There's no denying it: Bathrooms are expensive. From the fixtures and materials such as tiles and paints to appliances (like bathtubs and toilets), bathrooms can become pricey quickly.
But because bathrooms take a serious beating every day, there is no room for cutting corners when it comes to remodeling or updating yours. And let's be honest: A new bathroom can make your house feel brand new. If you're planning on tackling (or partnering with someone else to tackle) a bathroom renovation project, keep these remodeling tips in mind:
1 - Update Your Space With New Fixtures
Everyone wants to upgrade their home with high-tech gadgets—but don't forget about updating your toilet! As glamorous as they may seem, the charm of an old-fashioned tub and toilet combination will soon lose its appeal. Old fixtures can affect the functionality of your bathroom; we're looking at you, weird shower knobs!
Don't know where to start? Here's what you need:
Bathtub/Shower: Save time and water with modern thermostatic valves (which allow you to control the temperature of the bathwater).
Toilet: No-clog toilets are a great way to cut down on germs and odors. If those aren't available, try replacing the tank lid with a bidet seat for a new twist on an old classic.
Sink: A simple change in the sink can make a big difference. Look for one with space to store items like soap and razors if you want some extra room in your bathroom cabinet or vanity.
Lighting: You can go for lights that produce the same kind of light (LED), but look for fixtures that also have motion sensors, so that they come on when you enter the room.
2 - Make The Most Of A Narrow Bathroom
When it comes to small bathrooms, everything is more complicated—from designing a layout to choosing storage solutions. If your bathroom is short on floor space, try hanging a shelf above the toilet for towels and toiletries within arm's reach after a shower.
If your bathroom is long and narrow, you can make the most of the space by installing a couple of floating shelves from Ikea or The Container Store; they come in different shapes and sizes to fit any kind of bathroom space.
3 - Add A Shower Seat Or Bench
Are you short on space? Who isn't? And what will become even more apparent as we age, is that it becomes harder to take those relaxing baths we've always loved. But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean that you have to give up on your luxurious bathtub- especially not if there's room for a shower seat or bench!
A shower seat can provide an easier way for older adults (or those with limited mobility) to get in and out of the tub—and with any luck, you'll be able to spend even more time soaking in your favorite bubble bath.
4 - Update Your Flooring
Another key tip for smaller bathrooms is to update your flooring. Because most people only take their shoes off in the bathroom when they're heading directly into the shower, it's likely that your floor will get wet at some point. That's why hard vinyl floors are better suited in these types of spaces than carpets or tiles; they won't absorb water like other materials will, allowing them to keep their good looks after repeated cleanings.
5 - Find An Area To Store And Hang Extras
A small bathroom is a great opportunity to maximize your storage space. If you have a sink with bathroom cabinets below it, try adding an extra shelf for storing items like shampoo and soap bottles so that they aren't taking up floor space.
For those of us who are more vertically challenged, a good tip is to hang an over-the-door shoe organizer on the back of the bathroom door; it's a great way to store extra toilet paper and other products you use regularly without having them cluttering up your counters or vanity (or falling into your tub when you're not looking).
6 - Make Sure You Have Enough Light To See By!
Don't underestimate how important lighting can be in bathrooms—incandescent lightbulbs simply won't cut it, because they give off too much heat, which means that your bathroom will quickly turn into a sauna.
Instead, look for LED lightbulbs—they're more energy-efficient than old-fashioned incandescents and are built to withstand moisture better. You can get them at major home improvement stores or online - just make sure that the package says "suitable for use in wet areas."
7 - Think About Where The Sun Shines In!
Another great way to save on lighting costs is to make sure you have natural light shining in where possible; not only will you be able to see what you're doing in your bathroom when you turn the lights on (so no stubbed toes!), but opening up the room like this will make it feel much bigger and more inviting!
8 - Decorate With Mirrors And Plants
High-quality bathroom mirrors are a must-have in any bathroom, but if you've got a smaller space that seems to lack character or inspiration, then they can be especially helpful; by reflecting what little light there is back into the room (and making it look like there's more than there actually is), mirrors can trick your mind into thinking that your bathroom is larger than it really is.
Another great addition for small bathrooms—or bathrooms of any size, for that matter—plants; not only do they add some life to an otherwise drab-looking space, but studies show that having plants near windows (or in oxygen-producing bathrooms) can make you feel more relaxed and less stressed.
9 - Keep Things Neat And Tidy!
One of the best ways to make sure that your bathroom feels as spacious as possible is to keep it neat and tidy with a few quick touch-ups every now and then. Taking the time to wipe down the counters, clean out those old soap bottles from under the sink, and give things a good dusting on a regular basis will have your small bathroom looking bigger in no time flat—and before you know it, you'll be taking relaxing bubble baths again just like you used to!
10 - Add A Skirted Tub
One of the most popular small bathroom decorating tips that we've heard from readers and bloggers alike is to add a skirted tub; it's much more aesthetically pleasing than having your bathtub ring gracing your bathroom all year round, and it makes the whole space look brighter and more spacious. If you're nervous about installing one yourself because you don't think you've got the skills or tools to do so - fear not! There is now an endless number of gorgeous skirts available for purchase online—as well as in home improvement stores—that really dress up any bathtub.
The bathroom is a place that's hard to decorate, but not impossible! So there you have it - 10 awesome decorating tips and tricks to help you create a bathroom that's as comfortable and relaxing as your favorite living room!