While the bathroom is typically one of the smallest rooms in the home, it is also one of the most important rooms to update. Kitchens and bathrooms have the biggest impact on resale value and are the most important to buyers.

However, a small space doesn’t mean fewer choices during your renovation. From layout and design to lighting and fixtures, every bathroom renovation includes countless options. This month we’ll go through some fun design elements to consider during a bathroom remodel:

  • Layout
  • Heating and lighting
  • Fixtures
  • Fun design elements


Out: Large jetted tubs. In: Free-standing tubs and walk-in showers

The 1990s have called, and they want their corner jetted tub back! These days, many homeowners are opting for a more minimalist style in the bathroom. One popular option is a freestanding tub, which is a bathtub that has all sides exposed, while sitting directly on your bathroom floor. Not only is a freestanding tub a great focal point, but coupled with a separate shower, it provides a spa-like atmosphere in any bathroom remodel.

Speaking of showers, glass-enclosed, walk-in showers are a great way to increase the size of the bathroom visually. They are designed without a step between the floor and the shower, which creates a sleek and modern look. These showers are also ADA-compliant, so they are a smart option for family members with limited mobility, or for folks hoping to age in place. 


Radiant Heating

There’s nothing worse than stepping out of the shower onto a cold tile floor. We always suggest installing heated floors as part of a bathroom renovation. Radiant floor heat not only keeps feet and toes toasty but also keeps the entire space cozy. 

Using a floor heating system increases your square footage, as it removes the need for registers or radiators. It will also increase the value of your home and decrease your heating bill, as radiant heat is typically more energy-efficient.

Towel Warmers

Another functional addition to any New England bathroom is a towel warmer, especially in the cold winter months! There are multiple types, including hydronic and electric versions. Electric towel warmers are available either hard-wired or as plug-in models. Some models are even programmable through your phone, so you can save energy when they’re not in use.

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Lighting and Mirrors

Only kitchens can rival bathrooms when counting the number of lighting options available. Lighting does more than simply illuminate the space, it conveys your design style, can tie in or complement hardware and plumbing finishes, and provides a flash of color or flare to the room.

The main types of bathroom lighting include:

  • Overhead or ambient lighting
  • Wall mounted lighting
  • Accent lighting

Overhead lighting

The best way to light up your bathroom is through overhead lighting. For most folks, this means recessed lighting or semi-flush mounts, which keep the room well-lit while being simultaneously out of the way. 

However, a chandelier is like the jewelry of any room — an opportunity to go bold and fun or to add a little bit of glamor. Just be sure you have enough overhead space if you plan to install a chandelier, typically at least ten-foot ceilings.

Wall Lighting and Mirrors

The bathroom is your place to primp and prepare for a day at work or a night out. During the design process, you’ll determine how many mirrors will be mounted above the vanity and what type of wall-mounted lighting you would prefer. 

Most often, wall lighting comes in the form of sconces, installed on either side of the mirror, or vanity lighting, typically with one or more bulbs installed above. However other types of vanity lighting might include an illuminated mirror or medicine cabinet. 


For many homeowners, picking out plumbing fixtures is the hardest part of a bathroom remodel. There are dozens of finishes, types, styles, and functions available. Additionally, bathroom fixtures can be pricey! Therefore, having a budget and accounting for every fixture you need is important during the design process

Plumbing Fixtures

These connect to your plumbing system, providing hot and cold water through the pipes and into your sink, shower, or bathtub. 

  • Lavatory faucet options:
    • Widespread, single-hole, or wall-mount faucets
  • Shower Trim items might include:
    • Showerhead
    • Bathtub downspout
    • Shower control
    • Handheld shower

Shower Trim Kits

Once you have determined which fixtures you need, now you’ll need to determine the finish and style.


Are you looking for something timeless? Go with nickel or polished brass. Want a more modern look? We suggest chrome, stainless steel, or flat black.

You’ll also need to decide if you’d like to keep finishes cohesive throughout your home or mix it up. Some homeowners prefer a certain collection and style to match every bathroom. Others prefer that each room has its own unique look and feel. Just be sure that your new bathroom aesthetic still fits within the rest of your home. 

Modern bathroom feel:

A more traditional style:


Don’t forget about accessories! Most bathroom collections include items such as towel bars and rings, robe hooks, and paper holders. Floating wooden shelves are also a great way to increase storage in a smaller bathroom.

Make sure to consider these items during the design process, to ensure there is a home for each item in your new bathroom. 

Add Some Fun!

A bathroom can be a great place to try something fun and different. They are a great place to consider adding a bold wallpaper, a fun tile, or a shower niche.


This is not your grandma’s wallpaper! Wallpaper is back and if you’re just dipping your toe into installing some, the bathroom is a great place to start! Going bold? Consider a chair rail and paint below, keeping the paper only on the top half of the space.


Since a bathroom is typically a smaller room, it’s a great spot for a bold and visually interesting tile. A statement tile can be used on the floor, the shower floor, or in a shower niche.

Any home renovation can seem overwhelming. Thinking ahead about all of these options will help pave the way to success in your next bathroom renovation. Want to check out more of our bathroom projects? Click here. Or contact Godfrey Design-Build today to learn more!