It’s one of the most important rooms in the house, and somewhat unassumingly so. It’s such a necessity that we sometimes overlook the potential it has to also be beautiful. Over the years, it’s certainly seen an awakening in the design world and earned the attention it deserves. Bathroom remodeling is one of the most sought after renovations in the industry. Homeowners are aware that if you have an outdated bathroom, this lessens the value of a home and could deter a potential offer on a property if you’re looking to sell. Buyers are looking for bathrooms that are remodeled and up to date. 

So whether you want to remodel for your own enjoyment, or to bring up the resale value of your home, here are some trends in 2020 that are sure to be inspiring. Some are simple and appealing to a wide audience, while others a little more bold and aimed towards risk takers.

Stand Alone Tubs

We’re seeing separate and stand alone bathtubs make a comeback in modern day bathroom remodeling. They’re not only visually stunning, but luxurious in the way that they only serve one purpose – bath time. You want to shower in a hurry? Do it over there, in the shower. You want to relax and enjoy a nice soak? Come right in and get comfortable. Whether you choose an old Victorian claw foot tub, or a super sleek and modern design, a stand alone bath tub will demand appreciation in any bathroom. 

It Wood Be So Nice

Rich, warm, natural wood is making a huge splash in the bathroom remodeling. With recent trends favoring mostly modern and light, with lots of white all around, wood accents and focal points give depth and warmth to the space, keeping it from looking too sterile. It brings in a natural element that’s needed among all the tile and hardware. From vanities, built-in shelving, wall accents and more, incorporating the earthy feeling and warmth of wood is a great way to update a bathroom.

Black Beauty

If you don’t think black is on the list when it comes to bathroom color compatibility, be ready to have your mind changed. In the last several years we’ve seen a big trend with the color grey in bathrooms – grey cabinetry, tile, walls, etc. Well, we’ve seemed to take a chance on being bold, and are now going full dark mode. Black is a strikingly beautiful contrast in a space with a mixture of colors and materials. Crisp white walls with black light fixtures, sleek and solid black vanities against shiny subway tile, or a black accent wall gives a clean atmosphere a bit of an edge. Many modern home renovations will showcase the color black throughout the home in various ways.

Floating Vanities 

Modern design has a big emphasis on functionality. We’ve come up with innovative ways to save space, create it, and use it. One of these new design tricks, if you will, is a floating vanity. This is when it’s built directly into the wall, without having to stand on or touch the floor at all. It keeps the floor space open and clean looking, giving the vanity the illusion of “floating.” Many people will do this with nightstands in the bedroom as well. It’s a very common design choice in minimalist and modern design. 

A Touch of Gold

One of the biggest trends we’re seeing in bathroom remodeling design is gold fixtures and finishes. Different variations from a dusty light gold, to a shiny and bold brass tone. It works well with other current trends, such as bright and bold splashes of color, or sophisticated and muted palettes; adding the perfect pop of energy to each feel. Gold adds warmth to the space, in contrast to the usual shiny and polished chrome look, that can feel too modern and cold. 

We hope to see more new and exciting design trends soon, and will be sure to share them with you! If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel, don’t hesitate to take some chances and make a creative design choice here and there. Subtly and boldness can work very well together. 

White Kitchen

Despite if it’s a traditional, modern with sleek accents, or simple, a white kitchen will always beat the test of time. The color white in a kitchen screams light, bright, open, and timeless, thus making it a foolproof wise choice for your kitchen update or remodel. 

Relaxing Bedrooms

The bedroom design trend that won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon is… soft colors. Experts say the shifts towards delicate, calming colors creates a more tranquil environment. Soft gray color schemes are a perfect balance to match the white walls and bedding.

Black and White

Often, color trends come and go, but black and white, nevertheless stays a classic duo. This high-contrast combination generates drama in any space chosen. Transform any contractor type bathroom into a sophisticated, refined space with white tiled walls, and black porcelain floors with an elegant chandelier hanging above. 

Vintage Pieces

One design rule that’s faithful? Vintage. Pieces. In every home, a unique vintage piece will fit seamlessly into any room, even newly decorated spaces. Worn or distressed pieces created a collected, designer appearance to your space. 

Marble

This stone looks fantastic in the kitchen, bathroom, floors, and almost any other space! It’s a timeless material that won’t be going out of style anytime soon. 

Freestanding Tub

Regardless of where, or when your home was built, installing a freestanding tub screams one thing: luxury. Picture coming home from a long day at work, or a day out from being active, run the water, soak, and enjoy it for decades to come. 

Navy Blue

You can always rely on navy blue to stay classic. This vivid color remains a staple among colors that aren’t going away. So go for it, take home that navy couch or paint your accent wall blue. Next, switch out throw pillows and accessories to keep decor current. 

