Your bathroom should be a sanctuary, a place to go for relaxing vibes and rejuvenation. But have you been noticing the opposite feelings lately, a little less rest in your restroom? Has your commode become cringy?
A bathroom remodel can be a daunting undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be, and there are some simple steps you can take that brighten the space up without a complete overhaul of the room – and your bank account. Our Orcutt plumbers know just the right touches and have come up with eight bathroom upgrades for spring that will really pay off.
Grout and Sealants
White grout is such a great idea…until you live with it. It can go from sparkling white and spa-like to locker-room grey in no time, especially on the most traveled paths. Caulk and other sealants also commonly discolor with time, making surfaces look grungy or less than sanitary.
Replacing or recoloring grout and replacing discolored or damaged sealant can be a bit time-consuming, but doesn’t have to be difficult. Most home-repair magazines have how-to instructions available online, and YouTube is a great place to learn more. You’ll be surprised how fresh and clean these changes can make your bathroom feel.
We’ve all stepped into a bathroom and immediately felt like the door was a portal to the past. Those dated, gold-tone multi-bulb light fixtures never put things in a good light. Some homeowners have the skills to safely change out light fixtures, but all can find the phone number of an electrician. Installing modern lighting that provides the right type of light where you need it can make a big difference in the smallest room in the house. And if you’re replacing old-school incandescent bulbs with today’s efficient long-lasting LED bulbs, you’ll save some electricity, too.
Fun With Tile
There are ways to get creative with tile that won’t mean completely redoing the entire room. Lay a new pattern on the floor or on an accent wall for an updated look on a budget.
It’s amazing how colors affect mood. A cheery or serene color scheme can set the mood for your whole day. New paint colors, some fluffy new towels, and a luxurious bath mat are a great way to make any day feel a little more special. Yes, even Monday.
Knobs and Pulls
No budget for a new vanity? Take a look at your favorite online resources to see how a new set of knobs or pulls can change the look of your drawers and doors.
Faucets and Fixtures
Flaking, scaly or dated fixtures are never a good look. This might be an area where you need a little help, since damage to older plumbing can have costly consequences. You’ll love the stylish form and function of the beautiful fixtures available today. Choose something you love and enjoy using it for a long time.
If clutter is creating chaos, consider adding additional storage spaces. Take advantage of underutilized areas, such as adding shelving or a cabinet under the sink or over the toilet. A medicine cabinet mirror is another way to add storage space without doing major construction. Or, bringing in a simple shelving unit or cabinet into an unused corner for things like towels and toiletries can keep things more organized.
The bathroom tends to be the last place we think of when it comes to hanging artwork, but just like it can for any room, the right piece can make all the difference in the room. It doesn’t have to be kitschy bathroom-type art, either. Something classy can have just as much effect in the bathroom as any other part of the house, even if it’s something that just adds a pop of color. Consider hanging something over your tub to be considered when you’re relaxing in the bubble bath.
Spring is a great time to make bathroom upgrades you’ll appreciate all year long. And don’t forget, the friendly Orcutt plumbers at Griffin are always ready to lend a hand. Reach us at (805) 934-1949.