My time tested way to selecting items for a bathroom remodel

 The steps you need for your bathroom remodel

Throughout the many years that I have been in the design and flooring industry, I've helped many homeowners with their bathroom remodel projects. Now, some go smoothly, but others? Unfortunately, I have witnessed many homeowners begin their remodel with a rough start. This comes not from bad contractors or poor design materials - it comes from not really knowing where to start.

You may be thinking, "Why does that even matter? Can't I just start by picking something and build off of it?" Well, the truth is... NO! Not if you want to make this as simple as possible, that is. (But if you just prefer to take the long, hard road, go ahead haphazardly choosing items for your project. Then I bid you farewell and many happy wishes on your journey!)

However, if you're like most of us, you would LOVE to find an easier way to make your remodel happen. Well, you're in luck - I have the time-tested steps to selecting your items for your bathroom remodel that will make your project super simple and guess what? I'm sharing them with you.

Bathroom Remodel Step #1 Do Some Homework

Take a look around at some bathrooms to get a feel for what you really like and don't like. Try looking through pictures for ideas of styles, colors, patterns, and what type of mood you want to achieve. There are some good places to begin your searches such as Pinterest, Houzz, and home magazines. This will keep you from wasting lots of time going from one look to another and will help you focus in on a goal. Take notes on what really catches your attention. A great way to do this is by creating a special Pinterest board labeled for your bathroom remodel. Then begin to pin the items that you really like, then make a note in the comments of exactly what it is about the picture you like. If you don't know what exactly you like about the photo, don't pin it. 

Designer tip: Don't get so stuck on one certain item that you think you must have. When the time comes, you might not find that exact piece. Be flexible.

Bathroom Remodel Step #2 Pick Your Cabinet 

Cabinets in any room are an investment that will last for many years and they're likely to be the last thing to get replaced. With that in mind, choose a cabinet that is well-built. 

Designer tip: some styles of cabinets are classic and less likely to go out of style. If you're having custom cabinets built, ask the cabinet maker to give you a sample of the cabinet or to stain a sample piece of the wood. You can take this sample to make other selections. There are lots of customizable features that are available now in cabinets - make sure you consider how you'll use your space and how much storage you'll need.

Bathroom Remodel Step #3 Decide On A Countertop

There are so many products available today for bathroom countertops including quartz, granite, and cultured marble. Make sure you consider the care and maintenance of the product as some require more upkeep than others.  Each of the different types of materials will also give you a variety of patterns to choose from. Remember - when you choose your countertop, this is the first real pattern you're placing in the room. This first pattern selection will dictate what other patterns you'll use. You want to make sure this countertop compliments the cabinet well. 

Designer tip - choose a color that will contrast with the cabinet color that you already selected. This ensures that the bathroom has some variation of color starting to take place. It's likely there will only be a few countertops that fit your look and budget, so this is a must-have after cabinet selections.

Bathroom Remodel Step #4 Pick Your Wall And Floor Material

Most bathrooms now have sheetrock, texture, and paint, but if you want to pull in some other patterns, now is the time to decide on them. Right now, shiplap and beadboard are super popular. These options are quite attractive for many bathrooms as they add a bit of visual texture or character. Also, don't forget the walls of the shower! This is where the sample of the countertop will already begin to help. Use the sample of the countertop to help you coordinate a tile for the shower walls and floors. 

Designer tip- when choosing a tile for floors and walls, keep the same tile or try mixing a wood patterned tile with a block tile look. This will keep the patterns from competing with one another in the room or from looking like you ran out of tile and just tried to match and missed with another tile. 

Bathroom Remodel Step #5 Choose Your Finishes

Think of your fixtures as jewelry. This is where you really get to make things sparkle and shine! Choose finishes that express the feeling you want to convey in the room. There are multiple colors to choose from - everything from bold and dark to light and shiny. 

Designer tip -  A good rule of thumb to go by is warm finishes such as oil rubbed bronze and brass complement dark to earthy wood tones. To add light tones, go with cool finishes such as nickel and stainless steel.  You could even try to add contrast with a combination of light cabinets with dark finishes (or vice versa). 

Bathroom Remodel Step # 6 Pick your paint color

This is a step that I see a lot of people struggle with. Usually, this struggle is due to trying to do this step way too early. When you try to pick the color too early, you'll have trouble trying to find other items to coordinate because you're really not sure what you're trying to blend with. Paint colors that are left until last are always easier to coordinate as there are lots of colors to chose from. 

Designer tip - paint colors are in abundance and there will be many that will blend in with your selections so believe me and leave this selection to last.

Well, there you have it my time-tested method to select the perfect finishes for your bathroom remodel. I have used this exact method for YEARS while helping my own clients with their bathrooms. 