Built-in Wall Shelving

Storage that’s built already built in your home provides utility without additional furniture and can be a bonus selling point in the case you ever decided to put your home on the market. This extra storage space attains a warming feel of a classic in-home library while at the same time giving it a modern look of white bookshelves. 

Vivid Front Door

Curb appeal means the home is always in style. An effortless way to captivate charm is by adding a bold front door. Select a bright hue and paint it over the weekend.  

Metallics

Gold, Silver, Brass, and Copper will add shine that never goes out of style. Mingle them together with mirror pieces to reflect the shine surrounding them. 

Fireplaces

Love outdoor bonfires? Stoves and fireplaces have gone from being an essential, to nice to haves luxuries. However, the dire urge of these innovative extras show zero signs of burning out. 

Not every home renovation/remodel project needs the professional touch. Sure, the more complicated arenas of demolition and building or working with utilities is better left to the experienced. But when it comes to more mundane jobs, you’ll be fine with your two hands. Painting, for example, is one of the quickest ways to make a dramatic shift in your home without the need for a professional. If you’re in a renovation project yourself, you can save money by taking on this later step of the process. Before you get started, though, heed this advice for results that look like you shelled out the big bucks to make it happen.

Paint And The Weather
Truth be told, while it’s a relatively easy job (in the sense that literally anybody can do it) it’s an involved process that takes time, attention to detail, and steady work. You may not think the weather would affect your paint project at first, but it does. How? Drying times. Cold and humid weather extends the dry times, which extends the total time it will take to finish. If you’re working on a tight schedule, check the weather and pick a weekend that is likely to be sunny and warm. If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, it’s still manageable, but maybe don’t make any plans until it’s finished.

Tools For Success
If there’s one thing that’s going to result in success or failure, it’s having the right tools for the job. Specifically your paint, brushes, tape and rollers. These are where you want to spend your money. It isn’t so much about brand as it is quality and what’s right for your job.

The texture of your walls affect brushes and rollers. Highly textured walls need a roller with a thick nap (that’s the fluff of the roller). Too thin a nap and your paint won’t cover all the crevices of your popcorn drywall. Too thick for a smooth surface and you’re likely to end up with an uneven application and waste paint.

You want an angled brush that’s at least 2 inches wide and made of material that best suits the type of paint you’re using. The angle will allow you to reach into those corners and cut around trim and edges. Latex paint pairs best with a synthetic brush. If you’re using an oil-based paint, though, you want a natural paint brush (usually made with hog hair). Consult a team member at your local hardware/paint store for ultimate guidance.

Tape matters. You might think you can get away with the cheap brand, but taking that route can lead to bleeding and messy lines around your baseboards, the ceiling, and trim. All other tools, however (trays, liners, handles/extensions, dropcloths), don’t need to be top of the line. Save money here.

Where do you want to invest the most money? On your paint. A good quality paint (and there are plenty out there to choose from, fear not) will be the difference between a sophisticated, sleek finish, to something that looks, well… cheap.

Execution
There’s always a method to the madness. First, you always want to clear the area, properly store valuables, remove switchplates, and tape everything not being painted. You also want to clean the walls and allow them plenty of time to dry. As with anything, a clean surface is the first step to success. Dust and then wipe stains with a damp cloth (adding soap as needed; dish soaps with a degreasing agent for extra oomph). Best to do all of this prep work the night before you begin painting, so you can start fresh first thing in the morning.

Work from hard to easy. Cutting around the trim will be the most time consuming portion as it requires precision, care, and attention to detail. Always have a damp rag nearby should you accidentally spill or paint something that’s not supposed to be painted.

Because trim work is so meticulous and time consuming, always start with the edges and then fill in the blanks. If your room is particularly large or has lots of edgework, you may need to do one wall at a time. You don’t want the edges to become too dry before filling in with your roller.

After you’ve got the edges done, fill in with your roller in an “N” pattern. Applying the paint this way – as opposed to straight up and down – prevents lines and streaking, leaving you with a smooth, even coat. Wait about an hour between coats. If you’re going one wall at a time or a large room you may find that by the time you finish wall 4, wall 1 will be ready to go. You’ll know it’s time to apply the next coat when it is dry to the touch; not too dry, not too tacky. Always apply two coats.

Let your room dry overnight before restoring order to the chaos. Patience is a virtue. The last thing you want is to move furniture back in before it’s truly dry, bump a wall, and then you mess up the paint job and get paint on your lovely velvet couch. All in all, you can expect to spend a solid weekend (beginning Friday night and finishing Sunday afternoon) from start to finish on this project. It will be work, but it will be worth it. No go forth and conquer!