No bathroom renovation in Windsor and Essex County is complete without the last luxury touches that turn it from a serviceable space to a spa-like oasis. These finishes are typically added last, and many can even be integrated later- in case you’ve already maxed out the budget on flooring and fixtures. Even though they’re not technically necessities, many of these finishing touches are the features that make you want to spend hours simply enjoying your space, and making time for self-care. If you can do it, why not splurge?
Today, we’ll cover some of our favourite features for luxurious bathroom remodels, and how these simple touches can turn even the most utilitarian reno into something indulgent. After all, the average adult spends anywhere between 23-30 minutes a day in the bathroom, on average. That’s a total of 416 days over the course of your lifetime!
Think About Adding These Luxury Touches to Your Next Bathroom Renovation
One of the great things about a bathroom renovation is that a little money often goes a long way. Typically, these spaces are not large, so even if you want to do your flooring or countertops in a marble or add a second sink, the overall cost is minimal.
Here are some of the features we’d love to add to our next bathroom reno.
1. A Chandelier
Chandeliers- they’re not just for dining rooms anymore! Chandeliers are a super luxurious touch that can be added into any room of the house, but have a huge impact when they’re incorporated into a bathroom remodel. They look incredible sitting above a bathtub. When you’re looking for one of these fancy bathroom lighting fixtures, opt for a smaller chandelier, which can add drama without completely overpowering your space.
2. Soft and Luxurious Linens
Towels, bathmats, and other linens are an inexpensive way to make your bathroom both look and feel more luxurious. A matching set of linens is a great way to tie your bathroom together, especially if they complement the colour of your walls and floor.
Look for linens that are made with 100% natural materials like cotton or linen. Some types, like Turkish cotton, are known for being particularly soft and absorbent. Ideally, you’d be able to go to a store and pick out towels that feel heavy, thick, and soft. Towels that are too light won’t absorb enough water, leaving you feeling damp and clammy.
3. A Heated Towel Rack
Now that you’ve invested in rich and soft linens, the next level up is installing a towel warmer, or heated towel rack. These bathroom appliances are slowly gaining traction across North America, although they’ve been a staple in Europe for decades.
Using electricity, these wall-mounted or freestanding towel racks heat your towels to the perfect temperature, so by the time you get out of the shower, your towels are cozy warm. They add a great ambient heat to your bathroom and help dry your towels faster once you’re done with them, limiting mustiness and mold. They are also great for drying bathing suits in the summer months.
4. A Magnifying Mirror
Everyone can appreciate a good magnifying mirror. These fixtures are a great addition for anyone that does makeup, shaves, or plucks their eyebrows regularly. They provide a much closer view than a regular bathroom mirror, and many come with a halo of LEDs, which provide softer, more flattering light that can be adjusted as needed.
Depending on your bathroom setup, you can choose a wall-mounted mirror, or a free-standing model that you can position as needed.
5. A Vessel Sink
To make your bathroom stand out from the crowd, opt for a sculpted vessel sink, instead of the traditional models that are set in a pedestal, or sunk into the countertop of your vanity. In contrast to these understated models, a vessel sink looks more like a piece of art sitting on top of your bathroom vanity. Vessel sinks are typically made of tempered glass, hammered metal, or even an entire carved piece of luxury stone like marble. These decorative options immediately make your bathroom stand out, and add a sophisticated touch.
6. An Updated Showerhead
A great showerhead makes even the smallest shower stall feel like a spa. If you’re in an older home or a rental, make replacing your shower head your first priority. Newer shower heads are more water and energy-efficient, and they can offer a variety of pressure settings, leading to a more personalized, enjoyable shower experience.
In this New York Times review of showerheads, a relatively inexpensive $76 USD model came in first place. Their top pick offers three settings that aerate the water, leading to a fuller, warmer spray.
7. A Clawfoot Tub
If you have the budget, and the space in your bathroom, a clawfoot tub absolutely can’t be topped as the height of luxury. These large bathtubs offer plenty of space to relax at the end of a busy day. The best ones are made out of cast iron and offer excellent heat retention so you can enjoy your bath without needing to continually add more hot water. The claw feet on the tub aren’t just for looks- they lift the tub off the floor, creating visual space around it so it doesn’t look clunky and awkward.
8. Heated Floors
Underfloor heating, also known as radiant heating, is a comfortable source of heat that’s powered either by electricity, or water. This system of heating distributes heat well around the room, and is easy to turn off and on with the press of a button. Try and remember to turn on your heated floors 15 minutes before you step into the shower, so it’s nice and toasty warm by the time you’re reaching for your towel.
Heated floors will need to go in during your renovation, so make sure to save some time to tackle this project before you add the finishing touches.
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For your next bathroom remodel, make sure to check out Duby’s Home Centre for the most luxurious materials and perfect finishing touches. We love to work with clients and customers to make sure they’ve got everything they need to make their next bathroom renovation or full-home reno a success.