You can pin all the images of claw foot tubs and glass-enclosed steam showers until the cows come home, but if you don't have the funds to reinvent your bathroom, you can't really take any of those ideas seriously. That doesn't mean you have to scrap your plans. "If your bathroom is out-of-date or doesn’t function well, but you don’t have the time or the money for a major renovation, you can still make a big impact on the overall feel of your space without costing too much," says Missy Tannen, president and co-founder of the organic linen brand Boll & Branch. Here, she shares five easy and inexpensive ways to turn your tired old bathroom into a place you actually want to spend time in.
PAINT THE WALLS AND CABINETS
It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can change the look and feel of your bathroom. Make a space seem bigger by choosing a lighter shade for the walls.
Change Light Fixtures and hardware
For a cost-effective solution, swap out your old knobs and drawer handles for newer ones, and opt for one finish to maintain a unified look.
Add Vinyl Flooring
Most vinyl flooring has an adhesive, so you can just peel and stick on your existing flooring—no demo required. An added bonus is that it will only set you back about $50 (depending on how much you need), which is far less expensive than ceramic tile.
*Note: This only applies if you don't have gorgeous hardwood or freshly tiled flooring.
Simple accents like a new shower curtain or window treatments will make your bathroom feel like a different space. Don’t forget to upgrade your towels. I’d recommend investing in a few matching bath and hand towels that will complement your new paint color or vanity.
Add more shelving over the toilet or underneath the sink. This will help increase the overall storage space and airy feel, making the bathroom a more relaxing environment while increasing its functionality.