7 Cost-Effective Bathroom Remodeling Tips

At some point in our lives, remodeling our home becomes a necessity, but it’s also a big financial investment. Did you know that bathrooms are the most popular room for homeowners to remodel? 

Bathrooms are the most cost-effective room to remodel because they’re usually much smaller in size compared to kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms. Since they are smaller than other rooms in the house, the cost of painting, flooring, ventilation, cabinets, and countertops is also cheaper. When choosing to remodel your bathroom, it’s important that it works with your personal style and that it’s comfortable and functional. 

Before you get your hands dirty remodeling your bathroom, start by setting a budget. This will impact the materials and the design elements you can choose from. Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank as there are some simple upgrades that can give your bathroom a new life. Here are some bathroom remodeling ideas that are both cost-effective and practical.

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Adjusting Room Size With Color

Ideally, we would like our bathroom to be bigger, but it’s not always possible. You can make your bathrooms appear larger by choosing the right color palette. Painting your bathroom white or other light, neutral colors will help your bathroom appear bigger, while darker colors make the room feel smaller and cramped. The same applies to fixtures such as toilets and bathtubs—lighter colors will make the room appear larger. 

If you want to add some color to the room, buy some plants and add a floating shelf to hold them. Plants are also great for increasing the oxygen levels in the room and they help purify the air.

Choosing the Right Flooring

When choosing the flooring, make sure you get a sturdy material that will hold up with all the daily use. While wood floors are aesthetically pleasing, they aren’t practical. Porcelain tile, luxury vinyl planks, vinyl tiles, and sheet vinyl flooring are better materials that will hold up with lots of use.

Bathroom Ventilation

Bathrooms can get stuffy and smelly very quickly, so installing the right kind of ventilation is key to making sure there is always airflow. To prevent mold and mildew, which bathrooms seem to be a harvesting ground for, windows and bathroom exhaust fans are essential for increasing the ventilation.  

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Bathroom Lighting

A lot of our time in the morning is spent in the bathroom for showering, brushing our teeth, washing our face, shaving, and applying makeup. Bathrooms are usually dimly lit, which isn’t ideal for getting ready in the morning. To brighten up the room, consider adding lighting around the bathroom mirror. In addition to making the room brighter, lighting can also be made dimmer to enhance the mood for late-night baths. 

Adding Mirrors

Mirrors aren’t only for vanity purposes; they can be used as design accessories and they’re another way to add light into the room. Try adding a second mirror in addition to the main mirror that’s above the bathroom sink.

Incorporating Freestanding Pieces

For bathrooms that have extra space, add a decorative chair or cupboard. If you don’t have the space for it, try moving other things like clothes hampers to another room. These decorative pieces don’t only need to be for show as they can keep be a place to keep your towels or store your shower essentials, such as shampoos, conditioners, and soaps. 

Have More Hanging Items

Hanging items are great because they don’t take up any floor space. Hooks can add space to any bathroom and they can be used for hanging clothes, bathrobes, or towels. Put your hooks on the back of the door, the side of the cabinets, or on empty wall spaces.

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