You don’t need to spend a fortune to upgrade your bathroom. Follow these tips for a fresh new look without a massive price tag!
When you think about improving and updating your home, thoughts of large scale renovations can spring to mind.
Of course, some renovation and remodelling projects can cost more than £20,000. But when it comes to bathrooms, there are many ways to make this more affordable.
And the bathroom is also one of the key features that make a house more appealing when it comes to selling. Buyers love a house with a modern bathroom design, so investing in bathroom updates can increase the value of your home substantially!
But there are plenty of ways to upgrade your bathroom without spending a fortune on a full renovation. Even better, you don’t need to call in the experts for every little task, as there are plenty of ways to do it yourself.
And if you take the time to upgrade your bathroom carefully, you will create a beautiful bathroom that will last for years.
So keep reading for the foolproof way to spruce up your bathroom space for 2020.
Stick to a plan
One of the first rules for even a small renovation job is to take time to plan it all out. Most of the work depends on your budget, and it’s important to stick to it the whole way through. Determine what you can afford to spend, allow a contingency budget, and set an absolute maximum that can’t be exceeded.
Then, do the same for timescales. Bear in mind that if you were to update your bathroom fully, it could take up to three months. Doing each task on its own takes less time, but will require set days for working on it.
And you’ll need to keep downtime to a minimum if you don’t have another bathroom in your home to use.
After you have planned your budget and timescale, you will need to decide on the materials and fixtures. And finally, once you have done this, you can create a roadmap.
You’ll be thankful for putting in the time and effort beforehand to do this. When it’s done properly, your planning will make the process flow that little bit easier.
Replace the fixtures
Before you start looking at the bigger changes, look at the smaller finishing touches which make a big difference.
New handles can make a bathroom cabinet look newer and shinier, and the same goes for the bath and basin fixtures. You might not need to replace the whole bath, perhaps you could change the taps and shower head instead?
The type of bathroom taps you choose can hugely contribute to the look and feel of the room. For example, sleek, round-edged chrome taps give a more premium, contemporary feel, while taps with detailing can have a more traditional and period style.
So decide on the overall theme of the bathroom and whether you want a minimalist, luxury or traditional feel. Then pick your taps, door handles, showerheads and any extra fixtures – you’ll be surprised how much difference these can make!
Consider a neutral palette
Are you open to giving your bathroom a fresh lick of paint? If so, it’s worth opting for a neutral colour palette. Not only does it give you a clean, fresh-looking canvas, it will also be more appealing to buyers.
If your aim is to create a relaxed, soothing ambience along with maximizing your return on investment, a neutral colour scheme is the way to go. It works well for permanent fixtures like countertops, floors and cabinets, and always gives a brighter, cleaner feel.
The best shades to choose are those which last a long time and never date. These include beiges, creams, greys and whites, which will go these go with any style, design or décor.
And having a neutral background to your bathroom gives you flexibility will accessories. You can easily switch up the feel of your bathroom by changing the colour scheme of textiles, fabrics and accessories.
Look at low maintenance counter tops
The type of counter top you have can play a huge part in upgrading your bathroom. One of the best options is quartz, as it always looks great and is extremely low-maintenance.
Quartz countertops don’t require a sealant to keep them protected from stains or abrasions. And because it’s solid, it is easy to keep clean and hygienic. It also won’t be affected by the steamy atmosphere that you find in bathrooms.
A light or white quartz countertop works really well with white furniture to make small bathrooms looks larger. And if you use it with dark furniture, it gives great contrast to your colour scheme.
Update the bathroom lighting
Don’t forget to look at the lighting in your bathroom as well. You may not realise it, but lighting can have a massive impact on a room.
Plus, it is one of the most economical ways to make a bathroom look remarkably different without completely overhauling it.
If you only have light fittings on the ceiling, are any other places in the bathroom that can benefit from lighting? Putting luxurious lights above the vanity and sink area can give your room a boudoir-like feel. Or you may wish to add extra lighting to the area where you shave or apply make-up.
It’s best to speak to a specialist if you are thinking of replacing lighting or adding extra light fitting.s
Overall, remember to assess the fixtures and fittings in your bathroom which can be undertaken by yourself first, and see how much of a difference they can make.