It’s a common misconception that in order to update your bathroom, you need to do a full gut job. Sometimes this is required and can be one of the best upgrades you can make to your home. Other times, however, a few simple updates can drastically change the outdated look you’re sick of seeing every morning. Check out the complete list of tips for remodeling your bathroom and see how I transformed our guest bath with these 5 simple things!
Before you take the plunge into a full scale remodel, ask yourself if applying these tips will help you achieve the look you want. As always, if you’re unsure about what steps to take don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule a consultation!
1. Deep Clean
Ok this may seem a bit obvious, but I’ll be honest, I’m guilty of forgetting what a difference this can make. I thought the grout in our guest bathroom was a dingy beige color and that was all it would ever be. After spending a couple hours on my hands and knees (yes, while pregnant) with BioClean, I realized the grout was actually a beautiful bright white.
I will never stop enforcing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make. Whether you paint the bathroom walls, the vanity or both, this can make quite an impression.
Our bathroom was painted a drab shade of something in between beige and brown with a rolled rag look. One word – awful! As a little tip; two colors you should never use in your bathroom are colors that naturally occur there if you catch my drift.
Instead I chose a gray I already had (nothing wrong with using what you’ve got) to cool things down a bit. I also painted the very cheap vanity that was installed in probably the late 70s, in Fusion Paint’s Navy that I already had. The contrast of the navy against the light gray walls and pink tones in the tile complimented each other perfectly.
3. New Hardware
This is a great and easy fix! Swap out old outdated hardware for something sleek and polished. It’s relatively inexpensive depending on what you pick and how much you need but can make quite an impression. This can be a fun way to add your personality without overwhelming a small space.
I changed the handles on the vanity along with purchasing a new towel ring, toilet paper holder and towel hooks.
4. Updated Lighting
This goes hand in hand with the new hardware. Updated lighting makes all the difference. Side note, it’s common practice to point vanity lighting down vs up, but this is actually incorrect. By casting the light towards the ceiling, the light is reflected off the lighter (usually white) colors and brightens up the entire bathroom. Also, not many people look good in downcast light.
5. Artwork & Decor Accents
If you don’t have a glass shower door, try upgrading your existing shower curtain. This is a very inexpensive upgrade but can go a long way in tying in the newly painted colors. It can also be a fun way to showcase some of your personality.
Since this was going to be the guest bathroom and baby’s new bathroom, I wanted something that would not be overwhelmingly childish. I opted to continue my ocean theme from the nursery into the bathroom and selected an abstract whale and sea life shower curtain in navy, gray, blue and black. I added some adorable whale shower curtain hooks and matching soap dispenser.
When it comes to selecting artwork, a fun option is to shop your existing pieces. Sometimes switching the location can make it feel totally new. Or you could do what we did and sponge paint an existing metal work to add your own take to it.
I hope that these tips for remodeling your bathroom have encouraged you to think outside the box the next time you are ready to throw in the towel on your existing bathroom. I’d love to hear what your favorite part of this bathroom refresh is?