Five Tips to Update Your Bathroom Without Remodeling

Transform the home’s most functional room on a budget.

When looking at making over rooms in a home, the bathroom is often overlooked as it’s one of the more expensive rooms to remodel. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a bathroom remodel can set you back between $10,000 and $75,000. But if you’re looking to refresh your bathroom without taking out a second mortgage to foot the bill for a remodel, get inspired by ESTATENVY’s five simple, low-cost tips to upgrade your bathroom.

Get organized.

In recent years, trends in bathrooms have veered more toward the clean, contained and contemporary, according to Tony Stavish, owner of AW Stavish Designs in Chicago. “Pedestal sinks were such a hot trend but proved to be impractical. Now, homeowners are more focused on usability and storage to create a cleaner look and feel.”

Invest in storage solutions in your shower, under your cabinets or elsewhere in your home to maximize your space. Ditch the tchotchkes on your sink and rethink your art.

Focus on light colors.

White and gray are popular colors for bathrooms – and for good reason. Darker colors can attract dirt and dust. “Lighter colors create a clean and minimalistic look, which is exactly what you want in a bathroom,” notes Stavish.

Remove the weight.

Bathrooms in the 80s and 90s featured heavy drapery, window treatments, curtains and elaborate drawer pulls. Swap out drapery with sheers or another lightweight material in a lighter color for immediate impact. Skip the liner and invest in a nicer nylon or polyester fabric shower curtain that does both jobs in a practical way. If you get a white curtain, you can bleach them to keep them clean to extend its life.

Apply a coat of paint.

Less is more in terms of paint color in a bathroom. While a pop of a strong color can work in other rooms, certain colors can distort your reflection in the mirror. Muted colors typically work best.

Make minor repairs for maximum impact.

Target leaky faucets, clogged drains, loose towel racks and faulty lighting. Instead of pulling out a tub and replacing it entirely, look into services like Miracle Method, which can repair and give new life to damaged or dated baths in just two days for about 75 percent less than the cost of replacement.

While updating your bathroom might seem daunting, set your budget, make a list of your priorities and get started on turning your boring, outdated bathroom into one of your favorite rooms in your home.