Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Trends for 2016 – DIY Home Improvements

Now that we have lived through the economic and political ups and downs of 2016 and even survived the end of the world, many homeowners are actively pouring in their time and resources in remodeling their homes. And guess what? Bathroom remodeling and renovation tops the list of these home improvement projects.

luxurious-bathrooms Having busy, often stressful lives, it is becoming clear that for many of us bathrooms are becoming a lot more than just functional spaces in our homes. From using the bathroom to look sharp for work in the morning, to occupying the space to unwind after a long day during the night, we are looking for more beautiful, stylish, luxurious bathroom spaces. Innovations in bathroom design, decor, vanities and accessories keep on multiplying, so there is no shortage of creative ideas and cutting edge products to help bring you closer to realizing your dream bathroom project.

To have a truly contemporary bathroom and take advantage of all the latest design developments and products, check out our list of Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Trends for 2016.

Tile Extravaganza

creative bathroom tile designs If you thought tiles were boring and had an office-like feel, think again! Today, tiles are one of the best ways to give your bathroom a total make-over and achieve a unique look. You are no longer confounded to traditional ceramic tiles of standard sizes and colors. Instead, you can let your imagination run wild with a wide range of possibilities for tile materials such as porcelain, glass, metal, stone in addition to the good ol’ ceramic. Each material offers a distinct look and comes in wide range of colors, sizes. Of course, for truly upscale and luxurious bathrooms you can go all out and custom order your own tile patterns. You can do as much or as little with tiles as you like, from having accent tiles around your vanities, to floor or wall tiles, to covering your entire bathroom with tiles from floor to ceiling.

Say Yes to Luxury

Natural Stone Bathroom and Glass Shower One trend that is hard to ignore is the collective desire for a truly luxurious bathroom space. The feeling of a personal spa, a safe haven within your own home. One way to achieve this look and feel is to get rid of the traditional big bulky tub and install a beautiful soaking tub that you can sit and relax in for hours by yourself or with someone special. Another highly option is to go for an expanded, walk-in shower space with frame-less glass, benches, niches and dual shower heads.

When it comes to vanity tops, granite is no longer the only luxury option. More and more homeowners are discovering the unique beauty of such upscale materials as travestine, quartz, and Calacatta marble.

Heated Flooring

Heated Bathroom Floors Increasingly, homeowners are seeking comfort in their bathroom spaces. Nothing is more cozy and comfortable then stepping onto a warm floor after the shower, rather than being shocked by freezing cold floor tiles. Consequently, more and more homeowners are opting to heat their bathroom floors and there is a wide range of possibilities to choose from. Consider such options as radiant electric heating, a special mesh that is placed under tiles when they are set and is connected to a thermostat on the wall, electronic heat-mat systems that can be placed both under the floor and under the walls. Many of these options use little energy and will not cost you thousands of dollars to purchase and install.

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Bathroom Remodel Cost 2015-2016: Low-End, Mid-Range & Upscale

Creating a Functional & Beautiful Bathroom on Any Budget

It’s amazing how such a tiny space can have such a big impact. People don’t spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but they want it to be functional and stylish. No matter how large or small the space or how big your budget, you can turn your old bathroom into a space that has everything you need and adds value to your home and makes it easier to sell it if you are in the process of staging your property.


Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can make some major changes in your current bathroom to up the “Wow” factor. Because it’s a small space, the need for fewer materials enables you to do more with less money. The key is to put your money in the right places.

mid-sized traditional master bathroom By Enviable Designs

How low can you go and still create a beautiful space? Believe it or not, you can take $500 and turn an outdated bathroom into a modern space. The challenge lies in how much work you’re willing to do to cut down on labor costs. Instead of replacing, the focus is on refinishing and repainting.

One of the focal points in a bathroom is the vanity or sink. If you have an old-fashioned pedestal sink, you don’t have to throw it out and replace it with something new. In fact, it can add character to an older home. Just repaint it with ceramic paint and it will look brand new.

If you have one of the more modern vanities with storage under the sink, you can sand it down and repaint. You can also repaint the sink to make it shine. For any kind of bathroom sink or vanity, focus on updating the faucets, if you have a little extra money. For only $100, you can modernize what you already have. To avoid spending any more money than you have to, prime the current faucet, paint it and lacquer it to create a modern look for even less.

