“When people ask us for the secret to the perfect
bathroom, we always recommend raising your shower-head,” says McDowell. “Older homes typically have low shower-heads, so raising yours will bring your bathroom into the present at very little cost.” Save: A basic shower-head can cost as little as $15 at any home improvement store. Splurge: Experts we spoke to favor Moen’s Chrome Eco-Performance Handshower Handheld Shower ( $296, shown above), since it has a wide head, but conserves water, too. 2. Tile grout Photo by RenovatePads
Grout is an important detail to decide on after choosing the perfect tile. “This is my personal design preference, but I love a bright white grout in the bathroom,” says
Lynn Schrage, bathroom design manager at Kohler. “But I also see a lot of public places choosing black grout with a lighter tile.”
Whatever your choice, make sure it blends well with your tile selection. If you have a patterned tile, select a grout that appears seamless and modern, rather than breaking up the pattern with lines of grout.
3. A toilet that isn’t just an afterthought Don’t forget to research toilets. Kohler.com
Many homeowners glaze over when it gets to the point where they select the toilet. “Maybe it’s embarrassing to discuss, because let’s face it … it’s hard to make a toilet beautiful,” says Schrage. “That being said, it’s going to see a lot of use, so make sure to choose comfort—elongated bowl, please!—and some style, meaning: not your typical oval.”
Save: A Glacier Bay high-efficiency elongated toilet costs $99. Splurge: The elongated Kohler’s Memoirs Classic ( $1,298, shown above). 4. Sink faucet Where hot meets cold HomeDepot.com
“Sink faucets are basically statement earrings for your bathroom,” says Schrage. “I love the look of a widespread—at least 8-inch—faucet.” Quite apart from appearing more contemporary, faucets that have some room around them are much easier to clean.
Save: Go for old-school style, with Vintage Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Pop-Up Drain, ( $186). Splurge: Experts we spoke to love the look of brushed gold, such as Moen’s Align Brushed Gold Two-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet ( $357). 5. Towel racks Keep towels in their place. crateandbarrel.com
You will need a place for those wet towels, and chances are, the place they hang on the wall could be a focal place in your bathroom. “Choose a towel bar that’s wide enough for at least two towels, so about 24 inches,” says Schrage.
Don’t worry if it’s not the same finish as the plumbing. “Just choose something you love, because you’ll be using it more than other accessories in your home,” she adds.
And think about the placement of towel bars and robe hooks before your remodel is complete. Towels should be accessible as you exit the shower.
Save: You can score a black steel towel rack (shown above for $70) to display rolled towels. Splurge: Pottery Barn’s Hewitt Train Rack in chrome goes for $229. 6. Vanity Add style and storage with a bathroom vanity. Wayfair.com
If you are planning a full bathroom remodel, replace your
bathroom vanity(and to clarify, a bathroom vanity isn’t what hangs on a wall, but cabinetry that holds the sink and also has storage). And while you may be tempted to refinish an existing vanity, for upfront savings, once everything else has been replaced, the vanity will feel even more outdated and be lacking storage. Save: You can snag a classic vanity with a cultured marble top for $149. Splurge: The Wynkoop 24-inch Single Bathroom Vanity Set shown above goes for $272. Source