials, finish, and accessories) that fits your budget and your vision.

4. Waterproof Flooring 

Choose flooring for your bathroom design that is durable, water-proof, and also beautiful! Stone and ceramic tiles are a great choice – make sure to select tiles with a slip-resistant finish and seal all grout for easy maintenance. If tile doesn’t fit your budget, there are numerous waterproof flooring options that are low-cost and great looking. Waterproof laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tile come in a variety of wood and stone-look options. 

5. Love Your Lighting

No bathroom design is complete without the right lighting. When it comes to bathroom lighting, make sure your mirror gets attention. Wall-mount eye-level lighting on each side of the mirror with an additional light above to eliminate shadows around your face. For lighting up the rest of the space, choose ceiling-mounted fixtures or opt for pendant or chandelier lights that add style. Finally, draw extra attention to architectural details with accent lighting.

6. Don’t Forget About the Sink

Want a design that makes for easy cleanup? Opt for an undermount bathroom sink or an integral bathroom sink/countertop design. Farmhouse-style and ceramic bucket sinks are popular choices. If you’re looking for a more economical option, or simply want to upgrade your sink without replacing your whole countertop, instead opt for a self-rimming bathroom sink. 

Inspired by these bathroom designs and ready to liven up your bath? Our in-store designers at National are here to help customers plan and make the best design choices for their budget and needs.

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