A clean, well-planned, and spa-like bathroom retreat is every homeowner’s dream. But creating it can often be a challenge. With all the water, humidity, harsh lighting, and tight corners, it’s important to plan your design and materials carefully, choosing products and finishes that can withstand the test of time.
So if you plan on giving your bathroom a facelift, here are 5 materials that you’ll want to avoid, and what to use instead:
- If steam is used to strip wallpaper off walls, should you really be using it in a bathroom? Unless it’s a powder room, half bath, or a seldom used guest bath, stick to paint. If you really want to add a pop to those painted walls, try stencils.
- Laminate Flooring. Laminate has come a long way and has become a beautiful and affordable flooring option. But even laminate manufacturers advise against installing it in high moisture areas where water can seep between the planks and cause them to expand and peel. If stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile is not in the budget, take a look at sheet vinyl. It’s eco-friendly, budget-friendly, fairly easy to install, and comes in a wide range of design options.
- High-Gloss Tile. Whether ceramic, porcelain, or stone, the more polished and shiny the tile, the more slippery when wet. Look for tile that has some texture in it, or choose smaller tiles that require more grout lines to help prevent slips and falls.
- Carpet. It might seem like a no-brainer, but believe it or not, some homeowners are still choosing to install carpeting in their bathrooms and powder rooms. While it’s soft and warm under your feet, it can also be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria. Opt for a fluffy bath mat instead that you can wash regularly.
- Yellow-Toned Paint. If you’re working with a smaller bathroom and heavily rely on artificial light, you might want to skip colors that contain yellow – even neutrals. While light and cheery, yellow can feel harsh in a bathroom where the mirror magnifies the color on the walls. Look for colors with hints of blue or green, or keep it crisp and white for a spa-like feel.
If you’re planning or just starting a bathroom remodeling project, contact Plumbtastic today not just all the plumbing help you’ll need, but for some fresh ideas on how to save money, save energy, and still add greater convenience into your family’s lifestyle.