We’d all love to update our ho-hum bathroom to mirror one of the over-the-top spa-like bathrooms we see in decorating magazines. You know the ones we mean. They’re typically outfitted with an outrageously expensive free-standing tub, a separate tiled shower with a built-in bench and multiple shower heads, heated towel racks, and a double vanity that looks more expensive than your entire dining room suite! Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that kind of a budget to work with. Still, with a little imagination, a bit of forethought and some DIY spunk, you can do a bathroom remodel on a budget. Here’s how to take your bathroom from boring to impressive without breaking the bank!
Make Some Magic With Paint
There’s no less expensive way to transform a bathroom — or any room, for that matter — than with paint, and if you do it yourself, you save even more.
- Stencil the ceiling to create an unexpected focal point. (Painting it in a contrasting color will have the same eye-catching effect.)
- Create drama with boldly-colored walls. (Consider saturated colors like turquoise, terracotta, or deep blues as well as deep, rich grays.)
- Got a little imagination and a paintbrush? Paint a simple mural to add pizzazz to an otherwise ordinary bathroom. (Bear in mind that things like bare trees or blooms are easiest to master if you’re not exactly a Picasso protégé!)
- Instead of replacing an outdated vanity, give it a makeover with paint and new hardware. (Oil-based paint works best in moist environments and is easier to clean, too. Just make sure you’ve got some good ventilation in the room since the fumes are strong!)
Make Tile More Affordable
Tile is a popular choice for bathrooms because it’s durable, moisture resistant, and versatile, but it can get pricey. Here are some ways to cut tiling costs to make it a more affordable option:
- Use less expensive plain white ceramic tile for the majority of the room, and add a colorful tile accent wall.
- Along the same lines, perk up white tile with dark or colored grout lines.