You can very easily pour a ton of money into a bathroom remodel, but there are more cost-effective options, well below $1,000, for the average home owner. You spend time in the bathroom every day. It should be a place of comfort for a relaxing soak in the tub or just getting ready during a busy morning. Here are some signs that your bathroom could use a little work.
Crisp, Neutral Palette
White, gray, and black will add an element of beauty to your space. Funky hues can be one of the most noticeable signs that a bathroom is out of date. People are coming back to the white, timeless look, be it a very modern-style white or something with a little more traditional flare.
Take a Photo
Taking a photo of your bathroom may give you a better sense of things you may not see otherwise. It is odd how you can see in a picture what you can’t see with your own eyes. You become blind to the mismatched color palette or the junk on the vanity counter top.
Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh
If, when you walk into your bathroom, you notice the old bathroom smell, check out the toilet’s wax seal. Also, it may time to replace your ventilation fan with one that has adequate air flow for the size of your bathroom. If you are just replacing the fan, this is a project you can handle on your own.
Try a New Vanity Cabinet
If your cabinet is in good shape, you might want to replace just the top. However, if you are low on storage, install a larger vanity, or add shelves above the toilet.
Change the Layout
Install a separate water closet. It gives a nice bit of refinement to the room when the toilet isn’t sitting out in the middle. Odd arrangements, such as a toilet directly next to the bathtub, are typical in bungalows and houses built in the 1920’s-1940’s when plumbing was a new phenomenon.
Reducing Water Usage
An environmental way to update your bathroom is by conserving water. When brown water stains appear on the ceiling below the bathroom, it’s definitely time to make repairs and update. Take the opportunity to put in modern fixtures that conserve water and speak to your style.
New light fixtures easily brighten and modernize the space. If you’re either blinded by the lights that are overhead, or squinting because it’s so dim you can barely see yourself in the mirror, that’s a problem. Better light fixtures and brighter light bulbs may be the first step on your path to a bathroom redo.
If you have old wallpaper or popcorn ceilings still hanging around from decades past, your bathroom is due for an update. Wallpaper is making a comeback, so think about using it in a new way. A small powder room may look great if you put wallpaper on the ceiling to give it a different pop.
Increase the Value of Your Home
If you’re not interested in fixing up your bathroom for yourself, do it for your home’s next owners. A fancy new washroom can add just the right panache to spur potential buyers to action. Redoing a bathroom that’s just an eyesore within the house might make a huge difference in the sale of your home.
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