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A bathroom remodel is a good return on investment

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Bathroom remodel

Upgrade your bathroom with new fixtures. 

Q • What should I know before I get started on a bathroom remodel?

A • A bathroom remodel is one of the best ways to increase one’s satisfaction of the home or boost the property value. With an estimated 70 percent return on investment, bathroom remodels are a worthwhile project.

Before upgrading a bathroom, first think about why you’re remodeling the space. Most people update bathrooms to have a fresh space or sell their property. Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your bathroom so you know how much square footage you’ll need for tiles and other materials. The last consideration is your personal style so the bathroom remodel feels true to you.

Across décor styles, look into high-tech options that are convenient and eco-friendly. Tap into new technology by installing a touch-free flush, WaterSense-certified toilet to conserve water, or a shower with a temperature display so water is always perfectly heated or cooled.

Find inspiration from trends that other homeowners are incorporating into their space. White, off-white and gray bathrooms continue to reign as the most popular colors. Wood is still one of the strongest trends in flooring with new looks that accentuate wood graining and texture. One of the latest tile trends is porcelain and ceramic tile that not only looks like wood but is also manufactured to feel like wood, yet it offers the durability of tile. Some homeowners are experimenting with decorative wall tile in marble or brick to add pizazz and with different pops of blue.

Traditional bathrooms are defined by intricate detailing and timeless looks, such as oak or dark brown wood vanities accented with bronze, gold or brushed nickel hardware and fixtures. Add personality to the space by installing a faucet with a decorative touch. Consider one with a high arc and curved design to add elegance to any traditional bathroom. When choosing floor tile, durable laminate, mosaic designs or stone-look porcelain in light tans can make the space feel welcoming.

Modern-style bathrooms make a distinct décor statement. A contemporary style has lean lines, sleek designs and strategic uses of white. Consider updating the vanity to one that features straight edges and a white top to give your space a modern feel. Floating vanities are another option — they are minimal looking and great for storage in a small space. When choosing flooring, charcoal-glazed porcelain is durable and complements most vanities and fixtures. Incorporate chrome accents when updating lighting, faucets and hardware for a polished look.

Regardless of style, if swapping out a vanity is too labor-intensive for a DIY project, consider having a pro take on the work. A refresh of countertops and cabinets by refacing will give a fresh look, or replacing them altogether will give the bathroom a full revamp.

Glenn Flynn is the store manager of the Home Depot store in Ballwin.

Glenn Flynn is the store manager of the Home Depot store in Ballwin.  

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