Bathrooms might be tucked away from public view, but they are one of the most important spaces in a home, especially when it comes to property value. And just like any other room in the home, they need to be updated and spruced up every so often. But if you’re not in the mood for a total overhaul, or simply don’t have the budget to accommodate a complete renovation, you can still revamp this underestimated space into something fabulous. Here’s how.
1. Make Smart Use of Paint
Sounds like your obvious starting point, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. It’s amazing how much a difference a simple coat of paint can make. The color you choose will also provide a certain aura to the room: choose something soft to create a soothing space that appears lighter and more spacious, or something darker and richer to create a more sophisticated vibe.
You don’t have to limit the paint just to the walls, either. You can extend the paint job to the ceiling, and even go so far as to paint a faux sky if you’ve got a creative hand. You can even paint the shelves and the vanity to change things up without having to replace everything. Just make sure that you use a water-based primer and mildew-resistant paint to help keep the moisture off of the drywall and prevent mold and mildew.
2. Change the Light Fixtures
Good lighting in he bathroom is an absolute must, and if it’s currently dark and dingy in this space, swapping your currant lighting for something updated can both improve your task lighting and create a new look in the space. Consider adding a dramatic statement piece, such as a chandelier, to add a sense of style.
Replace the vanity lighting with something more updated while still providing you with that important task lighting needed when getting ready in the morning. Last but not least, add dimmer switches to give you the flexibility to adjust the amount of lighting as needed, and to help create a more serene setting when you just want to relax in the tub.
3. Change the Hardware
Just the simple act of changing up the hardware in the bathroom can make a world of difference, and it’s probably the simplest and cheapest way to update this space. It really comes down to the details, and the hardware – such as drawer pulls and door knobs – is the perfect detail to adjust when a total overall in the bathroom is off the table.
While you’re at it, spruce up the accents too, such as the soap dish, toothbrush holder, or wall art. Consider going a little bold with these small pieces, which can be easily changed if you start growing tired of their colors.
4. Update the Faucets
To really make a big splash in the bathroom, swapping your old faucets is a must. New sink faucet fixtures can turn your bathroom from drab to fab in no time without any major remodeling, and changing your showerhead and knob can make it seem as though you’ve done a lot more work in the bathroom than you really did to make it look and feel more luxurious. Take things a step further and consider splurging on a functional handheld showerhead to make your bathroom more spa-like.
5. Add a Towel Warmer
To top off the luxurious feel in the bathroom, consider adding a towel warmer. There’s nothing more cozy than stepping out of the shower to be greeted with a warm and toasty towel to drape yourself in. There are all types of towel warmers that will fit just about any space, including tight ones. If you don’t feel like getting into the electricals, there are plug-in versions available for quick and easy installation.
The Bottom Line
There’s no need to splurge on an in-depth remodeling job just to update your bathroom and add a sense of luxury to it. Consider one – or all – of the above tips to transform your bathroom without having to break the budget and spend oodles of time and effort revamping your bathroom.