For many people, the bathroom is a place to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. As such, it's important to design it in a way that actually encourages relaxation. While you have the option to do a complete overhaul, The Spruce notes that remodeling a midrange bathroom costs around $21,000 on average — which can be quite steep. Fortunately, you don’t always need a full renovation to improve your bathroom and make it feel new. That being said, here are a few easy ways you can spruce up your bathroom:
Change your bathroom hardware and fixtures
Changing your hardware and fixtures is an instant way to elevate the appearance and ambience of your bathroom, especially if you're trying to get rid of stubborn stains and marks. For a more rustic look, consider choosing oil-rubbed bronze fixtures or repainting your sink to an earthy shade. Another change you can make is upgrading your toilet seat to a design that is either more comfortable or aesthetically pleasing. In a guide to fitting a new toilet seat by HomeServe Living, they detail how replacing a seat is a straightforward task. All you need are pliers, a tape measure, a wrench, and your seat of choice. It may not seem like much, but you will be surprised at how renewed your bathroom will look after these small changes.
Change the flooring
While you can always clean your bathroom floors with bleach and a lot of scrubbing, the only way to get rid of cracks and damage is to completely replace the flooring. One easy and budget friendly way to conceal your existing bathroom floor is to consider a cut-to-fit vinyl floor cloth. Not only does vinyl wear well, it can also resist water and is one of the most affordable flooring choices available. Plus, it's quite simple to install — no nails or screws needed.
Faux nature accents on walls
The default for nature-inspired designs is wood. Stikwood makes peel and stick planking that’s made from sustainable wood sources, so you can DIY your faux wood wall. Having a wood accent wall will definitely give your bathroom a rustic feel. For another option, our previous article Ways to Add Faux Stone to Your Home for Rustic Charm outlines how faux stone also gives you the same vibe as well. Putting a stone accent behind your tub or shower, or even to their exterior linings, can make you feel like you’re in a spa in the country. On the other hand, surrounding your wall mirror with darker stone will make it stand out by giving it a dramatic look.
Plants bring your space to life — providing you with a calming view while freshening up the air too. If you already have faux wood and stone accents, having plants adds to the rustic feel of the bathroom even more. Not all kinds of plants can thrive in your bathroom however, so be sure to do your research before purchasing any plant. Treehugger’s list of shower-friendly plants suggests the eternity plant — also known as the ZZ plant. It is reportedly impossible to kill, even in the hands of the worst houseplant-keeper.
Upgrade your shower curtain
Your shower curtain is one of the larger elements of the bathroom, so changing it definitely helps set the tone of your bathroom interiors. You may want to replace your old vinyl shower curtains, as they primarily function as a water barrier, so they’re not exactly the most stylish option. They also release compounds that aren’t safe for the body. Instead, opt for fabric curtains that have water-repelling features. Our Primitive Shower Curtains are made of silk and cotton, allowing them to last longer and dry faster. Designs like the Kettle Grove and Burgundy Check will give your bathroom a countryside feel.
Sprucing up your bathroom calls for a little investment and creativity. Plus, doing it yourself also means you get more flexibility and freedom, compared to putting your remodeling project in the hands of someone else.