Every homeowner wants their bathroom to look nice, but not every homeowner has the budget set aside to do extensive remodeling work. While nothing can take the place of a full remodeling job (replacing or refurnishing cabinets, putting in a new tub, expanding the space), you might be surprised at how many little tricks can make a big difference. If you have a sense of style, you can make the space look interesting and even expensive without spending a lot of money. If you’re ready to get started, here are some tips that can help.
Define a Theme
The bathroom is the one space in your house where you can really let your creative juices flow. Yet, so often people neglect the room, doing little more than just making sure it looks clean. It can be so much more than that! Have some fun with it. Think of a theme (it really doesn’t matter what) and start decorating around that theme. Take the beach for example. This is an easy one, because you can readily find a million odds and ends that you can use to complete the theme. But don’t restrict yourself to mass market items like those shower hooks from Target and those beach-themed rugs from Wal-Mart. Get creative.
When you think about places to hang your pictures, the bathroom is probably the last place you think of. And while it probably isn’t appropriate to put your child’s school portrait above the toilet, there’s no reason why the walls need to be bare. Buy some artwork and hang it up. A giant, elaborate painting won’t look quite right, but there are plenty of smaller pictures and pieces of art that will fit in beautifully. If you’re following the theme idea, you’ll instantly know what to look for. Your theme might even be “art museum”, in which case maybe that elaborate painting will fit right in after all.
Update your Fixtures
It costs a lot less to put in a new faucet than it does a new sink. The same goes for the bathtub and even the toilet. Head to your favorite hardware store and take a gander at some of the choices you have when it comes to faucets and fixtures. Many homeowners never think to replace these unless the ones they had already broke. But replacing that old chrome faucet with a new gold one might be just the update your bathroom needs to look like you spent much more money than you really did.