When remodeling a bathroom, it’s important to think about larger fixtures like vanities, sinks, tubs, showers and toilets, but accessories are just as important and in some ways even more of an eye catcher.
The market is saturated with accessories of all types, shapes and sizes. It can be confusing, not to mention expensive, to travel down the “rabbit hole” of bathroom accessories, but by keeping a few things in mind you can keep the process moving in the right direction.
Identify Your Use
What’s the purpose of the room? Is this a guest bathroom or the bathroom you’ll be using every day? Is it going to be used more by adults, children, or both? Will someone with special needs be utilizing the bathroom? Are you going to be selling this house soon or is this your forever home?
A guest bathroom or powder room might be a place you can create a little more pizzazz. If there’s a showerhead or sink faucet you find appealing but it looks less convenient to use, your guests might appreciate the visual appeal as well as the fact they won’t have to use it every day!
However, if you or your family are going to be doing their daily routines in this bathroom, you’ll want to select faucets and showerheads that direct water right where it needs to go in a useful amount. If this is a kids’ bathroom, you’ll definitely want accessories that are easy to use, easy to clean, and hard to break! Older adults or those with special needs might need a grab bar or two to make their routines safer, faster and easier.
If this is the bathroom you’ll be using for as far into the future as you can see, then by all means make it the bathroom of your dreams. Consider the routines you have and maybe some you’d like to start. Put up that wacky wallpaper that tickles your fancy, alternate tiles in primary colors, and get that tub faucet that’s shaped like a swan! But if you think you’ll be selling the home soon, the real estate market tends to appreciate light, neutral colors and simple yet elegant accessories.
Identify Your Needs
To avoid getting carried away in the variety of accessories available, start by making a list of what you really need before you shop. If you’re starting from scratch you’ll need everything from drains to faucets, towel racks to showerheads. If some of your accessories are in good shape, you might want to consider reusing them.
Every household is different, and your bathroom should reflect the way your household uses that space. Is the shower used by multiple people? You might want a couple shelves or even a large niche to accommodate a variety of soaps and hair products, brushes and lufas, pumice stones and shavers, maybe even a waterproof radio. If your current bathing area incorporates carriers hanging from the showerhead or plastic suction cups, your remodel will be a great opportunity to find more attractive and permanent space for these items that will ultimately make your bathroom feel much less cluttered.
Identify Your Theme
Picking a theme is an important step to accessorizing your bathroom. If you’re really into the idea of a bronze-colored showerhead, you probably want the sink faucets to match. If you want to have separate hot & cold faucets for your sink, maybe you want the same for your shower. Is there a bathtub in the room? The faucet for the bathtub might be the best thing to select first, since it may be the first thing people notice, and everything else can be selected to match that.
Home Forever Baths Can Help
At Home Forever Baths, our professional installers have over 100 years of combined experience in the field. We are an authorized dealer of gorgeous, quality Kohler accessories including faucets, shower heads, shelves and grab bars. In most cases, we can install a new shower or tub (including walk-in tubs) in one or two days.
We offer free consultations and a lifetime limited warranty because we know we can create the last bathroom you’ll ever need, so contact us today to see what we can do to meet your bathroom remodeling needs.