Though you might not want or even use a bath tub, every home should have one to appease buyers who dream of a spa tub or those with young children (or dogs!). Take advantage of the shower/tub area to define zones in the room and create an accent wall by changing up the tile you use. You'll want to select a tile that has a water absorption rating of less than 3% (lower than what's recommended for the floors) and has good traction (a coefficient of friction that's greater than or equal to .60). If you're debating between an open or closed shower take a look at our pros and cons to help make your decision. If you can't afford a full gut-job then redecorating is one way to breath new life into the space without spending a fortune. There are many easy bathroom decorating ideas you can implement, from changing the hardware on your cabinetry to a new coat of paint. Colors and textures that might look ostentatious in other rooms in your home are fine in the bathroom, such as dark hues like burgundy or wild prints and patterns.
His and her sinks. What they are: you'd have two sinks in one bathroom (and the sink style could vary--they could be vessels, drop-ins, undermount, etc). The sinks could be part of the same vanity, as in the picture below from one of our bath renovations. Or you could have separate vanities and separate sinks. See the picture below (again, another one of our bathroom renovations). Benefits: No more fighting for tooth-brushing time (etc.), which works well for couples and households where a bunch of kids share a bathroom. From a design aesthetic, two sinks also add interesting symmetry to a room. Farmhouse sinks. What they are: Picture a sink with an exposed front, one that juts out over the edge. These sinks tend to be extra deep and are typically used in kitchens, rather than the bath, although we've seen some cool farmhouse sinks in kids' bathrooms (the sinks are big enough for bathing babies and toddlers). Check out some pictures on Houzz here. Benefits: They give a room a charming, rustic flair...and they provide plenty of room (again, perfect for kitchens with lots of dishes to wash).
If you're not sure you can afford an entirely new bathroom, there are ways to give your existing one a fresh new look on a budget and without replacing the sanitary ware (the toilet, bath, sink and shower). First, you'll need to do a thorough clean. If the grouting is mouldy, try using a specialist cleaning product, available from supermarkets and DIY stores. If that doesn't work, buy an anti-mould grout-reviving pen, which you can get in black or white depending on the colour of your grouting. If you choose to redo the grouting altogether, use a sealer that will help prevent staining and mould growth in the future. To help prevent the mould coming back, try to leave the bathroom window open after showering or, if there isn't a window, install an extractor fan and leave the door open when you leave the room. If you are lucky enough to have a cast-iron bath but the ceramic covering has started to crack, consider buying a resurfacing kit or hiring someone to do a professional job for you, rather than replacing it. When you come to sell your home, buyers tend to rate period features.
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