Photo Courtesy: Kristin Nador of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Gone are the days when bathrooms held no hedonistic value whatsoever and were purely utilitarian rooms visited only by family. With changing social norms, bathrooms today are frequently exposed to public scrutiny and can’t afford to remain in their no-frills avatar. Despite that, it is easy to neglect the hygiene and maintenance of your bathroom.
Moreover, constant exposure to moisture and cosmetic products also corrodes bathroom fixtures at a faster rate. However, remodeling your bathroom every few years is an expensive affair. Here are five pocket friendly ways to give your bathroom a budget makeover almost instantly.
1. Rearrange, clean and de-clutter
The first and most inexpensive step in a bathroom makeover involves scrubbing, cleaning, wiping, rearranging and throwing away unwanted stuff. Old shampoo bottles, finished crème tubes and a flaky sink are common sights in every bathroom. With a little tidying up, practical de-cluttering and some meticulous cleaning of sink, tubs and floor tiles, you can liven up the look of your bathroom within minutes at zero cost.
2. Color it pretty
Adding a dash of color can not only brighten up your bathroom, but can also bring a touch of personality to it. Painting the bathroom walls in bright or pastel shades can dramatically improve the overall appeal of the space and inspire more décor ideas. It is recommended that you choose a color that complements or contrasts the colors of the floor tiles and other fixtures, without clashing with them.
You can also color coordinate the bathroom mirror frame, door handle, towels, curtains and rugs for a themed look. A well chosen painting, a vase or a lantern can also liven up the bathroom interiors, while giving it a warm, homely feel.
3. Light it right
Adding overhead lights or hanging lamps with just the right amount of light can further improve your bathroom’s aesthetic appeal. Positioning light sources near the bathroom mirror or opening up a window for natural light can do the trick. You need not even select the priciest lighting options as bathroom lighting is easily available at home furnishing outlets at a comfortable price range.
4. Replace the fixtures
Faulty fixtures, leaky faucets and dingy towel rods can totally kill the aesthetic quality of your bathroom. Although slightly pricy, this step can definitely contribute to good maintenance of your bathroom and enhance the value of your property. While you are at it, you can also reface or replace bathroom cabinets if needed to match the new color scheme. Shower heads, taps, sink and basin replacement can add some sparkle and style without burning a hole in your pocket.
Place some potpourri near your washbasin, supplement the cabinet with bath salts and vibrant hand-towels or add a cozy rug to the bathroom floor. Color coordinated accessories not only bring character to your most private space but also encourage you to keep your bathroom neat and clean.
Above & Below: Julie from Orange County, California, USA, also known as ‘Angry Julie’, managed to transform her bathroom into a real nice one by making some simple and thoughtful changes. Angry Julie spends forty hours a week educating the public that everything they see on television crime dramas is wrong, while taking their photograph at the same time. In addition to working full-time, she has managed her personal blog, Angry Julie Monday. Photo(s) Courtesy: Angry Julie
Bathroom remodeling needn’t be as expensive as it is feared to be. With a consciously designed budget and carefully selected changes, you can give your bathroom an excellent makeover.
Author Bio: Trevor Smith is an architect. He studies the designs of various structures and tries to depict cultural symbols through his designs at PK Constructions.