Buying a home often means adopting someone else outdated bathroom–or even worse, the poor choices they made in the previous bathroom remodeling job they did.  Since the bathroom is for sure a prominent space in the house, you may opt to do a completely new bathroom remodeling project. I strongly advise you to explore may various bathroom remodeling tips, but make sure your choices follow sound design principles and complement the rest of the Northern Virginia home. An effective bathroom remodeling or renovation will not only enhance the quality of your daily life, but also increases the value of your home.  Here are some basic things to keep in mind when planning a bathroom remodeling project,

Take Design Cues from your House

Create your dream bathroom, but definitely make sure the basic elements suit the age and style of the house itself. A contemporary vessel sink would look odd in a Victorian styled home, but a porcelain version that resembles an antique wash basin I feel would definitely complement it. If you’ve bought a 1920s bungalow, I wouldn’t recommend smothering the bathroom in imported Italian tile. Instead, I suggest using rectangular subways tiles on the walls and tiny hex tiles for the floor. I certainly believe when your bathroom remodel fits the character of the home, it won’t look dated as soon as the next trend hits, and it probably will make it more attractive to buyers when you sell.

Choose a Main Focal Point

Your bathroom needs to have a main focal point just like any other room. It’s harder in the bath, because typically necessities tend to dominate the room. I would suggest to plan the focal point while you’re planning the bathroom remodeling. To use one of the fixtures as the focal point, choose one that stands out from the rest–like a copper soaking tub or a mirrored vanity. If you’d rather keep the fixtures neutral, turn a wall of art, a sculpture on a pedestal or a beautifully draped window into the focal point.

Steal Space from a Close By

Always no matter how clever the arrangement, a small bathroom remains a small bathroom. If yours simply isn’t adequate, use some square footage from an adjoining closet or some other room. A closet would be ideal, because there’s less mess and construction, but use the room if you must. Unless the adjoining room is very small, you won’t miss that few lost square feet nearly as much as you’ll enjoy having the extra space in the bathroom.

Plan the Lighting

I suggest choosing your bathroom lighting fixtures as carefully as you’d choose a dining room chandelier. In all but the most luxurious houses, bathrooms in both older homes and spanking-new construction have notoriously poor lighting. Make sure your bathroom plan includes general, task and accent lighting. Try hanging a chandelier overhead for general light. Flank the vanity with sconces or goose-neck lamps for task lighting. Add accent lighting with up-lights, picture lights or recessed spotlights.


So that’s about it.  I can assure you that if you use these four bathroom remodeling design concept for your next Northern Virginia bathroom remodeling project, things should turn out great!


Words of wisdom from:

Chad Durbin, LEED GA | President | Total Flooring, LLC