Pin this for your next remodel to make your project so super simple and ease the headache of the long hard road of haphazard selecting. Don't forget to share this as well - your friends they will greatly appreciate it. 
Throughout the many years that I have been in the design and flooring industry, I've helped many homeowners with their bathroom remodel projects. Now, some go smoothly, but others? Unfortunately, I have witnessed many homeowners begin their remodel with a rough start. This comes not from bad contractors or poor design materials - it comes from not really knowing where to start.

You may be thinking, "Why does that even matter? Can't I just start by picking something and build off of it?" Well, the truth is... NO! Not if you want to make this as simple as possible, that is. (But if you just prefer to take the long, hard road, go ahead haphazardly choosing items for your project. Then I bid you farewell and many happy wishes on your journey!)

However, if you're like most of us, you would LOVE to find an easier way to make your remodel happen. Well, you're in luck - I have the time tested steps to selecting your items for your bathroom remodel that will make your project super simple and guess what? I'm sharing them with you.

Bathroom Remodel Step #1 Do Some Homework

Take a look around at some bathrooms to get a feel for what you really like and don't like. Try looking through pictures for ideas of styles, colors, patterns, and what type of mood you want to achieve. There are some good places to begin your searches such as Pinterest, Houzz, and home magazines. This will keep you from wasting lots of time going from one look to another and will help you focus in on a goal. Take notes on what really catches your attention. A great way to do this is by creating a special Pinterest board labeled for your bathroom remodel. Then begin to pin the items that you really like, then make a note in the comments of exactly what it is about the picture you like. If you don't know what exactly you like about the photo, don't pin it. 

Designer tip: Don't get so stuck on one certain item that you think you must have. When the time comes, you might not find that exact piece. Be flexible.

Bathroom Remodel Step #2 Pick Your Cabinet 

Cabinets in any room are an investment that will last for many years and they're likely to be the last thing to get replaced. With that in mind, choose a cabinet that is well-built. 

Designer tip: some styles of cabinets are classic and less likely to go out of style. If you're having custom cabinets built, ask the cabinet maker to give you a sample of the cabinet or to stain a sample piece of the wood. You can take this sample to make other selections. There are lots of customizable features that are available now in cabinets - make sure you consider how you'll use your space and how much storage you'll need.

Bathroom Remodel Step #3 Decide On A Countertop

There are so many products available today for bathroom countertops including quartz, granite, and cultured marble. Make sure you consider the care and maintenance of the product as some require more upkeep than others.  Each of the different types of materials will also give you a variety of patterns to choose from. Remember - when you choose your countertop, this is the first real pattern you're placing in the room. This first pattern selection will dictate what other patterns you'll use. You want to make sure this countertop compliments the cabinet well. 

Designer tip - choose a color that will contrast with the cabinet color that you already selected. This ensures that the bathroom has some variation of color starting to take place. It's likely there will only be a few countertops that fit your look and budget, so this is a must-have after cabinet selections.

Bathroom Remodel Step #4 Pick Your Wall And Floor Material

Most bathrooms now have sheetrock, texture, and paint, but if you want to pull in some other patterns, now is the time to decide on them. Right now, shiplap and beadboard are super popular. These options are quite attractive for many bathrooms as they add a bit of visual texture or character. Also, don't forget the walls of the shower! This is where the sample of the countertop will already begin to help. Use the sample of the countertop to help you coordinate a tile for the shower walls and floors. 

Designer tip- when choosing a tile for floors and walls, keep the same tile or try mixing a wood patterned tile with a block tile look. This will keep the patterns from competing with one another in the room or from looking like you ran out of tile and just tried to match and missed with another tile. 

Bathroom Remodel Step #5 Choose Your Finishes

Think of your fixtures as jewelry. This is where you really get to make things sparkle and shine! Choose finishes that express the feeling you want to convey in the room. There are multiple colors to choose from - everything from bold and dark to light and shiny. 

Designer tip -  A good rule of thumb to go by is warm finishes such as oil rubbed bronze and brass complement dark to earthy wood tones. To add light tones, go with cool finishes such as nickel and stainless steel.  You could even try to add contrast with a combination of light cabinets with dark finishes (or vice versa). 

Bathroom Remodel Step # 6 Pick your paint color

This is a step that I see a lot of people struggle with. Usually, this struggle is due to trying to do this step way too early. When you try to pick the color too early, you'll have trouble trying to find other items to coordinate because you're really not sure what you're trying to blend with. Paint colors that are left until last are always easier to coordinate as there are lots of colors to chose from. 

Designer tip - paint colors are in abundance and there will be many that will blend in with your selections so believe me and leave this selection to last.


Well, there you have it my time-tested method to select the perfect finishes for your bathroom remodel. I have used this exact method for YEARS while helping my own clients with their bathrooms. 

Pin this for your next remodel to make your project so super simple and ease the headache of the long hard road of haphazard selecting. Don't forget to share this as well - your friends they will greatly appreciate it. 

If you're still worried about making the right selections for your bathroom and need a bit of help my design services are here to help. Go here to see how. 

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