You bathroom is likely the smallest room in your home, but it’s the room that just about all visitors will enter. This makes having a stylish and updated space all the more important. A bathroom upgrade will increase the value of your home as well as make you feel less anxious when you have company. If your its showing its age, here are a few bathroom update ideas you might want to take on.

Photo of mirrors in bathroom

Upgrade your flooring

Your bathroom floor has to live through so much abuse. From years of hairspray over spray, small children with bad aim, and spills of soaps, shampoos, and other beauty products; that floor has seen it all. It’s likely, if you have ceramic tile, that the grout is no longer pristine and clean. No amount of bleach can bring some floors back to life. This is why you should think about upgrading it.

You definitely want to pull up any carpeting in bathroom areas. I’ll never understand this choice for a bathroom. Carpet does not generally hold up well in wet areas. The best choices are ceramic or porcelain or vinyl flooring. Laminate flooring, also can stand up to wet areas better than carpet. Just be sure you choose flooring that is more slip resistant when wet. Bath mats add color and a bit of flare to your space while protecting from slips and falls.

Upgrade your vanity

If your bathroom has no storage area or pantry, think about replacing the vanity. Changing out your vanity sounds daunting, but it’s not as difficult as it may sound. You can find many styles of ready made vanities that come with the counter and sink in one package. Many of these have lots of drawers and even cabinets with a shelf for extra storage.

It’s worth changing out an old non functional vanity with a more versatile style. And there is just something about having a brand new piece of bathroom furniture. It changes the entire look of the room. Plus you will get the storage space you desperately need for toothbrushes, toothpaste, medicines, toiletries, and more.

Update your lighting

Changing out your bathroom lighting is an easy way to give a new look to your space. Think about the type of lighting you need. Bathroom lighting is usually brighter than mood lighting in other rooms. You need your mirror to have plenty of light so you can see to apply make up and style your hair, or for men to be able to see clearly to shave their faces.

This lighting should be bright but not harsh. Most bathroom lighting sort of faces you instead of shines down from over head. Most bathroom light fixtures do both since they are installed directly over mirrors in most cases. They wind up being in front of your face but up a little. There are countless styles of bathroom light fixtures. You can really make a statement with this lighting. A brighter bathroom can make the bathroom feel larger and gives the feeling of warmth.

Faucets can add style

A small but easy change to make is to swap your old bathroom faucets with new. Think about a new finish you haven’t used like oil rubbed bronze or nickel. There are innovations that make bathroom faucets feel very contemporary. One of our upstairs bathrooms has faucets that light up when turned on. I don’t know if this is particularly functional, but my grandkids think they are the coolest! Faucets are that small detail that shows extra care went into your bathroom renovation.

Add a pop of color

Don’t neglect the style of the room. When thinking of a bathroom renovation, you might want to consider adding a pop of color. The bathroom is a great place to experiment with design ideas. Since it’s a small room; it’s easy to correct color that might not work. Paint the walls a relaxing sage green and add an accent wallpaper. Consider a wall stencil to add a great palm leaf pattern or damask pattern if you’re fancy.

Add shelves to a wall and display your bath oils and salts in a creative design. Pretty towels that people can use also add to the bathroom’s décor. Don’t hang towels you don’t want people to use to try their hands. That’s a waste. You can find great quality, beautiful towels that wash up just as beautifully as standard towels. 

You don’t have to break the bank

Updating your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank. There are dozens of ways you can add cost-saving ideas and renovations to improve your bathroom for under $100. Check out surplus warehouses to find light fixtures and faucets. There are online marketplaces that are great places to look for vintage items. If your vanity works for you but you’re tired of the color; paint it. The cabinetry is likely on the small size so don’t let it scare you.

Deep clean

Giving the bathroom a deep clean is the best improvement you can make. Remove all the portable furniture and scrub those baseboards and floors. Get in there an get to work on tile and grout cleaning to bring you tub surrounds back to life. Simply removing any clutter and unnecessary items from the room and giving everything a good polish can transform it. Just cleaning the mirrors makes a big impact. Be sure you use the cheapest paper towels when cleaning those mirrors. More expensive towels actually have additives that can be left behind on the mirror.

If you don’t have the time or the stomach for a deep clean, hire a cleaning service once a month to knock it out for you.

I hope these tips help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

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