If your bathroom is old, ugly, dirty, or disorganized, you don’t have to live with it. And you don’t have to overhaul it either. Small changes and small bills can help you love your bathroom again. Here are 11 ways you can make it happen.
1. Change your lighting… or at least the glass
A lighting update can bring a fresh, new look to your bathroom. But if you’re not an electrician or if what you want is too pricey, new glass shades can breathe new life into old fixtures. You can find a variety of styles at Home Depot and Lowes priced between $4 and $20 apiece.
2. Paint your cabinets
Who says you have to stick with the medium wood grain look you were handed? Grab some sandpaper and your favorite color and transform it. If your cabinets are brown, you may want to go white for a classic look that never goes out of style. Or, adopt a trend and bring gray or blue into your cabinets for a modern touch.
3. New towels and bath mats
It seems like an easy fix…because it is. Talk about minimum effort, maximum reward. If you can drag yourself to a Target, Macy’s, Bed, Bath and Beyond, or, our favorite for items like this, Tuesday Morning, you can simply and inexpensively revamp your bathroom and give it an updated, plush feel.
4. Change your shower head
You can change out a showerhead for under $20, but for a bit more, you can transform your shower into a spa-like experience. The Delta In2ition has a shower head and hand shower and is just $79.
5. New vanity
Yes, you can get a new vanity for under $100. This version from Home Depot comes in a few colors (we’re partial to the white) and has an engineered composite top that resembles stone. It’s a quick and easy way to modernize a powder bath. Or, bring in a pair for a smaller guest bath.
6. Organize it
It’s often what’s inside the drawers and cabinets that makes the bathroom unappealing. You might have enough space – you just need to use it right. An organizer with drawers is one of our favorite items for keeping everything tidy inside the cabinets. For makeup drawers, measure the length and width and then mix and match a series of plastic organizers.
7. Tile it
Peel and stick tile continues to be one of our favorite things. Inexpensive and easy to use, it can help you quickly and easily transform a space. If you don’t have a wall suitable for tiling in the bathroom, you can bring new interest to the room by tiling around the perimeter of your bathroom mirror.
8. Paint the door
It’s often overlooked, but your bathroom door can become a focal point when painted in a bold or complementary color. Get some ideas on Houzz.
9. The right lighting
Experts recommend sconces at the side of a bathroom mirror instead of lighting over the mirror. It creates fewer shadows and is optimum for shaving and applying makeup. But even if the placement of your lighting isn’t changeable, you can still adjust the brightness level by making sure you have the right bulbs.
“In the master or guest bathrooms, use fixtures that provides 75 to 100 watts’ worth of illumination,” said Forbes. “You can get these wattage equivalents in a 24- to 26-watt compact fluorescent or 20- to 25-watt LED.”
10. Create some ambiance
Candles in clusters around the tub are a given. But you can create an inviting bathroom with other special touches as well.
A few pieces of inexpensive wall art in your design style, a unique scent diffuser, and a duo of decorative hand towels is all you need to create a more pulled together space.
If you’re not inclined to buy anything or change anything, you can still make an impact on your space. Put your gloves on, get your bleach out and clean that sucker. You’ll kill off any lingering germs, and make it smell and look good.