Villas have always held the image of being luxury residences for singles and small families. As such, most of the time, meticulous attention is paid to design, style- and function-wise. It’s imperative for all areas of these residential structures to display class.
However, a lot of builders or property developers these days tend to have a generic approach to building certain rooms. Bathroom design, for example, leaves a lot to be desired because it’s typically only focused on function.
According to reputable interior building contractors in the UAE, most villa owners these days want great style as much as reliable function for their bathrooms. Thus, many of them end up remodeling their bathrooms to elevate their visual value.
Interior designers point out that bathroom makeovers are some of their trickiest projects to undertake because of the presence of an established plumbing system, the location of the bathrooms in the house, the layout, and the size of the space. The work can take quite a long time.
So if you want a more elegant bathroom ready in a short amount of time, it’s best to execute minimal yet impactful changes.
7 Small Changes That Deliver Big Results
Here are seven small changes you can make in your villa’s bathroom to upgrade its style.
Paint has always been a trusty product to use for a room transformation. Instead of just changing the color of your bathroom, how about giving the surfaces a completely different appearance?
You can do this by using decorative paint finishes that can make concrete and other surfaces look more polished or appear to be a totally new material. There are finishes with crushed mother of pearl, glass, and even other semi-precious stones to make any surface sparkle like a gemstone.
So, if you have been dreaming of using expensive stone (such as quartz, onyx, or amethyst) for your bathroom but find it way out of your budget, paint and decorative finishes can create a more refined look without stressing out your finances.
Don’t limit the paint job to the surfaces, though. You can also remove some of the hardware and give them a more modern appearance. With spray paint, you can morph antique-looking brass knobs and pulls in the bathroom into more luxurious and modern hardware. Color them gold, rose gold, copper, or even matte black.
2. Create recessed storage
Recessed shelves and storage solutions (like the medicine cabinet) can instantly give your bathroom a more sophisticated appearance. It’s just nice to maintain clean lines and have as few protruding fixtures as possible. If there’s a lot of depth in your bathroom walls, you should seriously consider this idea.
For a flawless execution of this makeover idea, you can hire interior fit-out professionals. These specialists are experts at making the best out of small spaces in terms of both style and function.
3. Opt for more stylish hardware
If your style prefers a particular design of hardware, go ahead and splurge. All the visible bathroom hardware are easy enough to replace, from the taps to the showerheads, bars, and cabinet pulls and knobs.
Go shopping online or head to your local home depot or hardware store to see an extensive variety of these products, and identify the style that perfectly goes with the bathroom design you have in mind.
Do you want a bit of a dramatic effect for your bathroom? Replace the faucet in the bathtub with one that has a lovely waterfall effect. This will make taking hot soaks at night feel even more luxurious.
4. Change the cabinet doors and drawer fronts
Another quick makeover to consider that will not cost you much is changing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. This change will automatically provide your storage with a more visually pleasing facade.
This is the best thing you can do if it’s too much work to replace a vanity counter with a built-in storage cabinet. You can have the job done in a matter of hours.
5. Install a wall-to-wall mirror
If the bathroom is small and dark, installing wall-to-wall mirrors is the best solution to implement. This will create the illusion of a much bigger space. At the same time, it will maximize the bathroom’s lighting.
Plus, if you’re not a big fan of your wall design (perhaps, there are cracks and holes), mirrors will make an excellent cover for such wall flaws.
6. Invest in some decorative lights
Installing pretty lighting fixtures is one of the easiest ways to glam up a bathroom. If your bathroom has a high ceiling, consider a chandelier; you will not just have illumination, but you’ll get sparkle, too.
You could also add some sconces, especially by the doors, or if you have big framed mirrors that you want adequately lit for when you do your makeup. Now, if you want to get extra fancy, you can place lights around the mirrors like a frame and install small ones in your recessed shelves.
7. Bring in new decor
After taking care of all the fixtures, decorate the bathroom to suit your style. Bring in some plants, candles, and other interesting items that can give the space more personality.
However, go about this judiciously. Don’t compromise comfortable movement and safety by bringing in too many decorative items for the bathroom. Likewise, stick to useful decor as much as possible, such as a big clock to tell you what time it is, multi-tiered trays for the bathroom counter to hold your bath essentials, and plush rugs to catch some water and prevent slipping and sliding.
The great thing about decorating a bathroom is that you don’t necessarily have to buy decor. Just go through the items you already have and find new ways to use them for a different room in your house.
With these somewhat minimal efforts for remodeling a bathroom in your villa, you can achieve a more beautiful and functional space for relaxation and hygiene. Furthermore, you can enjoy a sense of style continuity throughout your home, especially if all the other rooms have an impressively elegant design.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.