By Adelaide Irene
The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in your house, but it usually gets the least attention. The bathroom can be more than a place for a quick shower and shave, though; there are many ways you can redo the bathroom without busting your bank account.
1. Light it up!
You’d be amazed as to the power of a few updated lights. Upgrading to a brighter light will instantly make your bathroom seem more spacious. As you can imagine, dimmer rooms seem smaller, and the bathroom is generally the smallest room in the house. Why not optimize the space you’ve got and brighten up the place? Go for some brighter lights; even installing one more bulb around your mirror can go a long way to making things seem brighter.
2. Mirror mirror:
Mary Poppins said it best when, in looking at the tiny mirror in the nanny’s room, she would much prefer to see all of her face at once. If you have a small mirror in your bathroom, your bathroom will seem smaller. In addition, you’ll experience a great deal of aggravation, as much time is spent in front of the bathroom mirror on any given day. But you can do more than simply change up the size of the mirror; if you have a “naked” mirror over your sink – a fairly commonplace occurrence – why not throw a frame around it? You’d be surprised as to the touch of elegance a move like that can bring.
3. Fix the fixtures:
If your budget is really tight, why not simply upgrade the fixtures? You’d be amazed at the change a simple fixture upgrade will give you. Whether you upgrade the knobs on your bathroom cabinetry or redo the fixtures on your sink, the change – and the happiness you get from the change – will surprise you. An old, tired looking bathroom will suddenly have an upgraded, classy feel, and you won’t have lifted a paintbrush.
4. Mood Palette:
Your bathroom may be your haven from the outside world – the place where you can relax in a luxurious bath and soak in serenity before taking on the world again. Why not choose colors that reflect that? Choose colors that you find peaceful and relaxing and use those to brighten up your bathroom. The first thing you have to decide, though, is the mood you really want to generate from your bathroom. Do you want to be energized or relaxed? Hip and cool or edgy? Whatever the choice, find colors to reflect that and from there, go for it. Remember, it’s only paint – if need be, it can be changed very easily.
5. Tidy Up!
If you have a busy lifestyle and have a hard time keeping your bathroom in some semblance of order, finding some new shelving might be the answer. Whether it’s a shelving corner unit or a shelving unit you can hang with hooks underneath, there are a variety of ways you can find to tidy up your bathroom area.
If counter space is an issue, a corner rack for makeup might be an idea; this would allow you to stack everything you need so it’s all in easy reach, rather than having to root through several drawers and packages to find what you’re looking for. The thing to remember with shelving, however, is that if you have open shelving, you truly need to keep things tidy. If you and your bathroom partners can’t handle that, opt for shelving you can stash behind closed doors.
6. Functionality First:
Remember, regardless of what you choose to do to tidy your bathroom, it’s important to ensure you have things set up in a functional manner. Shelving in a corner isn’t going to work if it chews up too much of your counter space, and hooks for towels aren’t practical if there’s no place you can stash them that aren’t in the way. Ensure that when you go to remodel your bathroom – especially if you’re looking for something that will really modernize the room – you’re always considering the functionality of the room first. Not doing that will ultimately work against you and cause greater frustration in the long run.
There are many different ways you can upgrade your bathroom. While you may dream big and have great ideas, it’s important to keep in mind that functionality of the room has got to win out over any idea you may have. If there’s no functionality to this most used of spaces, it’s going to work against you in the long run. So, take your time, plan things out, and have a little fun with it. You’ll be glad you did.