If you’re thinking about home renovations, don’t overlook the bathroom. Styles and trends change often and, if it has been more than 5 years since you’ve updated it, your bathroom may be due for some improvements. Renovations don’t have to be expensive and it’s not always necessary to hire a contractor to do the work. Here are a few ideas for easy bathroom updates you can do yourself.
Install a New Faucet
Unless you have an eye-catching clawfoot bathtub or a shower stall lined in stone, the sink is probably the focal point of your bathroom. Choose a faucet that complements the style of the room and that commands attention.
You’ll find fixtures available in a variety of finishes from silver to polished brass and matte black. There are also water-saving, touchless versions of modern faucets with sensors that automatically turn the water on and off.
Easy Bathroom Updates: Paint the Room
The most time-consuming part of painting a bathroom is the prep work. Wash the walls, patch any cracks and holes, and then sand down any rough spots. Mask the trim and windowsills, and use canvas drop cloths to protect the fixtures from paint splatters.
After prepping, painting is an easy and inexpensive way to update the room. Neutral tones like beige and taupe are warm and calming. Navy blue is a bold but classic color. For a bright, fun bathroom choose a warm orange or gold. If you don’t feel up to tackling the walls, paint your vanity cabinet in a new color for an easier update.
Add New Cabinet Hardware
Because the bathroom is smaller and has fewer drawer knobs and cabinet handles, you can splurge on nicer hardware. Purchase modern pieces in brushed nickel or classic white porcelain, or install bronze hardware for a rustic look. The only difficult part of this upgrade is deciding on your new hardware. You can install the new pieces in a few minutes with a screwdriver.
If you have a window in your bathroom, take advantage of the natural light and use houseplants for decor. Plants add warmth and life to an otherwise sterile space. If your bathroom is low-light, choose a snake plant or fittonia, also called nerve plant or mosaic plant. These don’t require a lot of sunlight to survive and they love bathroom humidity. In a bright bathroom, orchids, monstera, and parlor palms will thrive.
Frame Your Mirror as One of Your Easy Bathroom Updates
If you have a plain bathroom mirror, add a frame. Purchase decorative wooden molding at a hardware store and paint or stain it to fit your decor. Framing a basic mirror is a simple project that adds personality and interest to your bathroom.