Do the colors in your bathroom remind you of bridesmaids’ dresses from the ’80s? Does the poor lighting remind you of a dungeon? If your bathroom hasn’t seen an upgrade since the Y2K bug seemed like a real threat, it’s probably time to make some updates.
The good news: Changing the look of your bathroom doesn’t require a contractor or any major renovations. There are lots of things you can do that don’t require much time or money but will have a big impact on how you feel when you’re in this essential room.
Start by swapping out your bathroom faucet for something that better suits your taste. It's easier than you think, only requires a few tools and can be a very cost-effective way to change the look of your bathroom. Think of all the DIY pride you'll feel when you wash your hands under the faucet you installed!
The best light for a bathroom is natural light, so uncover any windows that might be covered. To ensure privacy while allowing in sunshine, consider adding window film. There are plenty of options with these easy-to-apply adhesives, from plain opaque white to Tiffany-style designs, if you want to add a pop of color. Also, make sure you’re using the brightest bulbs that your fixtures will allow (energy efficient, of course).
Now that you’ve got better lighting, consider ditching your old curtain and installing a shower door. You’ll enjoy more morning sunlight and drier bathroom floors, thanks to your newly sealed shower. If you decide to keep the curtain, pick out something new, along with a fluffy bathmat and rugs that will feel good underfoot.
Adding a new shower head is a simple and cost-effective way to give your bathroom a more spa-like feel. A Delta H2Okinetic shower head creates the feeling of a drenching shower experience without using more water.
When considering a color palette for your bathroom, think about how you want to feel when in the room. If you spend a lot of time getting ready in front of the mirror, a pop of energizing color will serve you well. Don’t feel like you must paint every wall; an accent color can keep even a small bathroom feeling spacious when surrounded by a neutral.
If you’ve been living with avocado or powder-blue tile since you moved in, a pristine white-tile bath might be the way to go. Add some chrome-topped jars for cotton swabs and other toiletries, and fluffy white towels for a clean look.
Form meets function when you add universal design elements in your bath. A towel bar or corner shelf will serve double duty by providing you with something sturdy to grab. If you’ve been bothered with a too-high or too-low mirror or counter, now is the time to find a more functional option. Choosing a few new elements to incorporate will make the space more practical for the people who use it.