How to Update Your Bathroom for Less

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A bathroom is a place often frequented to, especially when guests are over. Over time, it becomes outdated both in style and quality. Before you know it, old fixtures, faded towels and outdated decor need to be replaced. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on materials and labor to renovate your bathroom, spend a few hundred dollars for a simple transformation. When updating your bathroom, stay practical, but add a touch of luxury here and there to retain its value.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Bathroom accessories
  • Cabinet knobs and handles
  • Fixtures
  • Lights
  • Organization bins
  • Paint your bathroom walls a bright and neutral color. Colors such as pastel yellow, light green and beige reflect light so the room looks larger, cleaner and more inviting. To balance the neutral colors, put a pop of darker color into your bathroom accessories, such as towels, bath mats, shower curtains and decor.

  • Update your bathroom cabinet knobs and handles. Whether you choose modern hardware for your cabinets or personalized hardware found at flea markets or garage sales, new hardware is sufficient in giving your bathroom a new look. Even simply painting the hardware a different color gives the room new style. Replace rusty and outdated towel racks, toilet paper holders and hooks. Chrome hardware is an inexpensive, sleek, clean and modern choice of material for new hardware.

  • Update your bathroom's fixtures. A new shower head or sink faucet goes a long way in inexpensively updating your bathroom. Modern sink faucets and shower heads at home improvement stores cost as little as $50. If you're not experienced in switching out fixtures, many home improvement stores will install your new faucet or shower head for you for an added fee.

  • Install bathroom lighting. Recessed lighting or modern wall sconces add a dramatic feel to your bathroom. Dimmer lights are an ideal addition to bathrooms with spa tubs to accent the relaxing mood. Installing new lighting is simple, even if you've never done it before.

  • Purchase organization bins for your bathroom. By organizing and removing clutter, your bathroom will seem larger since your eyes won't automatically be drawn to the clutter. For bathrooms lacking closets or other places to hide storage, use stackable bins for rarely used supplies and extra bath towels.

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