Home Decorating: Bathroom on a Budget
When it comes to home decorating there are few rooms that have quite the
impact of a bathroom or kitchen when being decorated. There is something
wonderful about taking a tired old bathroom and making it seem bright and
shiny once again. Most people, however, cringe at the thought of a
bathroom remodel fearing the absolute worst when it comes to their
financial situation once all is said and done. The good news is that
small steps can lead to big changes in rooms as small as bathrooms. These
small steps do not have to have large prices in order to be highly
My suggestion with a bathroom is to assess where the worst blemishes and
eyesores may be. Painting the walls can be a good place to start but you
should first decide whether you are planning to remove any cabinetry.
This is one room where it is best to save the painting for later in the
project rather than the beginning. The vanity in many bathrooms takes up
a good deal of real estate. Gone are the days when chunky cabinets were
the popular choice for bathrooms. Now people want the bathrooms to have
the appearance of a wide-open space. This means that cabinets and
vanities are becoming smaller rather than larger.
Most homeowners find that the removal of bulky cabinetry in the bathroom
often leads to some degree of patching required for the drywall and
noticeable gaps in flooring. These will need to be addressed fairly
quickly, which means that now is a good time to select color options for
the walls and flooring. Smaller bathrooms do well with lighter colors on
the walls in order to give them a larger appearance. Use towels and
decorations to bring in darker accents but keep the walls light and
bright. Also choose paint that can withstand the high humidity of
Flooring in a bathroom also needs to be able to withstand high heat and
humidity as this room is rather abusive to floors and walls. For this
reason, hardwood is not the floor of choice for most bathrooms. Ceramic
tile is an excellent choice and not terribly expensive. There are also
some laminates that are designed to respond well to a high humidity
environment such as will be found in a bathroom. Choose flooring that
will accent the walls and the overall sense of décor you are hoping to
achieve when decorating your home and bathroom, as this is not something
you are going to want to change often.
The toilet in a bathroom is fairly simple to purchase but I recommend
leaving it be unless it absolutely needs to be changed. This is not a
simple procedure for the novice and experts are expensive. In this case
"if it ain't broke don't fix it" is an excellent motto to live by. The
same holds true with the shower. If, however, you simply cannot live with
your shower (or bathtub) as is, you may want to try hiring professionals
to come in and resurface your tub. This is much less expensive than
purchasing a brand-new tub and will have yours looking bright, shiny, and
as good as new. Again you can avoid the high cost of a plumber despite
the fact that you are paying for professionals to resurface.
To top things off, you will be amazed at the difference that new knobs,
fixtures, and hardware can make in a bathroom. Add a couple of lamps for
subtle lighting and some decorative touches of your own and you have a
brand new bathroom without spending a king's ransom in order to do so.
The shower curtain and 'guest' towels should be your largest splurges in
your bathroom, as they will tie the room all together. You shower
curtains and towels will blend the colors and designs in order to create
the overall atmosphere you should be hoping to achieve in your bathroom.
And all of this can be accomplished one step at a time no matter how
sparse your budget may be.