Bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to home improvement projects – this is because when constructing and purchasing a house, buyers tend to look into and prioritize spaces they will spend most of their time in, this means the kitchen, the living room, and the bedrooms.
Rooms such as the laundry area, the bathroom, and/or utility spaces such as garages and the like are just afterthoughts that are designed once every room that was a priority is finished. However, this is not the right mindset when buying a home, it may seem like a small thing, but giving your bathroom a quick makeover can have a big impact on the overall feel and functionality of your home. Whether you’re looking to refresh the look of your bathroom or make small updates to improve its functionality, there are several steps you can take to give your bathroom a quick makeover.
While big renovations and a complete overhaul of your bathroom decorations and fixtures take a lot of time, effort, and money, it doesn’t have to necessarily be that way. Refreshing the look of your bathroom and giving it a makeover can be done by making small notable changes like refurbishing fixtures, countertops, bathroom vanities, or a few well-placed decorations. You won’t even feel it hurting your pocket and you’ll already have a bathroom looking completely different and brand new!
To do this, here are some tips for giving your bathroom a quick makeover:
Get Rid of Dirt And Residue With A New Coat of Paint
Start with a fresh coat of paint. Although it’s not as noticeable as a mess as dirt on the floor and water build up in areas, dust and other particles do stick to your walls over time. This is quite hard to clean and even if you give your walls a good scrubbing every once in a while, more often than not, they will not revert back to how they looked like when it was brand new – which is why applying one or two layers of paint is the way to go. One of the easiest and most effective ways to update the look of your bathroom is to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Choose a neutral color that will complement your existing fixtures and decor, or go bold with a bright, fun color, it’ll leave your bathroom looking brand new in no time.
Accessories Are A Bathroom’s Best Friend
Add some new accessories to give life to your bathroom, they don’t have to be pricey items, in fact, some of the quirkiest pieces that show off the most personality can be found in bargain stores such as The Dollar Tree. A few small paintings here and there, accent pieces for the top of your toilet, and maybe one or two towels that compliment your new wall will give your bathroom a welcoming vibe to draw in both your family members and your visitors. Accessorizing your bathroom is a great way to add personality and style to the space. Consider adding a new shower curtain, towels, rugs, and other decorative items to give your bathroom an overall new look without hurting your budget!
Use Lighting That Compliments Your Accessories
Update the lighting. Good lighting is essential in any bathroom as a bad choice of light color leads to making your bathroom look dingy and outdated, updating the lighting can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the space. Aside from changing the color of your lightbulb if needed (we highly recommend you change it if your bathroom’s light is currently yellow as it dims your bathroom and makes it look dingy and even contributes to housing bacteria) try, if possible, to reorganize your wiring to add one or two more small light fixture. A directed light source near your sink and vanity area as well as a light source that is near the shower area will illuminate your bathroom in areas where light is more needed. Trust us, your family members and visitors will thank you when they see how the new lighting makes their experience more convenient.
Invest In A Great Shower Experience
Since your bathroom’s primary use is for you and your family members is for your personal business, it is best to invest in what you use it most to increase the level of comfort and convenience for everyone. Since a shower is used almost daily, it may be a bit pricey to upgrade, but consulting your local home depot and asking for a more modern showerhead as well as knobs and even a heater if you prefer will increase the functionality of your bathroom. If you have an old, outdated shower, consider upgrading to a newer model and you can even opt for cost-effective options which means you shell out money now but will save quite a bit in terms of electricity and water usage in the future, cutting down your utility expenses. Try consulting your family regarding their shower and bathing preferences and buy your new shower model according to everyone’s needs and wants.
Hide All Your Toiletries and Medicine
It is pretty common for bathrooms to have everyone’s personal items out for display in the bathroom. This equates to your bathroom being quite a mess especially if you have a sizeable family. Each person usually has a separate choice of lotions, conditioners, other self-care items, and the like that makes your bathroom a moshpit of personal items with every possible surface being used for storage.
It may sound like a simple fix, but hiding it all away in storage containers will make the biggest difference! Adding storage doesn’t mean you have to spend for fixtured and installed cabinets. It can simply mean buying a waterproof sturdy storage area that can be wheeled around and has a lot of compartments that you can assign to each member of your household. A cheap solution to a big mess but you’ll see the change overnight. Your bathroom will instantly be decluttered. No matter how big or small your bathroom is, additional storage is always welcome.
Clean In-between Tiles and Apply Grout
Another simple fix is buying grout cleaner and scrubbing out your floor. With tiles being the main flooring choice of many contractors, you see the grout or the adhesive that they use to attach the tiles (the white spaces between each tile) turn grimy and dirty over time, and you’ll find that no matter how hard you scrub with soap or brush, it doesn’t completely go back to its previous state of white and/or light grey. With this, a simple fix is buying a special grout cleaner that you can use is scrubbing it down to give your floors a fresh look – grout cleaners are relatively cheap and the best part is, you can store it for a long amount of time for when the dirt in your grout builds up once more and it’s time to scrub it out again.
You can do this once or twice a year and you’ll see the grout build-up significantly reduce over time, making the need for this general cleaning to be done frequently!
Mother Nature’s Touch Makes Everything Better
One last thing you can do is to add a few decorations that are not just aesthetically pleasing but will contribute to healthy airflow in your bathroom as well – plants! You can choose a few hanging plants you can hang on the wall or just one or two pieces to go on your windowsill and you will be able to see it quite literally add life to your bathroom. Depending on what kind and size of plants your space permits, add some! Adding some greenery to your bathroom can bring a fresh, natural element to the space and will even help in fighting bacteria and other organisms that lurk in the dark and damp places of your bathroom. To make sure that maintaining the plants does not become an added chore, you can look into types of plants that are usually placed inside a bathroom. Choose plants that are easy to care for and thrive in humid environments.
These are just some of the cost-effective ways that you can give your bathroom a makeover – the amazing thing is although these are just a few cheap fixes, the changes that you make will be long-lasting and it will be a few years before you would need to make other changes or consider getting upgrades. By following these tips, you can give your bathroom a quick makeover that will refresh the look and feel of the space. Whether you choose to make a few small updates or go for a more significant renovation, these ideas will help you create a bathroom that you and your family will love – just take the time to properly plan out and envision the kind of bathroom you want and you can make it come to life with the help of these tips!