If you are building a new bathroom or renovating an existing one, careful planning is necessary for every step of the process. This is never truer than when you are shopping for new bathroom countertops. Countertops are vital to the overall appearance, style, and functionality of your bathroom. They are display spaces, storage surfaces, welcoming centerpieces, and beautiful art pieces. That is, if you select the right countertops.
As intimidating as the shopping process may be--what with all of the options on the market today and innumerable design blogs introducing unique styles and alternatives--you can consider this step-by-step guide to finding the right countertops for your bathroom. Follow these steps for a headache-free process and a perfect match.
1. Take Measurements
The first step in determining which countertops are right for your bathroom is measuring the amount of available space you should fill. While there is no hard-and-fast rule to follow here, a good guide to follow if you are unsure or flexible is to base your measurements on the bathroom mirror. Make the countertops at least 1 1/2 times as wide as the mirror for a balanced appearance and plenty of practical space.
2. Consider a Design Scheme
What is the dream result of your bathroom design process? What kind of theme do you hope to showcase? Coastal? Minimalist? Modern loft? Rustic and homey? Something wholly your own? While countertop styles are not as diverse as curtain patterns (nor should they be), you should narrow your search to countertop materials that are versatile enough to suit any style. Marble and granite are colorful, sleek, and timeless enough to suit any bathroom, from Art Deco to western, and more. Granite and marble also naturally come in a variety of colors to match your color scheme perfectly.
3. Explore Your Options
Once you have an idea of the size and type of material you want in your bathroom, you will need to sift through the seemingly endless amount of companies, all offering you different versions of the same product. For best results, visit a local company's website and search for the following signs of reliable quality:
- A photo gallery offering a rich resource of sample rooms
- Details of the company's experience and services
- Detailed descriptions of the materials the company offers
- The flexibility to help you with the design and planning process
- Experienced staff who can install countertops in your bathroom
- A satisfaction guarantee
4. Choose Quality Materials
As stated above, marble and granite are popular bathroom countertop materials because of their versatile appearance. In addition, they are notable for being:
All of these are qualities that you need in bathroom countertops. What could be worse than bathroom countertops you are wary of using, lest they become damaged or lose their initial luster?
If you follow the above steps, you should find excellent countertops for your bathroom.