Five ways to upgrade your bathroom without remodeling

Your bathroom should be one of the most peaceful and relaxing rooms in your house. If you’re tired of your outdated bathroom, then give it a makeover! It’s not as complicated as you might think. Since its one of the smallest rooms in the house, you can make significant changes to the look and feel of your bathroom without taking on a big renovation project.

Your bathroom can take on many different looks. Whether you want bright and bold, or simple and serene, take a minute to consider what kind of style you’d like to achieve, and what budget you’d like to keep.

Here are 5 updates to make to your aging bathroom:

1. Paint. Start by giving your bathroom a fresh paint of coat on the walls. Or, if you’re feeling bold, pick out a fun wallpaper design. Bathrooms are a great place to try something more daring than you’d be willing to do in your bigger, more visible rooms.

You could also repaint your tub, floor tile, or cabinets instead of fully replacing them. You’ll need to purchase special paint, do some prep work, and purchase all the necessary supplies before painting your shower, tub, or tile floors. While it’s not as easy as slapping some paint on the surface, it’s still much more cost friendly than replacing those items.

2. Add new lighting. A little natural lighting will help to brighten up even the smallest of bathrooms. Remove tree branches or thick shrubbery near your bathroom window to help let the natural light shine in. Consider replacing thick curtains with some that let the light in while still giving you some privacy.

Update your outdated light fixtures to some that match your new style. Consider something elegant like an old chandelier, or perhaps a sleek, modern fixture. Consider swapping your standard light switch for a dimmer. The dimmer will allow you to set the mood with lower light when you want to spend time relaxing in the bathroom, or if you want to use the bathroom in the middle of the night without blinding yourself.

3. Improve storage. Improving your bathroom isn’t all about design. You want to improve the functionality of your bathroom as well. Do so by adding extra storage such as a new medicine cabinet, or by mounting some racks or shelves to the wall. With more storage space you’ll be able to improve the look and functionality of the bathroom by eliminating some of the clutter.

4. Update hardware. Over time the hardware in your bathroom can rust, stain, or become outdated. Pick out new hardware, such as faucets, towel racks, and sink and drawer handles. These pieces will come in a myriad of different designs and price points. Altogether, these small touches will make a big difference in your bathroom. Because they receive a lot of use, they tend to be what people notice the most in your bathroom, so spend some time picking out pieces that will best reflect the new design of your bathroom.

Also, consider replacing your showerhead. Think about the design and the function of your showerhead. You can find rather inexpensive showerheads in different shapes and sizes with elegant finishes, or purchase a more expensive showerhead that will allow you to control the pressure and the flow of the water stream.

5. Accessorize. Treat yourself to fresh bath towels, shower mats, shower curtains, soap dispensers, and even a new toothbrush holder. Look for unique pieces that will match the color scheme, and breathe new life into your bathroom!

Don’t be afraid to include some artwork if you have space. A few pieces of well-displayed art can really help tie the room together and make it feel complete. Pick out art that you love, but try to have it match one or two of the colors in the room to help it tie everything together.

Try placing a plant or a floral arrangement on your counter, or add a floor plant to the corner of the room. Orchids make for a great bathroom flower because they tolerate heat and moisture well.