If you’ve taken on the (often daunting) task of renovating a bathroom in your home, then you’re going to have plenty of hurdles to overcome and decisions to make. If you’re stuck on how to pick some of the key fixtures and features that will adorn your new bathroom, maybe we can help!

The Fixture & Feature Decision Making Process

When you set out to begin the later parts of a bathroom renovation (after demolition and reconfiguration), you’ll have to start making decisions. While this may sound like the fun part – it is, or at least can be – there is a method to painlessly navigating the daunting number of options you’re about to face.

Start With Tile

Okay, yes, we are a tile company, so of course we’d recommend tile first; regardless of our bias, however, picking your tile and deciding how it will be laid out first is a great idea, as it literally acts as the foundation for the styles and colors available to you throughout the rest of the process. For instance, if you decide to go with a sleek white subway tile in a standard brick format in your shower, you’ll then have to decide what you want to to do with the floor, and the walls, not to mention the ceiling, and so on. What we’re getting at is this: Picking all of the tile that will go in your bathroom – which could include any or all of the walls, perhaps each in their own tile type or format  – is incredibly wise, as it will let you make an informed decision on what will work as far as style goes for vanity, sink, mirror, decorations, fixtures, and more.

Next Steps

To put it simply, the next step in the process depends on a couple of key things, including whether or not you’re fully gutting the bathroom (as in starting completely over), shifting things around, giving it a new look, or redoing the bathroom as part of a larger DIY project. For instance, if you’re renovating your kitchen also, then you may want to bundle your bathroom vanity and countertops in with your kitchen cabinets and corresponding counters; not everyone wants to do things this way, but if you happen to like the idea of getting all your cabinets and/or counters to match, then that will make much of the decision for you. If, however, you’re more like most DIYers, taking your renovation piecemeal and focusing on making one room look amazing at a time, then you need to create a hierarchy for your decision making; we advise the following:

  • After tile, consider any elements from the old bathroom that will remain (i.e. an old tub, shower, toilet, etc.), then match the next elements to the colors and styles embodied by these pieces and your tile choice
  • Or, if you have torn out everything, take care to pick your shower, tub, and toilet first, as these choices are usually taken on assumption, but could lead to regret later if you find a color or style that you wished you’d known was available earlier
  • Once your essentials are out of the way, decide on the prominent colors you want in any areas that will not feature bathroom tile, including vanity, countertop, and wall decorations; attempt to create a color pallet or find a picture online for inspiration of your overall vision
  • Match elements one at a time, prioritizing the most expensive or time-consuming elements first; for instance, countertops often take weeks to order ahead of time, so selecting a counter and securing your vanity or cabinets should be a very high priority
  • Don’t forget the details, including the color of baseboards, the style of light switch covers or lighting elements themselves, and even finding the decorations that will take your bathroom from simply “a new bathroom” to “your new retreat”

Don’t Forget Functionality

While we love talking about style and color, there is a certain functionality aspect to consider as well. After all, your family has to use this room throughout the day; in fact, the bathroom is typically one of the most important room or rooms in a home. If this is your personal bathroom, then you should focus on making it a retreat to get away from the anxiety and stresses of your day in the evening while making you feel invigorated and excited for what is to come whenever you get ready in the morning. Guest bathrooms, powder rooms, childrens’ baths, and laundry room/bathroom hybrids all have very different purposes that should be considered in their own way. While we want you to love the look and feel of your bathroom, not every vanity or mirror offers the same utility as bathroom tiles do while giving you the look you’re trying to go for, so just remember to take into account what you need out of the space as a non-negotiable feature!

Start Today

Whether you’ve already torn out your bathroom and are ready to move on to the next step or you’re still tearing your hair out, wishing for the bathroom of your dreams, it’s time to move on to the next step! After you’ve determined when and how the initial work will get done and secured all corresponding permits, then it’s time to head down to Transworld Tile, Thousand Oaks’ most trusted source for bathroom tiles in all shapes and sizes.

Check out some of our successful projects here!