Rachel Raak

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9 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Bathroom

You have to love it because it's always there for you. It's your essential space for daily readiness rituals like showering, shaving, makeup, and. . . other stuff. Then again, you might hate your bathroom because it's shabby, outdated, or looks just like it did a decade ago.

No matter how you feel about your bathroom, you can make it better with these inexpensive home improvement ideas.

  1. Play With Color
    With a few hours and an upbeat DIY home improvement attitude, you can use color to transform your bathroom into a space you love. Modern paint formulas include antimicrobial, mildew-resistant, washable, stain-resistant, and low VOC benefits. Use the paint you prefer to color-coordinate your walls, cabinets, woodwork, and trim. Experiment with two-toned walls or painted accent rails. Accessorize with refurbished framed mirrors and shelves. Add color-coordinated shower and window curtains. Stack a shelf with towels in complimentary hues.

  2. Go White-White
    If you prefer to rid your bathroom of unloved or outdated colors, use the above paint ideas for a clean white renewal. Of course, a white scheme works best if you include a new white toilet, sink, and bathtub in the makeover. White sinks and toilets are affordable, even on a tight budget. Unfortunately, you might have to wait to upgrade your tub. Tub replacement, re-glazing, and re-lining are all complicated and expensive.

  3. Rethink Your Tile
    Changing your tile gives your entire bathroom a brand new look. Consider retro, mosaic or traditional tile layouts. Add personality with edge treatments or contrasting strips. Search for tile features you like.

    • Materials: Porcelain, ceramic, glass, stone
    • Style: Designer patterns, smooth, natural textures
    • Colors: White, retro shades, earth tones

  4. Enhance With Glass
    Glass features allow light to fill your bathroom. They also add sleek elements of style. A hinged glass tub door is a classy substitute for a shabby shower curtain. A framed or frameless door or enclosure modernizes your free-standing shower. Glass shelves complete your look.

  5. Add Mirrors
    A strategically placed mirror or two give your small bathroom the illusion of space.

    • Replace your medicine cabinet with a designer mirror.
    • Place a bold decorator mirror on your largest wall.
    • Install mirrored shelves for towels or storage.

  6. Install Me-Time Features
    Admit it: sometimes your bathroom is a getaway destination. Why not add a few luxury features to make it an escape-worthy sanctuary?

    • Built-in TV
    • Stereo-connected Bluetooth speakers
    • Waterproof sound system

  7. Save Money With Watersense Labeled Fixtures
    When you include water-efficient bathroom fixtures in your home improvement project, you see an immediate return on your investment. EPA statistics reveal that Watersense-labeled showers save an average family 2900 gallons of water annually. Faucets save 700 gallons, and toilets save 13,000 gallons. The cash you save can help pay for your new bathtub.

  8. Coordinate Metal Fixtures and Accessories
    Manufacturers create beautiful chrome faucets and shower heads, but they make them in other metals too. Experiment with bronze, copper, brass, or brushed nickel fixtures. Then add metal-coordinated towel bars, rings, toilet paper holders, and light switch plates.

  9. Add Charm With a DIY Vanity
    When you re-purpose a chest, table, or flea market furniture find, a bathroom vanity upgrade is less expensive and more fun. The process is time-intensive, but you'll be proud of your effort when you finish it off with a ceramic, marble, or porcelain vanity top basin.

    • Purchase your basin and fixtures
    • Smooth and sand your furniture finds
    • Finish it with paint, stain, or a distressed look
    • Cut out holes for faucets and a drain
    • Complete the plumbing connections

With these fixes, your bathroom will look and feel like it popped out of a home design magazine.

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