Statistics estimate that the average American adult spends about an hour a day in the bathroom, or nearly 14 days over the course of a year. And that’s not including the time you lock yourself away to escape your kids, talk on the phone, or read a good book.
Since you likely spend more time in your restroom than you do on vacation, why not make your bathroom your own private oasis or spa?
With the following changes, you can transform your bathroom while staying within a reasonable budget.
1. Be Bold with Your Border
Many bathrooms stick to the standard white paint, white tile, and white sinks to match their white toilets and tubs. This happens because white creates a feeling of cleanliness, and many white fixtures and bathroom accessories come at an affordable price.
However, all this white can make your bathroom feel a bit bland. You could install a tile mosaic on your wall to create a colorful contrast, but glass mosaic tiles often cost between $20 and $40 per square foot, making it an expensive way to upgrade.
To freshen your décor, add a decorative tile border along your bathtub or underneath your vanity. It will still create the visual interest and texture of a mosaic tile but for a fraction of the price.
2. Make Your Floor Your Focal Point
Tile borders can accent your paint and bring out the color in your cabinets. But for a truly eye-catching focal point, use your floor as your canvas. Your bathroom floor often has less square footage than your walls, so you can easily splurge on the tile without breaking the bank.
For a unique look, opt for a crisp black and white basket weave or a marbled herringbone tile. These intricate patterns can trick the eye into making a small bathroom look larger. No need to spend a fortune knocking down walls for a few extra inches.
3. Add Class with Glass
While shower curtains can make a bathroom look cozy and colorful, they can also make a bathroom feel cramped and claustrophobic. Some curtains are so dense that they cut off natural lighting, so your otherwise bright and welcoming restroom feels gloomy rather than cheery.
If you want to increase your visual space and make the most of your lighting, install glass shower doors. They’ll catch the water more effectively than curtains while giving your bathroom a more modern and open feel. And they don’t cost much more than your typical shower and tub combo.
Worried about the transparency? Have an expert etch or frost the glass to cover specific areas of your shower. You can even choose your own patterns to complement your design.
4. Stylize Your Storage
From styling gel and hair dryers to toothbrushes and towels, your bathroom needs to supply you with a lot of personal items. But an abundance of these items can leave your small bathroom looking cluttered and small, even if you regularly tidy your sink and cabinets.
To make your bathroom feel more elegant, you’ll want to use a variety of storage methods help cut the clutter. For example, toilet paper and tissues look attractive if displayed in a stylish metal basket. Instead of stacking your towels on top of the toilet, roll them up and place them on a sophisticated wine rack on your wall.
If you’d rather hide your personal items, purchase stackable storage boxes or wicker baskets that you can stash under your sink or on your shelves. These baskets and boxes can help you stay more organized and make the most of your limited bathroom space.
5. Feel Fancy with New Fixtures
Your faucets, handles, knobs, and holders might not look like much at first, but a few small switches here and there can completely upgrade your bathroom’s look and feel.
Wall-mounted faucets with a chrome finish can give your bathroom an urban chic appearance. In contrast, single-handled faucets with a brushed copper finish can make your bathroom feel more earthy and natural.
Once you’ve chosen a faucet, swap your other fixtures to create a unified and collected theme. In general, you’ll want to use the same metal finish on your handles and knobs as you do your faucet, but mixing metals can create an eclectic look if that’s what you prefer.
Don’t Let Your Budget Limit Your Creativity
Your bathroom doesn’t need a gold-plated toilet to feel luxurious. As you can see, a few simple changes can help your bathroom feel larger and more refined without breaking the bank.
Use these tips and tricks when you want to remodel your bathroom, or use your own creativity to design a room fit to house your porcelain throne.
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