The bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked. After all, when we think about our leisure time at home, we tend to concentrate on the time we'll spend with our family and friends in our living room, kitchen, or bedroom than we are to think about sprucing up in the bathroom. However, we should't just chalk up the washroom to something for only practical purposes and ignore it. Instead, with the right plans, a bathroom can be transformed into room that's all about relaxation and luxury.
The bathroom can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, second only to the kitchen. Many of us love to deck out our bathrooms with expensive furnishings, marble tile, or perhaps clawfoot tubs, but if shelling out all that money on exorbitant furnishings isn't in the cards, or if that's simply not what you're looking for in bathroom renovation, there are still many ways you can give your bathroom a proper, luxurious makeover without breaking the bank.
Follow these six easy steps, and you'll have a fancier bathroom in no time!
If you don't want to shell out a lot of money on overpriced, imitation Monets, something small will work just as well. Take this bathroom, for example. Four small, corresponding pieces of artwork above the bathtub instantly create a classier look. You can arrange them geometrically, as shown here, or you can get a little wild about it and place one piece here, one piece there, spread them out across the walls and subsequently create a washroom full of gorgeous pieces that others will admire and revere.
And hey, if you don't want to buy any new artwork at all, try taking that small painting you have in the living room and bringing it into the bathroom. That'll spice things up a bit!
Installing new fittings in your bathroom is another small way of transforming your old, outdated bathroom into something extravagant. Brass and copper are everywhere lately, especially in the most luxurious of bathrooms, but if brass and copper are out of your price range, or simply not your style, we recommend the always chic, always exquisite silver furnishings.
They don't even have to be intricate. As we can see here, these simple fittings on the bathtub are sleek, easy to use, and match perfectly with any decor you have. You don’t even need to replace all of your faucets! We know hardware can add up, but luckily for you, a new soap dish, a mirror, or a little jar will do the trick making your bathroom fancier.
In many bathrooms, there isn't anywhere that is really suited to sit down on. However, you can really benefit from the addition of a seat in your washroom. Being able to sit down while fixing your hair, putting on your makeup, or perhaps shaving can make for a more relaxed atmosphere. And for a bathroom that will be used by elderly residents or guests, that addition of some seating can simply make the room more comfortable to occupy. If you don't have the room for a small seat, simply install a couple of cushions over your storage units to create the perfect banquette seat and rest area.
Not only does the addition of seating look fancy, it also feels magnificent — why do your makeup on the toilet when you have your very own throne?
Lighting is something that's so simple, yet so often overlooked in the bathroom. Perhaps it's because it’s usually there when we move into a new home, but be it a rental or not, we usually don’t get around to updating the fixtures. When revamping your bathroom, a good lighting plan is needed. Consider a series of layers — placing ample light where it is needed for showers, shaving, or putting on makeup.
Vanity lighting should be top priority, because these fixtures work the hardest to shed light on your face for primping. Vertical fixtures, like the one we see here, or sconces placed on either side of the mirror are best for giving off even light across the face.
Once you install some pieces of art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Accent lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art, brining extra attention to it while also creating a nice ambience.
Integrating furniture not normally associated with the bathroom, such as little tables, bamboo chairs, or vintage medicine cabinets, is a nice way to soften a washroom's austereness while adding storage and personality. As we can see here, the simple addition of a dresser below the sink and a small sofa really bring the bathroom together, matching with the grey interior and adding a touch of character.
As we've already mentioned, incorporating seating into the bathroom has its advantages, but mammoth pieces of furniture, as seen here, are no use to those with small-sized bathrooms. Never fear. You, too, can integrate interesting pieces, chairs, and tables into your washroom.
Textiles are a great way to add colour and softness to your washroom and bring warmth to an otherwise frigid floor. And, well, there's just something comforting about wrapping up in a clean, soft towel or stepping onto a warm bath mat right after showering. In addition to being very practical, and honestly needed, these soft furnishings can have a big influence when it comes to giving your bathroom the style you want. That also means that it’s easy to change the look whenever you feel like it. You just need to get some new towels and a matching mat, maybe a new shower curtain, depending on your bathroom, and you have a quick, affordable renovation.
Last, but certainly not least, we come to the accent feature that brings most rooms together and allows for a bit of nature inside the home, and that's lush, green vegetation. Putting plants in your bathroom is not only possible, but is also a great way to dress up your washroom. Here we see how the simple addition of two potted plants brings the bathroom to life.
Bathrooms are often the perfect environment for tropical houseplants, as they typically require low light and high humidity. You can hang your plants from the ceiling, put them on a shelf or a windowsill, or place them right next to the sink, like we see here.