In today's economy, many people are opting to remodel rather than lock themselves into a higher house payment.
Remodeling your bathroom can enhance the look of your home while adding value as well.
Amber Gannon, an interior designer with THM Remodeling Services, LLC, in Ogden, said there are hundreds of unique designs out there that will allow people to create a look and feel all their own, from tile designs to custom vanity cabinets.
"We want people to pick something out that fits their lifestyle and is something that they are going to like five to 10 years from now," she said. "Many customers enjoy a custom vanity cabinet, as opposed to one you can purchase in the store, and most of the time it will cost them the same."
Gannon said walk-in showers are very popular because they reduce the need for a curtain or door. Oversized soaking tubs are also a hit, because they come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit most floor plans.
Gannon said a more traditional and neutral color scheme is always going to be the most popular. Flooring and tile should contrast with your cabinets to allow the room to look bigger and the cabinets to stand out.
"We recommend going one to two shades lighter or darker, or something accenting," she said. "For example, pulling the same glass tile from your shower into the flooring is going to be an accent. Subway tile, which are horizontal rectangular tiles that have been offset, is extremely popular."
Whether you choose smaller subway tiles for a backsplash or larger ones for a shower, it's very sleek looking and timeless, she said.
Glass tiles are also very popular, and even though they are trendy right now, they too can be timeless. Gannon said you can use glass tile anywhere, from your tile flooring, to a shower floor, to a backsplash behind the sink, to accents in the shower or surrounding the tub -- and the glass tile comes in a plethora of styles, colors, shapes and sizes.
"Also, using vertical lines with tile is very popular right now," she said. "Plus it will make the ceilings appear 10 times higher."
There is also a variety of faucet and lighting fixtures to enhance the mood of your bathroom. Canned lighting with something decorative over the sink is a good option, Gannon said.
When choosing a counter top, Gannon said, most people go with granite. A virtually endless number of styles and colors are available, and you can always add decorative touches to your edging. Granite currently costs less than quartz, she said.
If your bathroom is small, Gannon said, no need to worry. Everything plays into making a small bathroom appear to have more space and warmth. Paint is key. Light colors open up a room. Darker ones close it, so a nice neutral on the wall with a crisp white ceiling will expand the ceiling and make the whole room appear larger.
"Lighting is what will make the room more inviting, exciting and larger," she said. "Most small baths only have vanity lighting. An easy and inexpensive light option is adding can lighting. For an easier option, add a wall sconce or a lamp to the vanity. Also, put brighter lights into the vanity lighting."
Everything else is tricks for the eye, she said. Get rid of visual obstructions such as a fogged shower door. Clear glass will allow the eye to see all the way to the wall. Also, a light floor is going to widen your space. For a more cost-effective option, Gannon suggests laying a light rug over dark flooring.
So how long will a bathroom take to remodel? It depends on how elaborate your design is, but on average, Gannon said, it takes about a week.