Some people are extremely particular about their bathroom space. Taking a hot shower after a long and tiring day sounds amazing, but if your bathroom is upgraded, it takes the experience to a whole new level. A bathroom overhaul may seem intimidating, given the cost and time needed to complete the project successfully. But what if you can make your bathroom perfect in just a week and stay within an affordable budget?
Here are five of the most effective ways to improve your bathroom.
1. Install Non-slippery Floor Tiles
Your bathroom space should always be safe, especially if you live with kids or elders. To avoid slip-and-fall accidents, install non-slippery tiles that provide extra grip. These tiles are polished with a matt glaze that adds a layer of texture, which boasts a modern look while simultaneously preventing slip accidents. Nowadays, these tiles are marked with a slip rating system, and these include the R rating (Ramp test) and the PTV rating (Pendulum Test Value). Both are used to determine slip resistance and test how safe the product is.
You can find several anti-slip tiles with various textures, patterns, and colors to match the aesthetic of your bathroom space. Even though these tiles are a bit more expensive than other alternatives, they are more durable and resistant to wear, making it worth the investment in the long run. All in all, consider the color, slip rating, and texture of the tiles for your bathroom floor while browsing your options.
2. Improve the Lighting
Lighting is another important aspect of bathroom spaces. It not only enhances the aesthetic of the space, but it also makes the bathroom safer. Low lighting is specifically dangerous if you live with kids or elders, as it can cause accidents that could have been avoided. Further, make sure you don’t install the light switches inside the bathroom; they should be accessible from the outside to prevent slipping hazards. More importantly, the lighting fixtures should be installed overhead.
Water spillage, thresholds, or anything on the floor is almost invisible in poor lighting.
While overhead lighting is necessary, provide additional lighting to diminish shadows and provide optimum illumination in the entire space. Wall and mirror lamps are both great choices when renovating your bathroom. You can use string lights on your mirror or place a wall sconce near the bathroom cabinet. For a brighter bathroom, add a big mirror for light reflection and to provide an illusion of a more commodious space.
3. Replace the Fixtures
Apart from the lighting, you need to replace your plumbing fixtures, too. These include basin faucets, bathtub taps, and showerheads. If it’s within your budget, replace them with new ones, or simply apply a coat of rust-resistant paint to give them a new look. Showerheads are the most important fixture in a bathroom and should be instantly replaced if damaged. If you are looking for an alternative, you can install combination shower heads, especially if you live with tall household members. These combination or dual shower heads consist of both handheld and fixed showers that fulfill different needs. For instance, if you have a pet at home, you can detach the showerhead and bathe your pet with ease.
Installing new-age fixtures can also help you save money in the long run. For instance, basin faucets that meet EPA standards often provide water-saving features. If any of these fixtures seem out of budget, stick to basic models. However, make sure to replace them as needed, especially if you notice any rust.
4. Swap your Linens
Linens, like hand and body towels, are basic necessities of any bathroom space. This tip may seem ineffective, but it makes a world of difference. Swap your existing linens for softer and high-quality towels. If you’re unsure whether you’ll paint your bathroom in the future, go for neutral shades that go well with almost every color palette.
No matter what hues you choose, these linens will complement your bathroom space. Swap your towels from time to time and wash them often to maintain hygiene. Further, you should buy a few hand towels in bulk and replace them with fresh and clean towels every day.
Additionally, pay attention to the shower curtain, too. Swap your existing shower curtain with a new one to see an instant change in your bathroom space. It is affordable and makes a world of difference. Since shower curtains are inexpensive, you have a myriad of options to choose from. You can also mix and match by purchasing different sets of curtain rings as well.
5. Upgrade Old Hardware and Accessories
Your bathroom’s hardware should be upgraded, too, especially if they are not serving their purpose anymore. For instance, if the towel bars seem loose or the doorknobs seem rusty, it is time for a replacement. While you are at it, replace all the hardware pieces in the bathroom, such as drawer handles, doorknobs, and hinges, to match the new replacements. Choose a range that complements the new color palette of your bathroom. If it exceeds your budget, try repainting your existing hardware for a cheap bathroom makeover.
You can also introduce accessories like wall mirrors, paintings, or some plants to boost your bathroom’s aesthetic appeal. Paint your storage cabinets using your new color palette to make everything coherent. If possible, it’s best to paint the walls with a new shade to enhance the aesthetic value of your space further. Since bathroom areas are usually smaller, painting is always something you can do while staying within your budget. If it seems like a hassle, another affordable and quicker way is to install backsplash. It is cheaper than paint and takes less time.
Apart from renovating your bathroom, you should always get rid of all the unnecessary items in your bathroom and ensure that the space is clutter-free. It will not only prevent hazards but will also make it look spacious. Get rid of old furniture, empty shampoo bottles, and anything that seems useless or dangerous. Mop the floors, clean the fixtures, wash the linens, and organize the space to keep it neat, clean, and hygienic. Additionally, you can add a hint of pleasant scents to uplift the ambiance and keep it fresh. Room fresheners, herbal hand soaps, and scented candles are some aromatic options that may interest you.