How to Make Bathroom Updates that Break the Mold Not the Bank

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How to Make Bathroom Updates that Break the Mold Not the Bank
Is your current bathroom out-of-date or lacking style? If you are ready to update your bathroom, you have a multitude of options – from a complete renovation to simply updating the decor.

And, changes on any level can have a huge impact on the room. This is especially good news for the homeowner wanting to update their bathroom on a smaller budget. Even relatively inexpensive bathroom upgrades that focus on updating decor and functional elements, like hardware and faucets, can go a long way.

Start your bathroom renovations with a budget

Before you can start any remodeling project, you have to set a budget and create a design plan. First, decide how you are going to finance the project and how much you want to spend.  You have options from borrowing with a home equity loan or line of credit to tapping into your savings. If you choose to borrow with a home equity loan, it is always a good idea to talk with a mortgage lender or apply online first. Knowing how much you are able to borrow can give you the starting point you need to get planning and get on the road to creating the bathroom of your dreams.

Tap into some inspiration from the experts

Once you have your budget set, you can begin working on your design. This means coordinating colors, fabrics and artwork to complement each other without overwhelming the (possibly small) space. Browse through home decor magazines and clip out the bathroom designs that you like. Stick with photos of rooms that are relatively the same size and layout as your bathroom. Many designs that are attractive in large spaces don’t work as well in small spaces – and vice versa.
Once you have selected a handful of bathroom designs, lay them out next to one another and identify the common themes. Are the walls a single color or are you drawn to an accent wall? Are the rooms modern or do they use bright and busy accents? Make a list of things that you notice and take them shopping with you.

Update your bathroom detail-by-detail

Now that you have identified styles that you are drawn to, you can look at your bathroom and start to fill in the details.  Bathroom design elements that can have a huge impact include:
·         Shower curtains: If you don’t know where to start your bathroom renovation, the shower curtain is certainly a practical beginning. It can play a big role in tying together a bathroom theme and is also one of the cheapest things to replace. Choose a color or pattern to build from for other bathroom design elements.
·         Wall color and texture: Get swatches or samples and try them out.  If you are working with a small space, stay with a soft color and use it on all four walls. In larger spaces, feel free to get more adventurous.  You can also consider adding layers of detail with paintable wallpaper or by creating a tile border with a punch of color.
·         Rugs, towels, and window treatments: These elements provide a great opportunity to bring both color and texture into the room. Don’t be afraid to experiment – you can return anything that doesn’t work and try again.
·         Faucet style: There are a wide range of options when it comes to selecting a faucet. Choose something that complements your decor, but also provides the functionality you need on a daily basis.
·         Lighting: Lighting can have a huge impact on any room. Look for fixtures and bulbs that provide the ambiance needed for the space. If this is your master bathroom, you might want brighter lights that can illuminate your morning routine. For a guest bathroom, you might consider dimmer lights or adding a colored fixture.
·         Hardware: It’s often the little things that make the biggest impact. Switch out handles on cabinetry with something that shows a little character.
·         Mirrors: The focal point in many bathrooms is a mirror. Invest in something that allows you to sneak a peek for vanity’s sake, but also contributes to the overall design of the room.
·         Artwork: Add a stylistic piece that brings together the colors in the room. It helps if you won’t mind looking at the piece multiple times a day.

Get started on your bathroom updates today

Bathroom updates can be a quick and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your home. With advanced planning you can conquer your bathroom renovation in a timeframe and budget you can be proud of.

How about you all? Have you ever renovated your bathroom? What techniques/strategies did you use to keep the spending down to accomplish the job?

Share your experiences by commenting below!

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  1. We are planning on renovating both our half bath and full bath eventually. We won't be buying high end fixtures but will be keeping it classy for future renters/buyers 🙂
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  2. Ornella@Moneylicious says:

    I found this website where you can create an ideabook of the photos that inspire you. A site like this could be helpful to spark an idea or inspire!

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