Give your bathroom a new look without spending a lot of time or money on this redecorating project.
It’s been said time and time again, bathroom and kitchen redecorating projects are the ones that will really boost the resale value of your home, but what if you don’t have a lot of money to put into a total renovation. The following decorating tips can help you give your bathroom that overhaul it needs without spending a lot of time or money in the process.
- Review your Bones. Take a good look at your bathroom, from every angle, and analyze the features. Take note of the fixtures, the windows, the floor, the walls, the storage options. Make note of the good and bad points and what needs to stay. Try to see your room for the potential it has, not the room that it currently is,
- Work with the Permanent. Since this is a quick re-do you won’t be adding skylights or making windows larger, or probably even replacing the fixtures and tiling. So, your first step is to give everything a thorough cleaning. If you can get the mold and other stains out of your bathroom then you’ve saved that area and won’t need to replace it. This will probably be the most time-consuming aspect of the re-do but it’s really something you should do anyway.
Once the room is cleaned you need to look at it with a fresh eye. Are the fixtures an ugly color? Instead of replacing them, minimize them by decorating around them. Harvest gold can actually become a great color if you use a bold color to contrast with it. Consider a deep red wall color with gold stripes or faux finishing touches. Suddenly the harvest gold sink gets lost and your eye focuses on the attractive wall finish.
Colored tile is similar in that you may want to minimize it, but you want to make sure it looks like you meant it to be there, that it was part of your design plan. Select colors that compliment it and give it fresh, new meaning.
- Replace What you Can. Brass appliances and fixtures should be replaced because they’re so outdated. Spruce up the room with clean, fresh, new fixtures. Inexpensive replacements can be found at every home supply store and they’re typically a pretty easy do-it-yourself project. Be thorough though; don’t forget to change toilet handles, faucets, mirrors and anything else that’s outdated. New shower curtains, window treatments, bathmats, towels, and accessories breathe new life into a bathroom and help give it an entirely new feel.
- Add Light and Life. Bathrooms tend to be dark and drab. Adding light to the room improves the overall look and adds a sense of cleanliness. Hang window treatments on the outside of windows to make the window seem larger. Use sheers or light-colored shades to let more light in. Change lighting fixtures to add brightness and visual interest.
Bring life into the room by adding luxury items that make you feel pampered and happy and don’t be afraid to display these items. If you love bubble baths then spend a little extra to buy the bath soap and salts that you dream of. Put them on display in decorative jars on a new shelf. Give your bathroom re-do the little touches that make it uniquely special for you and your family.