The Most Popular Home Renovation Project

This room was the world's top spot to revamp during the pandemic

Photo by James Ray Spahn

With the extra time many of us had on our hands during the pandemic, there was no better time to get to that home project we’ve been putting off. From simple DIY jobs like redecorating, to more extensive projects like kitchen or bathroom renovation, transforming our homes to fit our dream vision became a priority for many.

So, what room was the most popular to renovate in the last year? By collecting Google search data from 2020 to the beginning of 2021, new research shows that bathroom renovations appear top of the global search list. It seems having that special place to unwind with a relaxing bath or soothing shower carries plenty of value in every corner of the world.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite bathrooms featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles to serve up some design inspiration for you next bathroom reno. For a plethora of options, styles and more, head over to our Pinterest page and pin away.

A Garden of Serenity

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Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

Looking to add some tranquility to your bathroom? Check out this dreamy space in designer Margot Elena’s home. Within a 6-foot-deep pit sits this stunning sunken bath, with windows opening out onto serene private garden. Adding some plants, candles and other natural decor  soften the bathroom while pops of color add life and a boho-chic aesthetic.

A Dramatic Powder Room


Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

Food blogger Tieghan Gerard wanted to add drama to the bathroom in her Colorado barn. Add some texture, like the furry rocking chair here, and consider using non-traditional tile to create a show-stopping space.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers


Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

Want to add some pop to your powder room? Take a cue from Duet Design Group, who added this Ellie Cashman Design wallpaper to a refreshed Denver home, and chose texture, wallpaper or your favorite bright color to bring life to the space. Wary of wallpaper? Don’t be! Check out our interview with wallpaper maven Batya Stepelman and find something that’s just right for you.

Midcentury Spark


Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

The original claw-foot tub in a 100-plus-year-old Victorian’s guest bath in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver almost kept the room’s much-needed update from happening. Luckily, designer Linda McLean was able to convince the young couple that it was possible to keep the tub and update the space.

Simple and Chic


Photo by Emily Minton Redfield. Styling by Kate Meyers.

Can’t shake the white bathroom? We get it. Take a peek at interior designer Paige Blackburn’s classic master bathroom. Add a touch of marble to the floor plus warmth and softness through some wood and brass elements, and voila!

Bathroom on a Budget


Photo by Susie Brenner

This modern-farmhouse style loo, designed by Inside Stories, is made up of many affordable retail finds. A graphic pattern floor tile—Twenties Petal by Merola Tile at The Home Depot—a mirrored medicine cabinet and louvered vanity from Restoration Hardware, and the Princeton Mid Sconce by Schoolhouse all bring farmhouse charm to the room’s envelope, clad in painted-wood planks and white subway tile. Add colorful accessories to balance out the neutral tones.

Artful and Airy

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Photo by Meagan Larsen

Following the lead of this beautiful bathroom, adding art to the space can make it homey and reflective of your personal style. From prints and framed pieces to flowers, plants and textured towels, don’t shy away from adding your style to your bathroom.

Rustic Revival

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Photography by David Patterson | Styling by Julia Emerson.

A painting of Castle Rock’s 370-foot-high namesake butte to hang above the claw-foot tub in this historic 1890s barn. “The sink in the master bath is actually a drainboard sink; they were popular years ago for kitchens, since you could drain your dishes there,” says the homeowner.

For more bathroom inspiration, check out these stories:
Top Bath Accessories, According to the Pros
9 Beautiful Bathrooms

12 Stylish Loos
8 Truly Enviable Bathrooms
9 Beautiful & Relaxing Bathrooms
The White Album

Categories: Bathrooms