5 Features that Will Completely Refresh Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank
If you want to make your bathroom look better but don't think you have the money to afford a big remodeling project, there are ways to work around your wallet. For instance, here are some great bathroom trends you could consider. You can pick out specific areas or features of the bathroom where you most want to upgrade the looks, and use some budget-conscious tricks to make it look great without spending a lot of money.
One of the best ways to improve the look and feel of a bathroom is by upgrading the lighting. If you have a poorly lit bathroom, you'll be amazed by making a few cheap changes. First, shop around for some affordable wall sconce fixtures to place on either side of the mirror. The placement prevents any shadows from being cast on your face when looking in the mirror like overhead lights can. You can find sconces in a wide variety of sizes and designs for less than $100 each, and if you add long lasting and bright LED light bulbs to save on electricity bills to offset the costs over the long term.
If you want to make your bathroom floor look better, you can get some cheap flooring materials that still look great. Vinyl is the most inexpensive floor material, and has the added benefits of being very durable, resistant to stains and damage, and it comes in a variety of styles.
However, if you want something that looks a bit better you can look for ceramic tiles that are specially coated to be more durable and easier to keep clean. If you want to find really good deals, look for recycled or discontinued lines of ceramic tiles to get potentially huge discounts compared to buying them brand new.
The vanity is where you can really upgrade the aesthetic of the bathroom, and you don't have to spend a lot of money to do it. You can shop around for bargains for new vanities and sinks, or again look for used or discontinued lines for cheap. Or, if you're a big fan of antique and vintage styles, you can go hunting through flea markets or garages for stylish and/or antique furniture that can be repurposed.
For example, if you find a great looking table vessel-style sink that suits your style, you can completely remake the vanity area for much cheaper than new. Alternatively, you buy a nice looking dresser, chest or cabinet – or use one you already own for free – and cut a hole in the top to add a sink.
Toilets might not be a particularly glorious-looking upgrade, but it can help you remodel your bathroom to save you money in the long term. New toilets now are far more efficient and can save you money off your water bill, and you can find decent to good ones in the $200 to $300 range. If you want to spruce up the look, keep an eye out at antique or flea markets for old woven or metal baskets to add beside or on top of the toilet, or shelves and cabinets for above it.
One of the most noticeable parts of a bathroom is the mirror, depending on the size and function. If you've already made some changes and need a new mirror to suit the new style, you can find affordable ones in various but simple styles for $100 to $200. You can also keep on the lookout for big sales, discontinued product lines, flea markets and garage sales for something that matches your style for cheap.
About the Author:
Matt Doyle is the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Excel Builders, a custom home building company serving Delaware and Maryland. The company specializes in ICF and custom-built, energy efficient homes. Matt grew up in the construction industry and he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Alabama. He also has an extensive background in internet marketing and has worked with some well-known international companies such as Best Western, McGraw Hill Construction, Sharp, and Canon.