The National Association of Homebuilders reports that the standard home for-sale is about 2,200 square feet. This is up from 1,800 square feet that was the norm for several years. More bathrooms being added account for this increase. Buyers are putting a lot more emphasis on bathrooms. What does this mean? The almost forgotten room in the house has suddenly become much more important.
This is true if you are looking to sell or buy a home, or just dream of a bathroom that looks fresh and updated. Completely renovating the bathroom can run into thousands of dollars and possibly days of mess and even inconvenience. Don’t let this destroy your dreams of a great bathroom. Here are some tips that won’t break the bank.
First, declutter, declutter, declutter! Clutter will make the bathroom appear smaller and disorganized. Clear off the counters. If you have a clothes hamper in the bathroom, move it to the utility room next to the washer. The utility room is a great place to store the cleaning supplies.
Lighting is one of the most important upgrades that can make the bathroom look fresher and larger. Changing out older lighting fixtures and florescent bulbs is not difficult or expensive to replace. This will eliminate the unattractive shadows and odd skin hues cast by the older fixtures. If upgrading the fixtures is not possible, try the new bulbs which produce light that is similar to that cast on a bright, sunny day.
A refreshing coat of paint would be the next quick and easy upgrade to the bathroom. It is no longer necessary to use gloss paint to combat mildew. There is an additive that can be mixed into matte paint to resist moisture. A semi-gloss would be a good choice to paint cabinets and trim. Choose light or neutral colors for the walls and only use dark richer colors for accents. Check the colors under the updated lighting before you paint, since color temperature can affect color shade. Some of the suggested color in pale shades are; aqua, turquoise, sage, cream, warm pale yellow or tan.
Give your bathroom a hardware upgrade, especially if they are gold brass circa 1978. This hardware includes drawer pulls, towel racks, and toilet paper holders. Unscrewing or popping off the old hardware makes it easy to replace. Try to buy replacements that have similar screw hole spacing which will mean fewer holes to make (and hide) in cabinets and walls. Don’t forget the shower rod. The curved shower rod gives the bathroom a more luxurious feel and more room in the shower.
Upgrade the bathroom textiles. Donate or throw away those old towels and bath mats. Replace the shower curtain if you have one. Buy a fluffy rug to throw on the floor. If you have a color scheme, make sure that the textiles include at least a bit of the color to tie the room together.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can have a great bathroom to help you sell your home, or a dream bathroom to love and relax in.
Written by Tayna Vy, 941-955-2224