Light Fixtures is the next place you want to put your money. A lot of older homes only have overhead lighting, which won’t do much for you when you’re getting dressed and applying makeup or fixing your hair. New lighting fixtures over the sink will do wonders for the space. Replacing current lighting can be quite inexpensive if you can do the work yourself, with light fixtures going for $100 to $200 for basic designs.

Traditional Bathroom with Vanity Lighting By Gast Architects

If you must install lighting where none had previously been, you will have more work to do and must hire an electrician in most cases. However, the pay-off will be worth it, because good lighting is one of the most requested features in a bath.

master bathroom with custom painted insert cabinets and beautiful light fixtures By JCA Architects

Flooring is another important component of updating a bathroom. In such a small space, you can afford to go upscale on this feature and still not spend a lot of money. On the other hand, you can choose something economical to keep your budget low. Homes with wood floors in the bathroom can easily be re-sanded and stained. Just don’t forget to put a sealant on the floor to protect it from humidity and water damage. Polyurethane paint does a good job of preventing damage to wood floors in a bathroom. Make sure you apply multiple coats for adequate coverage.

Bathroom with wooden floors and angled freestanding bath tub By International Custom Designs

The ideal flooring for bathrooms is tile. Choose clearance tiles for a fraction of what you would normally have to pay for the newest designer tiles. Just select a basic pattern that doesn’t look too trendy and it will hold its value longer.

Pure white caeserstone tub surround and porcelain tiles By ID by Gwen

Storage is an important part of any bathroom, and a lot of older spaces lack this important element. In a small room like the bathroom, you have to look up to add storage. Install a cabinet over the toilet or open shelving to make the space look bigger. Add a medicine cabinet over the sink with an attached mirror. You can even purchase wire baskets to place over the toilet tank or on the floor to create storage where nothing else will fit.

Space maximizing bathroom cabinets By College City Design-Build

A breakdown of your costs for this updated space is as follows:

Refinishing the bathroom sink or vanity: $20 to $50

Replacing bath faucets: $200

Installing new light fixtures: $200

Installing new tiles: $500 to $2,500

Adding storage: from $100 to $1,000

For around $1,000 to $2,500, you can completely recreate your bathroom, which is the price most homeowners will love. Of course, this assumes you can do most of the work yourself and you don’t have any plumbing or electrical issues to deal with.


If low-cost bathroom remodels are all about working with what you have, mid-range updates are about spending your money wisely. You’ll do more than just refinish and repaint, but you won’t be starting from scratch. The focus here is to know what to work with and what to replace.

First, you need to know how much you can expect to spend. The average cost for a mid-range bathroom remodel is $16,000 to $17,000, according to 150 Points. A good rule of thumb is to keep your remodeling project between 5 and 10 percent of the value of your home to get a good return on your investment.

Expect to spend most of your budget on cabinetry, fixtures and plumbing with labor taking the biggest cut if you can’t do some of the work yourself. Flooring and countertops will be the next priority with lighting, updating doors and windows, and painting the walls and ceiling being the lowest-cost items on your budget.

What makes a mid-range remodel stand out? The details are what will create a luxurious space without breaking your budget. For instance, when focusing on flooring, consider adding heated flooring. While this feature feels high-end, it’s actually an affordable addition. It’s also practical because it helps dry out the room and prevents slips and falls.

Heated Bathroom Floors

Choose stain-resistant grout to go with your tiles. While it does cost a little more than traditional grout, it pays off because your floors and shower stalls continue to look good for longer, with less cleaning required.

Lighting is one of the most important elements in a mid-range remodel. Even if you have a bathroom with no windows, you can install a skylight to let in natural light. Fixtures just above the basic, but not high-end, are also a good investment.

Bathroom with skylights for natural lighting By RW Anderson Homes

With a mid-range remodel, you’re going to want to replace the vanity if it’s old and outdated. Choose a stylish design, but you don’t need custom unless you have an odd-shaped room. It should have a nice sink, and double sinks are a must-have for the master bath.

The next place to focus on is the shower. Tile adds an attractive feature to the space while protecting your walls. It’s possible to have a pro refinish your existing tub or shower, but you may also have to budget in a replacement. To save money, you can buy a shower-tub combination, which will eliminate the need for tiling and cut down on maintenance.

A breakdown of expenses for this project is following:

Radiant heat: $400 to $800

Flooring: $400 to $1,000

New lighting: $200 to $400

New vanity: $500 to $1,000

New tiling: $3,000 to $6,000

How much you spend should depend more on how much of the work you do as well as what kind of deals you get. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive options on flooring, tile and the vanity, you don’t want to go with the most basic design either.

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