When it comes to home improvement, there are three main rooms that can give you the most bang for your buck in terms of resale value: kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom. These are key features in any home and you want these spaces to bring you joy when you walk into them.
Whether you are a do-it-yourself-er or prefer to call in the professionals, a bathroom renovation can easily be in your future. Here are a few ways to spruce up your space.
Why You Should Consider a Bathroom Renovation
According to the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) 2022 Remodeling Impact Report, a bathroom renovation yielded a 71% cost when it was all said and done. In addition, 73% of homeowners had a greater desire to be home after the renovation, 61% had an increase in enjoyment being home after the renovation and 64% felt a major sense of accomplishment when they thought back on the project. Overall, renovating a bathroom created a “joy score” of 9.6 out of 10.
If data isn’t what you’re into, just think about how it will make you feel to walk into a fresh bathroom! Your home should be exactly the way you want it.
Freshening up a bathroom doesn’t have to mean tearing down walls and popping up old shower tiles. Small changes can make a big impact – and most importantly – they can keep you under budget.
You don’t have to go all out to freshen up a space. If you have a smaller budget, a fresh coat of paint is something simple that makes a huge difference. Paint the walls, trim, cabinets or go all-out and add a new layer of paint to all surfaces.
Some of the most popular colors right now for bathrooms are:
- Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore
- Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore
- Simply White by Benjamin Moore
- Chartreuse by Benjamin Moore (if you love a pop of color)
- Dried Thyme by Sherwin-Williams
- Calm by Benjamin Moore
- Iron Ore by Sherwin-Williams
- Crisp by Portola Paints
- Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore
- Organdy by Benjamin Moore
Something as simple as switching out the current bathroom hardware from brass to oil rubbed bronze, or the trendy flat gold, can easily make your space look new.
Matching your cabinet pulls, sink hardware and shower hardware can really pull a space together. Pricing can vary depending on how upscale you want to go, but it’s something that can be done quickly and easily.
Spruce Up Your Shower Curtain
If you have a shower curtain, go for a fresh look. Using a regular window treatment mounted at the ceiling with a clear shower curtain in the back is an easy hack that can instantly elevate the look of your bathroom.
If you’ve always preferred a patterned look, switch it up and go with a sold color for a while. Same for curtains on the window. If you’ve only ever had blinds, add a pop of color with a valence.
If you’re one of the lucky ones with a bigger budget to work with, it’s time to have some fun and go all-in on the bathroom renovation!
Shower or Tub?
There’s nothing quite like soaking in a hot tub after a long day. If your bathroom has the space, a jetted garden tub is ideal for the homeowner who likes to relax.
If you don’t have quite as much space, retiling an existing shower and changing up the door are two ways to make a big impact.
Over the past few years, painted tile has really made it’s mark in bathrooms. It’s a great way to add character to a small space without feeling too busy.
Not only will your bathroom look chic, but ceramic and porcelain tiles are great options for bathrooms because of their durability. Waterproof flooring is a huge must in a bathroom!
Update the Vanity
There are several different styles of vanities to chose from depending on the amount of space you have to work with and the amount of counter space you are wanting.
Wall-mounted and pedestal sinks are perfect for smaller bathrooms, while drop-in and under-mount sinks are perfect for larger cabinet-style vanities.
Updating the light fixtures over your vanity to match your hardware will take your bathroom to the next level.
If you are working with a smaller space, think over-the-mirror lighting or matching sconces on either side.
If you have the big garden tub, there’s nothing better than a glamorous or modern chandelier or hanging light fixture.
Plan It Out
When it comes to your bathroom renovation, take the time to browse and find exactly what you want. There are always sales running and it can be done on the budget you are comfortable with.
Pinterest is such a great resource for collecting ideas. It’s also always a good idea to hold off until a holiday is coming up to find the best prices on materials. There’s no shame in taking it one step at a time!