5 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom without Remodeling

Posted by Laine Smith on 7/20/15 3:04 PM

Updated kitchens and bathrooms top the lists of "wants" for today's homebuyers. Luckily, bathrooms can be updated dramatically, quickly and on a budget without the need for remodeling.




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Painting is the obvious go-to when trying to freshen up any room of your home. For a simplistic, spa-like look, stick with soft hues. Not only will light colors make your bathroom appear larger than it really is but will also give you a greater sense of lighting.

Most interior designers suggest using a semi-gloss paint, because it repels moisture and is easy to clean.



New drawer pulls instantly update an older vanity. Brushed nickel and stainless steel are good options for a spa-like inspiration while oil-rubbed bronze pulls will complement a rich, sophisticated atmosphere.

You should also consider replacing the outlet covers, which are low-cost but will leave your bathroom looking surprisingly new.



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Functionality of bathrooms is a top priority for homeowners, so keeping clutter to the minimum is essential. Invest in storage totes, cubbies or baskets, so you can quickly store toiletries, makeup, etc. before guests arrive while also adding elemental design to your overall look. HGTV also suggests innovative storage ideas, such as:

  • Using a freestanding storage ladder
  • Mounting a wall cabinet on empty wall space
  • Installing shelves above the toilet for rolled towels and storage baskets
  • Using shallow painted crates for a decorative and functional storage solution



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Without proper lighting, any great bathroom can feel dim and drab. While you'll want adequate lighting for grooming and make-up application, a dimmer will turn your bathroom into a place of respite when you have the time for a relaxing bubble bath.

If your vanity light fixture is out-of-date, it's a pretty quick fix. Simply choose a vanity light that will cover the same (or more) space as the original fixture. Otherwise, you'll have to touch up with paint.

Statement lighting has also made its way into bathrooms. For a dramatic look, consider adding a chandelier or pendant light that adheres to the atmosphere you're trying to create.

Final Touches

These quick fixes will add function and boost the appeal of your bathroom as a whole:

  • Add a handheld showerhead.
  • Replace your sink fixture with one that offers more height over the bowl.
  • Freshen up your bathmats with a monochromatic color scheme or all white for a spa-like feel.
  • Splurge on new towels.

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