>> Jun 12, 2013
Updating your bathroom is one of the most effective makeovers a homeowner can invest in. It provides an aesthetically pleasing environment and can add a lot of value to your home if you plan on selling. However, bathroom updates are also some of the most expensive projects. Therefore, homeowners who wish to perk up their bathroom and still stick to a strict budget should consider adhering to a few guidelines.
Change accessories for a new look
For just around $100, you can easily change the look and feel of your bath by simply changing your bathroom accessories. For example, placing baskets or shelves around the bathroom sink can present practical storage solutions and improve the room’s overall visual appearance. You can also update toothbrush and toilet paper holders along with soap dispensers and towels to create a different look in their bathroom.
White still wins out
Re-painting the walls is another budget-friendly way to perk up any room. The best color really depends on lighting and the size of a bathroom. Darker colors like deep brown or hazel look better in larger bathrooms with lots of natural light. However, if you have a small bathroom or one with a low level of natural light, choosing a light color such as off-white or gray is best. According to the NKBA, gray has witnessed a dramatic rise since 2010 but still comes in third behind white and off-white.
Pay attention to the floors
When it comes to bathroom floors, ceramic and porcelain tile are still the most popular choices according to the NKBA. Natural stone is still the second most popular flooring choice but it can be a little expensive to install. A good alternative is linoleum flooring that mimics the look of stone. This type of flooring works great in bathrooms and is relatively inexpensive. However, if you wish to invest slightly more money tile is most likely the best option. Nevertheless, it is imperative to consider the cost of installing tile since tiling a bathroom floors is a skill that not all homeowners have acquired. Regardless of the flooring choice, updating your bathroom floors is most often inexpensive and has a pleasing impact on the overall look of the room.
Give your vanity an updated look
If you have the money to invest, you should consider replacing or refinishing your vanity. Changing faucet styles or replacing your cabinet hardware will also have a dramatic effect on the overall appearance of the room. For even greater effect, homeowners should consider updating the light fixtures as well. Even if you end up changing all the faucets, light fixtures and hardware, you will still only be investing a relatively small amount of money while still yielding a great return on investment.
No other room in your home, with the exception of the kitchen perhaps, dates a home as much as the bathroom. Green tile and tacky wallpaper speak of bygone decades, meaning a bathroom decked in these elements conjures up a certain time period, one you may not want to be reminded of.
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