We can all picture the dream bathroom: heated travertine tile floors, a double vanity with a marble top, a walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead and body sprayers. It’s luxury at its finest — but it’s also pretty costly. Thankfully, there are many ways to improve a drab bathroom on a small budget.
If you don’t have the time or money to replace the flooring, update the vanity, or remodel the shower, we’ve identified the following four items that you can simply, quickly and affordably add to your bathroom to increase its look and functionality.
Replace the mirror.
If your bathroom mirror consists of one large piece of glass glued to the wall with a brass frame, it’s time to switch things up. By simply replacing your existing mirror with individual mirrors above each sink, you’ll give your bathroom a whole new look. Plus, you have the chance to select mirrors with unique shapes and borders that can act as statement pieces. You can find a variety of unique mirrors on sites like Wayfair.com for less than $200.
When replacing the mirror, you can also consider adding some functionality by “fog-proofing” the mirror. WarmlyYours Radiant Heating offers a range of mirror defoggers that simply adhere to the back of your mirror and connect to your lighting fixture to operate. They work by transmitting gentle warmth across the surface of the mirror, thereby preventing steam from settling on the mirror while you bathe or shower. Once you’ve selected the mirrors you like, you can coordinate their size with the appropriate mirror defogger by referencing the chart here.
Update the lighting.
Updating the lights above your vanity also can have a significant impact on your bathroom. Whether you want to create an industrial, modern or traditional look, lighting is available for an affordable price. For some inspiration and pricing information, check out Houzz.com. Like your mirror, a new light will probably cost you less than $200. And, there are so many options available in that price range, you might have trouble selecting just one!
Replace the shower rod.
This might seem insignificant, but replacing your shower rod with a curved rod will make you feel like you’re in a whole new shower. Not only will a chrome or nickel finish help to update your bathroom, but the curve in the shower rod will actually give you more space in the shower.
Finally, adding a few modern storage solutions will add function and appeal to your bathroom. We suggest installing a modern wall-mounted towel warmer in the room. Then, place a wire basket near your tub or shower, and fill it with rolled towels for practical yet stylish storage. Before you shower, take one of the towels from your wire bin and hang it on your towel warmer. While you bathe, your towel will be heating up so that when you’re done, it’s ready to dry you off in the most luxurious way possible.
You can also install a floating shelf over your toilet for additional storage, an HGTV article suggests. You can place things like flowers, candles or glass jars of cotton swabs on it. Again, you’ll end up with a practical storage solution that adds flair to your bathroom.
With these simple updates, your bathroom will look refreshed in no time at all!