The number of bathrooms in the United States is now twice as high as it was fifty years ago. Given the United States’ long love affair with bathrooms, it may come as no surprise that we also like to remodel them quite a bit.
Remodeling can also be called upgrading. It can be as simple as a few coats of paint and a new rug.
Upgrading can be an aesthetic change, but it can also involve improving the room in some functional way. This often requires a lot more work, but it’s worth it.
We’ll talk about a few bathroom upgrade ideas in the paragraphs below.
1. Change the Walls and Floors
One of the simpler changes you can make to your bathroom is to try something new with the floor or walls. Painting the walls a different color is arguably the easiest approach. You could also paint or stain your hardwood floor.
If you have tiles or wallpaper you’ll need to replace them. You could get new wallpaper or tiles, or you could opt for hardwood or paint.
If you’re the type who likes to think outside the box, you could always try to make your own unique floor. You could try to make a floor out of whatever materials you like, and you can make wallpaper out of recycled paper, such as newspapers or wrapping paper.
2. Get a New Vanity
The vanity is one of the main fixtures of a bathroom. This bit of furniture makes it possible to shave, comb and style our hair, apply makeup, and any other tasks that require us to see our faces.
Unfortunately, vanities are also fragile things, and any number of things can happen to them. They could get cracked or broken, as well as chipped or dirty.
Even if you don’t need to replace your vanity, you could always add another one. An extra vanity may add an extra touch of elegance to your restroom, and will allow more than one person access to a bathroom mirror at a time.
You may need to expand your kitchen counter before putting in an extra vanity. Most of the things we use a vanity for also involves using a sink to some extent. For this reason, many people who are installing an extra vanity would also prefer to put in a second sink.
If you do choose to pursue an extra vanity and sink, it will result in more counter and cabinet space. The vanity itself may also come with a cupboard, which is great considering all the stuff we need to store near the vanity and sink. From cologne to razors and shaving cream, combs, and even medicine, a vanity can store all sorts of things.
3. Update Your Bath and Shower
Whether you have a bath, shower, or both, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding upgrades for it. One upgrade you might consider is adding a Pioneer shower handle.
If you want, you can get more than just the shower handle. They offer a package that also includes a showerhead and tub spout. If you’re in need of a faucet or related products for any room, Pioneer has you covered.
If your issue is more with the tub or shower itself, you might try applying glue to cracks in the porcelain, and repainting anything any spot where the original coat of paint chipped.
In some severe cases, it might be necessary to repaint or refinish the whole tub. For a vintage look, you could add paneling on the outside of the tub. Just be careful and take measures against mold and mildew.
If you find that your issue is more with the placement of the appliances or their functionality, we recommend calling a plumber. This type of work should always be handled by a professional.
4. Put in a Backsplash
One great way to add a bit of color and flair to a bathroom is to put in a backsplash. A backsplash is a set of tiles or other material that is installed on a wall above the countertop to give the counter its own unique backdrop.
Backsplashes are something to consider, especially if you’re already doing tile work on the floor. When installing a backsplash, you’ll need to find tiles that match the color scheme and fit with the general mood of the bathroom.
Much like floors and walls, backsplashes can come in all sorts of different forms. People have used everything from marble to wood, bricks, and even bamboo.
The material isn’t the only way to get creative. You could try arranging the tiles in a unique pattern, or make a collage out of broken glass and use that as a backsplash.
If you have the skill, you could even paint a copy of Starry Night on the wall behind your sink. The only things limiting you are the materials you have access to and any decorative talents you may have.
The Best Bathroom Upgrade Ideas
Even if you don’t have much money in your pocket, there are still plenty of bathroom upgrade ideas that you can pull off. There are also more costly projects if you happen to be more comfortable at the moment.
We’ve talked about a few possible upgrades in this article, but there are others out there. Feel free to do more research if there’s another aspect of your bathroom you want to renovate.
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