The bathroom is one of the most important parts of the home. It’s where you can spend much-needed “me time” at the end of the day. Picture yourself soaking in warm water, with fresh scents surrounding you as you wash your worries away.
But what if your bathroom isn’t an indoor oasis? What if it’s adding stress instead? An old and outdated bathroom isn’t exactly the best place to try to be “at peace”. If your bathroom is due for a do-over, but you’re concerned about the cost, don’t worry. You can transform your bathroom while staying within budget.
It’s absolutely possible to elevate your bathroom without breaking the bank. With these simple steps, you can beautify your bathroom and transform it into a space that belongs in Architectural Digest.
#1 Hang Bold Bathroom Wallpaper
Looking for a low-cost way to breathe life into your bathroom? Wallpapers with big and bold prints are your best bet. If you’re feeling fancy, opt for floral wallpaper, but be sure that it has big patterns. Don’t make the mistake of decorating your bathroom with wallpapers that will take you back to the 1940s. If possible, use peel-and-stick wallpaper as it’s less pricey.
#2 Add a Vintage Vanity
The cost to redo your bathroom cabinetry can range from $500 to $1,200. If you’d rather spend that money on something else, get ready to do some DIY-ing. Shop for vintage vanities on the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Choose one with dimensions that will work with your space, and that comes with a sink and sufficient counter space. If you already own a vintage vanity, spruce it up by painting it in a solid color.
#3 Install a Bathroom Backsplash
By adding a backsplash to your bathroom, you can create a “statement wall” that will put all wallpapers to shame. Choose geometric tiles that go with your current wall tiles. For more flair, opt for playful patterns and colors. If you’re concerned about cleanliness, opt for ceramic tiles that offer a matte finish. To make the bathroom look bigger, be sure to choose a backsplash that’s a similar shade to the rest of the tiles.
Pro Tip: If you’re redoing your rental property’s bathroom, opt for gray-toned tiles that “hide” the dust and dirt. Porcelain tiles are also perfect for rental properties as they last a long time. They’re also resistant to stains. These tiles can be pricey, but by getting a property management service, you can save on your labor costs.
#4 Hang a Mirror
When it comes to choosing a statement piece, you should buy something that’s both pretty and practical. After all, you’re dealing with limited space, so each piece of decor should serve a specific purpose. Mirrors are a must-have in every bathroom, but to elevate them, you should buy a statement mirror. Don’t settle for standard mirrors with stainless steel frames. Instead, select a mirror that adds “pizzazz” to the utilitarian room.
#5 Swap the Light Fixtures
You’d be surprised at how brand-new your bathroom will look by changing out the lights. For a contemporary look, consider wall-mounted lights that brighten the “essential” areas of the bathroom. For a classic look, consider a chandelier that adds sparkle and shine.
You should also remember that color temperature matters. Light bulbs labeled with 3500K to 4100K are better suited for bathrooms, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try other color temperatures. Warm lighting of 2700K and 3000K creates a calm atmosphere that’s similar to a spa.
Pro Tip: Install LED lights as these last longer. That way, you won’t have to worry about property maintenance for a pretty long time.
#6 Repaint the Bathtub
All it takes to transform your bathroom is a bit of elbow grease. Get creative with your clawfoot tub by treating it to a coat of paint. You’ll have to prime the tub before you can paint it, but be careful if it’s covered in rust. Additionally, b sure to use water-resistant paint. If you don’t want to DIY it, be prepared to pay around $479 for professional “refinishing” or “resurfacing”.
#7 Add More Storage
Renting out your property? Your potential tenants will be willing to pay more if the bathroom has plenty of storage space. Rather than providing your tenants with the typical “over-the-toilet” shelf, build a cheap bathroom cabinet that can store all of their stuff.
Add more storage to the shower, too! Shower shelves are inexpensive add-ons that can enhance your showering experience.
#8 Switch to a Handheld Sprayer
A handheld sprayer can help you take better baths. If you’ve ever had a hard time rising your hair, a handheld sprayer is the solution. Plus, since they can be detached, chores such as cleaning the shower walls are also a lot easier. You should also consider swapping out your showerhead for something more durable such as brass or stainless steel.
#9 Change Your Shower Curtain
You should change your shower curtain and shower curtain liner twice a year to prevent mold and mildew. Choose a curtain with a design that’s drastically different from your current shower curtain. Opt for patterned curtain panels that add a designer touch to the shower. This simple tip can instantly transform the space. Best of all, it’s budget-friendly!
#10 Hide the Curtain Rod
Shower curtain rods are an eyesore. To hide them, hang the curtains from the ceiling. Not only does this tuck them away, but it also makes the room feel more open. Hence, if you have a tiny home, positioning the curtain rod as high as possible can make the room feel more, well, roomy.
As you can see, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to transform a space. By tapping into your inner interior designer, you can create the bathroom of your dreams.
Don’t have time to DIY? At Luxury Property Care, we can conduct complete bathroom renovations on your behalf. Not only will we sort your stuff and spruce up your space, but we’ll also wait for contractors so that you don’t have to. As your full-service property management firm, we’re here to make your home improvement projects possible.