Are you ready to update an old bathroom, or simply refresh your current design? Remodeling can cost thousands, making it an option that’s completely out of reach for homeowners living on a budget. In fact, Angie’s List reports that a bathroom remodel can cost between $10,000 and $15,000- yowza!
Luckily you don’t need a complete redo to make your bathroom or powder room more modern and stylish. These bathroom ideas on a budget are a great way to bring a new look and feel into the space without breaking the bank. Read on to find out how to refresh your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of a remodel:
Change up the Color Scheme
Sometimes all a bathroom needs is a new color scheme to give it a great look. Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls and choose coordinating linens and design details. Hang up new artwork, a stylish shower curtain, and invest in plush new towels.
These simple changes won’t cost much at all but can help you achieve the look you want in your bathroom without busting out a hammer or dipping into your bank account.
Update Hardware & Fixtures
This is an easy way to spend just a little but make a big impact. Swap outdated or unstylish fixtures for sleek new ones. Coordinate the sink faucet with the shower/tub handles and faucet. Change drawer pulls with new hardware to match the fixture finishes. Look for a low flow shower head to save even more money.
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One way to transform the look of old tile is by giving the grout a deep cleaning. Yes, simply giving the grout a good cleaning can instantly refresh an older bathroom, and it’s so easy to do! Scrub grout on the floors, walls, and in the shower stall/tub area to make it sparkle to give your bathroom a fresh appearance. Here’s a great guide on how to clean grout.
Outdated light fixtures or ugly lighting around a vanity mirror can really detract from your bathroom’s style. Choose modern, stylish light fixtures and change up the bulbs for the brightness that complements the room. Keep the lighting soft but bright enough to be functional. Add a dimmer so you can transform it into your own personal spa retreat when you need to relax.
Add Chair rail
An affordable way to add visual interest without spending money on the tile is by adding chair rail. This allows you to split the wall in half, visually speaking, so that you can paint it 2 different colors. Use a darker color on the bottom and a lighter or shade of white on the top half. Using this design trick can also give your ceilings the appearance of being higher, which is great for smaller bathrooms.
Or, reverse it and use white beadboard on the bottom half of the wall and paint a darker color on top. Just be sure to choose moisture resistant beadboard suitable for use in bathrooms.
Look at the Little Details
If you’re really limited by how much you can spend, focus in on the little details. Choose a new look for the space and buy a few accessories to bring it to life, like new curtains or a valance, fresh bath towels, and new rugs. Opt for new storage bins or baskets, a new wastebasket, toothbrush holder, and soap dispenser.
These seemingly small and simple details can give you a great new look that you’ll love until you can afford a more major renovation.