Home Decorating Bathroom on a Budget

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					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 effective.

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 bathrooms.

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.



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