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Five Ideas to Update Your Bathroom

Posted by Kristine Hamilton on Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 10:22am.

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Bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in a home, but often they are simply not living up to their full potential. An outdated bathroom could be detracting from your home's overall appeal, and a floor to ceiling bathroom remodel should lead to a monetary return of up to eighty percent (freshome). If you cannot swing a full room makeover, but you still want to set yourself apart from other area properties, here are five upgrades you can do that will help you on your way.

1. Paint:

A quick and relatively inexpensive change a homeowner can make is to paint! A fresh coat of paint can brighten a room while injecting a touch of personality. Color can also affect the way we feel and change the way we view a space. Green is said to increase feelings of safety and stability, while violet is known to be relaxing. Medium blue not only makes small rooms feel larger, it is also calming. Yellow is often thought of as a sunny and happy color, however, when people are exposed to it for long periods they can become irritable (diynetwork).

2. Replace fixtures:

interior_bathroom2_sm_300Outdated features such as light fixtures, faucets, and door pulls on cabinets can make bathrooms feel old and unfashionable. Most of these things can be easily changed without professional experience or help. Many older area properties still have brass light and sink fixtures, simply replacing them with brushed, stainless steel is a small change with a big impact.

3. Put in new flooring:

Replacing dingy or dinged vinyl floors with tile can make an old bathroom feel fresh and new. Although not the most economical option, tile floors are one of the things that often separate new area properties from the old. For some, this project may be in the do it yourself category, however, it may also be the kind of modification that requires professional help. Matching floor tiles to wall color creates a cohesive look that can make the whole room feel well thought out and designed.

4. Sinks and vanities:

Traditional vanities are functional, however, they are not always fun. There are seemingly limitless options these days for unique and usable counter spaces. If a bathroom has dual sinks, an option might be dividing the space into two symmetrical and identical spaces. Try using framed mirrors, stand alone vanity cabinets, and uniquely shaped sink basins for a look that stands out from the crowd.

5. Bathtubs and showers:

interior_bathroom4_sm_300_01One of the most expensive but biggest transformations that can be made to a bathroom is to change the bathtub and shower. If there is existing room, or new space thanks to a remodel, separating the tub and shower areas can create quite an impact. Tile showers can be customized with different showerheads and even steam options. If the tub and shower areas are split, putting a luxurious, clawfoot bathtub into the space may produce a stunning focal point. If there is not room for a shower and separate bathtub, a uniquely shaped tub and visually interesting showerhead may be a good option.

Changing the look and feel of the bathroom is a fantastic idea whether a homeowner is looking to sell their home using one of our excellent agents, or just wanting to more thoroughly enjoy the place they live while, at the same time, helping to set their home apart from other area properties.


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