Our bathrooms are a space that takes on a lot of wear and tear, so you want to keep it functioning well and make good-looking upgrades. Cluttered, poorly designed, or outdated bathrooms can make having a clean and calming space difficult. This is a place in our homes where we find peace and quiet whether it be a long shower, a soothing bath, or a nightly skincare routine. Bathroom updates are an investment in our self-care. They also happen to have a 93.2% return at resale – just something to keep in mind. Consider some of these ideas to help you with your next bathroom update for a relaxing spa-like experience every time you enter.
Tile the Shower Floor
Use small, textured shower tile on your shower floor for a safe upgrade to avoid slipping. The tile is easy to clean, and the grout will resist mold, humidity, and stains. Mix and match different patterns for the maximum visual impact of your style. Ceramic and porcelain tiles have great options that come in many style possibilities and colors.
Add Convenient Storage
Add a recessed medicine cabinet to gain more storage and avoid clutter sitting on your countertops. This is a great option to hide your daily used items in a space easy for you to grab from. These cabinets can fit neatly between wall studs above the bathroom sink, or wherever you need it.
Improve the Lighting
Consider changing or adding to your current lighting to improve the functionality and mood of the space. Try adding a dimmer to the main lights and add recessed lighting around the mirror to give you the best lighting possible when doing hair, makeup, or other tasks that require lots of light.
Update the flooring in your bathroom if it is starting to look dingy and stale. While you’re at it, try adding heated flooring for optimal comfort, especially if you live in a cold climate. Most bathroom tiles are naturally cold and running the floor heating for a little while can cause the tiles to retain heat for a long time. They will add value to your home and save you money on energy costs in the long term.
A new showerhead such as a rain-style one can give your bathroom a luxury spa feel. Or consider trying a low-flow option. They pump out less water, which saves hundreds or thousands of gallons per year.
Give your countertops an update while considering appearance and functionality. For instance, natural stone countertops are expensive, but are durable and fit many different design styles. Marble countertops are a popular choice and appeal to many looks wise but are porous and need regular resealing. Laminate countertops are an inexpensive option but don’t add much to resale value. Tiled countertops can be easy to install, but the grout lines need frequent cleaning. With all that being said, pick what works with your lifestyle and design style.
There are a few options for a vanity update depending on the look you want and the budget you are working with. You can give your existing vanity a fresh coat of paint and modern knobs or try renovating a vintage piece to fit your style. Another cheaper option is to shop for vanity combos with an installed countertop and sink. When choosing to go with a new vanity, remember to consider how much storage space you need.
Accessorize your bathroom with pieces that go together and create a cohesive style. For example, pick towel bars in the finish that coordinates with your faucets. Give bold wallpaper a try to create an upscale look for an affordable price by opting for temporary peel-and-stick wallpaper. Consider a backsplash in your bathroom by creating a statement wall with tile. Upgrade your soft surfaces – new window treatments, rugs, towels, and shower curtains to brighten and refresh your bath.
Bathroom upgrades don’t have to be dreaded or super expensive. Swap out old features as you have the time and money for your own personal oasis.
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