Bathrooms, like every other room in your house, will eventually fall out of fashion. If yours is beginning to show its age, you have two options. You can renovate your bathroom in stages, or opt for a complete renovation.
You’ll get more options for updating the look with a full remodel, but that may not be in your budget. If it isn’t, fear not! There’s a lot you can do to refresh your space without spending a lot of money. Check out the tips below for inspiration.
Add Decorative Touches
Sometimes all it takes to freshen up a bathroom is some art on the walls, a decorative clock, a few succulents on a shelf, or whatever decorative touches appeal to you. If you already include decorative elements in your bathroom design, change them around.
Swap your artwork for photographs or update their frames. Change plants for decorative knickknacks. These little touches draw the eye and can give your room a whole new feel. Repaint the walls at the same time for a drastic change.
Transform Your Bathroom Design By Painting Your Cabinetry
If your vanity, wood medicine cabinet, or other storage pieces are scratched, beaten, and bedraggled, you can refresh them (and the look of your bathroom) with a coat of paint. Don’t limit yourself to black, white, grey, or brown. Be bold! Your cabinetry could become the star of the show if you choose a color that pops.
Be sure to rough up the original finish with sandpaper to make certain the new paint adheres. You’ll also want to repair damaged spots and fill in any holes ahead of time.
Upgrade Your Vanity With Found Furniture
If painting doesn’t jazz up your cabinetry enough, your next option is to replace it. But buying a unique vanity can get pretty pricey. So don’t use a vanity! With a little modification, you can use antique bureaus, desks, credenzas, buffets, and chests instead. You just need to cut a hole in the top for your sink and then make room for the plumbing inside.
You can nab an inexpensive piece that’s never been used in a bathroom before at antique and other vintage stores. Refresh its finish, and you’ll have a bathroom design conversation piece you can be proud of.
Update Your Hardware, Fixtures, and Lighting
For a few hundred dollars you can replace your lighting and sink fixtures, vanity hardware, towel bars, and floating shelves to create a whole new aesthetic. Choose a different finish and make keep it consistent.
In the lion’s share of bathrooms, the toilet, tub, and sink don’t contribute to the overall style. It’s the fixtures that carry the load. Change them and you change your bathroom.
Add Wainscoting For a Traditional Bathroom Design
Wainscoting is decorative wood paneling that’s installed on the lower part of your wall. It adds a traditional or rustic flavor while simultaneously offering water damage protection. It’s inexpensive, easy to install and paint, and adds significant visual interest. As a bonus, it helps small bathrooms feel larger!
Replace Your Medicine Cabinet With a Decorative Mirror
Hanging mirrors come in all manner of shapes, sizes, and finishes, offering far more options than traditional medicine cabinets. If you already have plenty of storage, swap your medicine cabinet for a decorative mirror, the larger the better.
Don’t limit yourself to what you can find at big-box retailers and home stores. Vintage and antique stores, flea markets, and even yard sales can turn up one-of-kind mirrors to spice up your bathroom design.
Add Task and Mood Lighting
In larger bathrooms, you can boost the mood by adding smaller lighting fixtures for task and highlight purposes. Divide them between switches so you can isolate just the lights you need. Adding dimmers gives you even more control over your bathroom’s appearance. You’ll need an electrician, which adds to the cost, but the upgrade is still fairly affordable.
Upgrade Your Bathroom Design Further
If you’re interested in more substantial changes than we’ve discussed here, it’s worth consulting with a professional. You might be surprised to learn what’s achievable with a given budget. The right contractor may be able to give you the bathroom you want at a price you can afford.
If you live in the Stanwood and Camano Island, WA area, Cannon Construction Group could be that contractor. Give us a call. We’ll discuss your bathroom hopes and dreams and help you craft a plan to make them a reality. Contact us today! Remote appointments are available.