When purchasing a new home or updating your current one, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the changes you want to make. A good way to give your wallet a break is by focusing the renovations on the larger living spaces of your home, like the kitchen and family room, and making inexpensive, incremental updates to smaller spaces, like the bathroom. Typically, a bathroom remodel requires less materials, time, and money due to the room’s size. Therefore, small changes can have a big impact. Here are steps to renovating bathrooms on a budget.
Paint is the easiest way to change the appearance of a room. From light to dark, adding color to the walls can affect how big or small the room feels, plus it changes the aesthetic. Paint is also relatively affordable, especially for smaller spaces. Just one can covers approximately 400 square feet, which is enough for a bathroom. Popular paint company Glidden even offers a paint calculator so you don’t buy too much or too little for your project. It’s common for most bathrooms to be painted a light color in order to make the room appear larger, especially in the absence of windows and other natural lighting.
Small windows or frosted glass typically placed in bathrooms don’t offer functional lighting. Therefore, ambient lighting overhead or alongside a vanity ensures added visibility for daily tasks like applying makeup or shaving. Vertical sidelights on either side of the mirror are ideal for eliminating unflattering shadows. Aside from placement, choose the right fixture can have a big impact on your space. Pay attention to the trends, but choose a shape and finish that is timeless to get the best bang for your buck. Brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze are both on par with today’s style, but are still understated and classic.
Hardware, Knobs, and Pulls
Whichever finish you choose for lighting fixtures should be carried over to smaller metal accessories throughout your bathroom. This includes the shower curtain rod, towel rod, faucets and handles, and cabinet pulls. Simply switching out dated brass fixtures or rusted metals can bring your bathroom back to life. Just make sure to use the same finish throughout for a cohesive look and to match the fixtures to the new paint color. Popular options available at your local hardware store include the two mentioned above, plus stainless steel, chrome, matte black, and brushed brass.
Mirrors are often focal points in the bathroom. We stare into them everyday, yet we don’t consider how they affect the aesthetic of the bathroom. Framing a mirror makes it a lot more appealing to the eye, almost picturesque, you could say. Framing is essentially adding a decorative trim made from baseboard around the edges of a plate glass mirror. If framing a mirror isn’t an option for your bathroom, consider updating it altogether. Look into unique shapes that draw the eye to a focal point or a larger mirror that helps the bathroom appear bigger. Plus, you can purchase many mirrors that are already framed so you can achieve the same desired affect.
Layers in the bathroom are all the additional pieces that you add after the foundation has been laid. Layers typically bring in patterns, prints, or pops of color. They also add texture and comfort that help bathrooms feel homier and less sterile. The layer that makes the biggest difference is the shower curtain. It takes up quite a bit of visible space in the bathroom and the best part about them is that they’re inexpensive. Choose one with a modern pattern or color scheme to freshen up the bathroom. Once you’ve selected a shower curtain, move on to coordinating bath rugs and towels, which add small pops of personality. Layers are especially important for small master bathroom ideas because you don’t want the design to clash with the adjoining mater bedroom.
The best thing about these bathroom improvements is that they can be done over time as you find pieces on sale or save up more money. Plus, they’re all very simple and require no previous construction experience. The key is to purchase items you can keep for a long time or that will be appreciated by the next homeowner.