Five Ways to Update Your Bathroom on a BudgetPosted: November 8, 2012
Unfortunately, home repairs and refurbishments always seem to crop up when finances are looking decidedly grim. Updating your bathroom can appear to be a colossal and inevitably costly project, yet there are several simple ways to modernise your bathroom without spending excessive sums of money on materials and labour.
1. Update your bathroom’s colour palette
A dated colour palette can be modernised by painting walls, changing wallpaper and purchasing new, coordinated bathroom accessories. Of course, the extent of the change will depend on your budget, but simply painting all your walls in a crisp white will immediate modernise the feel of your bathroom. For a relaxed and natural feel, opt for browns, greens and beiges. For a more Mediterranean feel, go for blues and whites. For a modern look, alternate black, white and areas of bright block colour.
2. Do not underestimate the power of accessories
Old, threadbare towels and an ailing toilet seat cover age your bathroom a great deal. By replacing old towels with white, fluffy alternatives and ditching unhygienic toilet covers, rugs and grubby shower curtains, your bathroom will immediate adopt a more spa-like feel. Do not forget that lighting plays a hugely important part in the feel of a room: opt for elegant, modern styles over dated, Hollywood mirror lights.
3. Restore where possible
Older pieces such as antique bathroom cabinets and old-fashioned, claw-foot tubs should be restored before they are replaced. Discoloured tubs, chipped paintwork and flaking varnish can easily be restored and improved by following simple, Internet-based tutorials, or by asking for advice at your local home improvement store. Re-painting and varnishing wooden cabinets or shelving units in harmony with your bathroom’s colour palette can do wonders for the space.
4. Do it yourself
If you are handy with a screwdriver, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to modernise your bathroom while sticking to a budget. Simply changing bathroom fixtures such as dated shower heads, tap fittings, soap holders and toilet roll dispensers for coordinated and modern alternatives will immediately modernise and harmonise the space.
5. Do not try to do everything at once
Though it may be tempting to attempt to update your entire bathroom in a single weekend, you will find it easier on your bank balance if you approach the project in various phases, allowing you to spread the costs across several months This approach also allows you to account for unexpected expenses as they arise and re-evaluate the budget for later phases ,where necessary.
Updating your bathroom does not have to be a hugely expensive process. As we have seen, by modernising your bathroom’s colour palette and investing in modern, coordinated accessories, while restoring any attractive and salvageable pieces, you can modernise and harmonise your bathroom at a fraction of the cost of an entire remodel. When working on a budget, it is however important not to purchase items simply because they are cheap. Learn to evaluate which pieces represent your bathroom’s focal points, and invest more in these areas. A nice, fixed bathroom can also increase your home’s value if you are planning to sell it in near future. Check this page to see the prices of property for sale in your neighbourhood.
This post is written by ictorianplumbing.co.uk