If your bathroom reminds you of the bathroom from that SAW movie, it’s time for a bathroom remodel. Luckily, the Hollywood bathroom remodel team at The Home People are here to help. Here are a few tips to mull over before you begin your bathroom remodel.

Do your research.

If you’re struggling to find inspiration for your bathroom, turning to the internet can provide you with the inspiration you need. Quick trips around some home and garden websites can allow you develop a beautiful (and cohesive) bathroom space, and will help you discover your bathroom tastes and how they complement the rest of your home. (For professionals of the internet, Pinterest can be a huge help here.)

Sharing your internet inspiration with your bathroom contractors is helpful as well, giving them a better idea of your grand bathroom vision, and allowing them to help you find products that align with that vision—and your budget.

Expand upward, not outward.

Unless you have a bathroom the size of a master bedroom, you fully realize that every inch of walking space and storage space in a bathroom is worth its weight in gold. So if you need to pack as much storage as possible into your bathroom, the best place to look is up.  

Adding storage solutions all the way up to the ceiling of your bathroom frees up critical floor room, and gives you a landing spot for all of your toiletries. Don’t worry—if you’re vertically challenged, keeping a small step stool below your sink will allow you to reach everything you need.

Don’t forget windows.

Adding a window to your bathroom doesn’t just provide you with useful natural light—it can help keep your bathroom dry and ventilated, too. Bathrooms without windows are often poorly ventilated, which can lead to mold, mildew, and bacteria buildup that can negatively affect your health and fill your bathroom with strange, unrecognizable smells.

Combing a small window with your standard bathroom vent can give your bathroom the ventilation it needs to stay clean—plus, who doesn’t like having a scenic view from the shower?

Pick a color—but not any color.

Almost all people, including the most hairy, stinky, and disheveled men, will take a peek in the bathroom mirror to see how they look before they leave the house—and sometimes, people don’t like what they see. While we’re home improvement experts who know next to nothing about self-esteem or body image psychology, we do know that painting your bathroom any old color can actually change how you see yourself.

Imagine a pale Scandinavian man wearing a highlighter yellow T-shirt. Does the yellow do any favors for his complexion? It doesn’t—in fact, it makes him look even more pale, and even sickly in the right light. This concept holds true when it comes to your bathroom. If you paint your bathroom bright green, you’re going to look a bit green when you look in the mirror—the same goes for bright reds, yellows, and oranges. If you have a pale complexion, or are just looking for a paint color that’s a bit more forgiving to your skin tone, sticking to duller blues, greens, and even pinks will ensure that you look healthy and radiant when you give yourself a once-over in the mirror.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our series on bathroom remodeling, and good luck with your remodeling adventures!