Part 2: Choosing the Best Bathroom Fixtures & Finishes

Now that you have chosen your ideal layout and style for your small bathroom remodel, it’s time to pick out the best fixtures and finishes to pull the whole bathroom together.

This aspect of bathroom remodeling may seem like a lot to think about. What metals are you going to choose to accent your fixtures? Where will you mount lights? It’s important to consider all of your options before selecting your fixtures and finishes.

Customize your shower

If you’re going with a walk-in or low threshold shower, there are a variety of things you can do to make sure that you’re optimizing both style and function. You can customize your shower by choosing your favorite door and floor pan. There’s no need to stick with boring shower curtains when there are so many unique and interesting shower doors and glass partitions you can choose from.

For smaller bathrooms, it’s easier to get a sliding or folding shower door instead of a swinging or pivoting door, as these doors can take up too much room. You can use sliding doors for a shower with a tub enclosure as well. Glass doors can come in a frame or seamless, but it normally costs more if you want a seamless finish. You can decide if you want textured or frosted glass for more privacy.

If you want your walk-in shower to feel extra spacious, opt for a doorless design that uses a glass panel to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom. This will make your bathroom feel bigger than it actually is. Consult with an expert bathroom remodeler to make sure your bathroom is waterproof enough to have a doorless design.

Hardware and faucets

It can seem overwhelming trying to find the perfect hardware for your cabinets or the best faucet for your sink. Luckily, there are plenty of choices depending on your style and what your color scheme is.

When you think about it, hardware includes not only a sink faucet and cabinet handles. It also includes towel bars, hooks, and holders. You can keep the bathroom remodel cost down by ordering sets of minimalistic knobs or sleek handle pulls from stores online and shop around for the best deals.

If you don’t want to worry about hardware during your bathroom remodel, you can always install handleless cabinets instead. By streamlining your cabinets, you’ll get a more put-together modern look and lessen the risk of running into a handle while in your small bathroom.

Modern faucets do a great job of combining simplicity and elegance with technology. There are a few types of faucets that have become increasingly popular throughout this year. Matte black faucets give your bathroom an industrial look and can add a lot of depth. Bronze, brass, and champagne colored faucets and shower heads make for a light and airy look that livens up your bathroom. They pair well with bold wall treatments.

If you’re not sure what you like or don’t want to settle for only one style, call NextGen Remodeling. Looking for experienced contractors to install fixtures for a bathroom remodel near you? We can incorporate various types of faucets to complete the look of your custom

bathroom remodel and show you inspiration from our past projects.

Lighting and mirrors

Lighting can truly make or break the look and feel of a room. It is one of the most important parts of any room, but especially for bathrooms, because it serves many purposes. The lighting you choose depends on the functions you need it to serve.

In order to make your small bathroom appear taller, use multiple layers of lights. You can create more dimension by installing wall sconces, chandeliers, or adding other types of decorative lighting.

If possible, incorporate a source of natural light, such as a window or a skylight. Natural light is perfect for getting ready in the mornings because you have a proper amount of lighting, and you’ll know what you are going to look like when you go outside. If you want a calming and relaxing feel, consider installing dimmer switches so that you can control the softness of your lights.

Mirrors are crucial for small bathrooms since they help reflect light and make the space appear larger than it is. Consider adding a large mirror above the sink or installing a mirrored medicine cabinet above the toilet.

LED light up mirrors help you see better in lower-light bathrooms and can also help brighten up the space. A trend is having an LED back-light behind your mirror or medicine cabinet to illuminate it. Be sure to consult with expert home renovation contractors like NextGen Remodeling regarding safety regulations when installing any light or electric fixture near water sources.


Most counter space in a bathroom is typically located around the sink basin. If your bathroom has minimal walking space, consider getting a countertop with rounded corners so that you don’t bump into sharp corners.

There are a few materials that are the most recommended for bathroom countertops. Quartz has become very popular, as it is resistant to staining and scratching. It’s easy to maintain because it’s non-porous, and can also handle high heat. Tile is a good option if you want to get creative, since it comes in so many colors, patterns, and finishes. Marble is a durable option as well, although it can be more expensive than other surfaces.

Looking for bathroom remodeling contractors near you?

NextGen Remodeling in Kansas City is here to help you customize your dream bathroom. Our estimate process is quick and easy, and you can even upload or send us other quotes you’ve received so we can compare our estimate to others, line by line.

Contact us for a free consultation.