Redecorating bathrooms is a huge business. In fact, bathroom design has become more of a movement than just a business, with an estimated $158 billion being spent according to figures published by the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. Bathrooms comprise almost half of that total.
Whether you can’t afford to spend much on a bathroom remodel or would just rather not, there are plenty of ways to redecorate a bathroom without matching the national debt. If you are looking for a way to do Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget, here are 10 ideas that will help.
1. Become green.
One way to decorate a bathroom that is quick, easy, and inexpensive is to add plants. A plant can be selected that will add virtually any color of the rainbow to brighten a bathroom and improve your mood. Plants will also help to purify the air in a confined area. They will also help to reduce moisture by absorbing the dampness. Some of the best plants that add color and utility to a bathroom are peace lilies, bamboo palms, Boston ferns, and weeping figs.
2. Update Tilework.
Tile has been popular for use in bathrooms for years. Not only is it affordable and will dress up a bathroom better and faster than usually thought, but it’s easy to clean as well.
There are plenty of ideas out there for how tile can be used, and they won’t blow your budget. Perhaps best of all, tile will last for years and is unlikely to go out of style any time soon.
To save even more on your tile expense try to limit it to areas that are likely to get splashed with water or suffer from steam. Areas, where less tile is used, can be painted with mold-resistant paint to prevent damage.
3. The Latest and greatest: Art.
There was a time when art was a decorating option for nearly every room of the house except the bathroom. Today, however, art is becoming more commonplace for every room in a home, including the bathroom. Art in virtually any form—from painting to sculpture—is in just as great a demand for bathrooms as for any other room in a house.
To begin, paint a wall, then add some kind of art that has a primary color to complement the rest of the room. Try picking out some gift-frame art that add a touch of glamour to the bathroom. There’s nothing like being able to see a picture of your family while soaking in the tub.
One concern many people have over adding art to the bathroom is keeping it protected from moisture. This can be done by limiting the amount of steam via good ventilation. Frames can also be sealed and kept away from the wall with bumper pads add to each corner.
4. Update the bathtub and shower.
One of the most expensive items to replace in a bathroom is the tub or shower. If you think replacing these is your only option, think again. Instead, a tub or shower can be given a fresh new look by removing stains, resurfacing it, and touching up the old grout. This job takes patience, but the new look will be well worth the effort. Best of all, that new look will last for years.
Another way to make your tub or shower looks great is to cover everything around it. Paint, tile, wallpaper, or other surfacing can be used to make the surrounding area look great.
5. Spread some color.
A few small pieces of décor in complementary colors will give your bathroom a totally new look. Colorful new towels, a soap dish/toothbrush holder, and other items will give your bathroom an immediate new life. Colorful candles (don’t forget scents) are an attractive and inexpensive way to add a relaxing touch.
Little things like these can not only make your bathroom stand out, but you might be tempted to go in and never come out.
6. Window work.
Windows can be made to look practically new without even touching them by replacing curtains and other coverings. Not only are there many types and styles of curtains to choose from, but a look can be updated with blinds, shades, and even shutters. Letting your likes and dislikes dictate the look of your windows will guarantee that they will end up being very unique.
7. Cabinets and class.
Despite what many people think, cabinets are one of the easiest things in a bathroom to upgrade. All that’s needed is some water-resistant paint and a little drying time. Even the hardware can be easy to replace to fit a new style.
When you go shopping for your new hardware, be sure to have your old fittings with you so that you purchase something with the same screw configuration. This way there is no need to fill old holes and drill new ones.
8. Recycled chic.
Thrift shops and second-hand stores are a great place to find tons of finds for bathroom redecorating. Look enough and there might even be faucets, bathroom furniture, and other items.
Shopping online has become the latest source for nearly everything, including new looks for your bathroom. Not only can these treasures be found in numerous stores and outlets, but it can also be used for comparison shopping.
9. Flat on the floor.
As ugly as a floor can become over time, it can be remarkably easy to bring it back to life. There are ready to cut carpets available, throw rugs, and other options. If there is a wood floor in the bathroom, try refinishing it. There is also vinyl flooring that looks great and is surprisingly inexpensive.
10. Lighting up.
As daunting as replacing lighting might seem, achieving a new look can be remarkably easy. Get rid of an old light cover or shade to create something that is nothing short of dazzling. There are still other lighting options, including pendant lights, wall sconces, and even stick-on lights, to add a dash of snazzy.
Adding Up the Savings
Suffice it to say that considerable amounts of money can be saved when redecorating a bathroom. All it takes for a totally new look is planning, a little resourcefulness, and some creativity.
Before you finalize your bathroom remodelling budget, remember to calculate how much value the renovations are likely to add to your property. Fortunately, bathroom upgrades can have a significant impact on the resale value of your home, but to get a more accurate number, have a look at this easy-to-use ARV calculator. It can help you workout the current value of your home, based on the selling price of comparable homes in your area.