Budget bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to mean settling on cheap hardware, low quality materials or other corner-cutting just to get a makeover in your bathroom utility space. With a few clever tricks and some tried and true decorating secrets that people have been using for years (along with a little home improvement advice and tips from pros) you can turn a drab bathroom into a modern marvel – all on a limited budget.
One of the best ways to start any home improvement project – especially a bathroom renovation – is to plan ahead. There’s no quicker way to blow your budget and waste money than to just start working without a plan. Plan and tackle your big problems or dislikes first, plan to save where you can and give yourself one big design splurge that you can enjoy. Check out how you can overcome some of the most common bathroom remodeling challenges while still saving your budget:
Home Improvement Design Challenge One – The Same Old Color Scheme
It’s common to find yourself stuck with a two tone (often black and white) color scheme or some very similar variation. This doesn’t often reflect the personality of the family and it becomes hard to relax and enjoy the space. Most people want a cozier environment in their bathroom. A great alternative to overcoming this design problem is to aim for natural colors like earthy browns, light color palettes and simple whites to transform casual into sophisticated. Whatever palette you choose, remember to make a theme.
Home Improvement Design Challenge Two – Reducing the Vanity
In many bathrooms, the vanity tends to be the focal point and homeowners rely on them for additional storage and counter space. The problem with a large vanity – or even a smaller vanity – is that they can make a bathroom feel cramped. If you have a linen closet nearby, ditch the vanity and install a pedestal since. This will increase your floor space and make your room look much larger.
Home Improvement Design Challenge Three – A Floor that Screams Unique
Everyone wants to own their bathroom space and make it truly unique. There’s something fun about having guests “ooh and aah” over your bathroom space. If you want to keep a clean look but do something different, look to your floor. Ditch the cheap vinyl or other flooring and try something unique like distinctive glass pebble flooring. You can even use natural smooth stones. A simple and level pebbled floor can give your bathroom a truly natural look. If your existing floor is low profile, you might even save time and money by laying your new floor right over the old tile or flooring.
Bringing Your Bathroom Remodel Together
The finishing touches come in simple additions: Add a tailored look to your bathroom by embracing framed walls using crown and base moulding. This brings the eyeline up and creates a picture-frame like effect around the fixtures in your bathroom. If wood trim isn’t in your budget then always consider new paint to update the look. You’ll get maximum effect with minimum cost. Finally, finish up your new look with natural fabrics. Linen curtain panels instead of a traditional shower curtain can work wonders to give a bathroom life and provide a positive mirror to new window treatments.