So you’re thinking about doing a renovation in your bathroom but you’re not sure where to start?  What’s big for this year and what are the best renovations to increase the value of your home should you decide to make a change?  One thing is for sure – potential buyers want to see fresh, updated bathrooms when looking at a home they may buy.  It’s one of the most frequently used rooms in your home and although it might mainly serve a functional purpose, your bathroom can be a great room in which to escape and melt away your weekly stresses.

The first and one of the most effective ways to renovate your space is with paint.  It goes fairly quickly, it’s not overly expensive, even when using top quality paint, and you’ll get a huge bang for your buck.  It’s a renovation that nobody will miss!  We know it’s not the most fun project in the world, but take a look at your bathroom ceiling.  A crisp, white bathroom ceiling makes a surprisingly big difference in the space, so grind it out if you need to.   When painting the entire room, start with the ceiling and give your trim and baseboards a coat of white as well.  You’ll probably be surprised at how dingy your baseboards can get over time, even with repeated wiping.  Once the trim and ceiling is done, paint your bathroom with one of 2017’s gorgeous grays or other pale neutral.  A bathroom in dark or bold colours can look small and uninviting.  The pale shades of this year are a lot more pleasing to the eye and can make it feel as if you’ve gained square footage.

Another fabulous way to dress up the room is to create a feature wall using large, glossy subway tiles or reclaimed wood.  If you’re super lucky you’ll be able to get your hands on old barn wood, but you can recreate this look by breaking down old pallets (the fastest and least wasteful way is to use a reciprocating saw) and ageing them using a combination of chain whips, hammering in dents, and either paint, stain or whitewash.

If you have the wall space outside your door, why not add a sliding barn door on a track?  It’s almost like having a pocket door, but instead of having a pocket of space within the walls, the door slides against the exterior of the wall.  This gives the door double duty as with imagination your door can become a fabulous statement piece that every visitor will see.

As we become more and more aware of our impact on the environment, fixtures that save water and adjust water temperatures to save energy are becoming easier to find in whatever finishes you please.  Do your homework on which shower heads, toilets and faucets will work for both your family and the environment.  The easy installation of a low flow rain shower head can reduce water waste by anywhere from 3 to 7 gallons each and every minute!   You can also wire lights in different areas of the bathroom to individual switches so that you only use the lights that you need to.

Repurposing wood is big again this year so think about adding some rustic features to your bathroom.  Repurposing industrial hardware can also add a fantastic and unique look that will catch the attention of your visitors and make your bathroom a pleasant place to spend time in.  Shelves can sit on old metal pipes anchored into the wall, and spaces to tuck rolled towels are wonderful when made from old apple boxes and hung in convenient areas by the shower.  Old jam jars fastened to a board and hung over the vanity makes a great place to tuck your q-tips, bobby pins and toothbrushes.  Many of the decor ideas for 2017 mean reusing old items or going with a vintage look, so let your imagination be your guide.

If you want to add a touch of luxury to your bathroom, think sustainable without sacrificing the high end appeal.  Bamboo is an easily sustainable and renewable resource that makes beautiful, soft bath towels, hand towels, facecloths and bath mats that will stand the test of time.   They’re resistant to bacteria and mildew and are incredibly absorbent.