For homeowners looking to make their home stand out from the pack, a bathroom rehab is always tops on the list. But, according to Remodeling Magazine, the national average cost of for a bathroom remodel in 2014 is a whopping $16,128. So, how can homeowners who are on a budget get that updated look for less?
“Knowing what’s in and what’s out in bathroom design is important for homeowners deciding where to spend their makeover dollars,” explains Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist, Will Smith. “I suggest they look at four key areas: the mirror, paint, hardware and lighting. Each can be easily and inexpensively updated to provide a new, modern look for the bathroom.”
Smith, who is known for creating high end looks for less, shares his tips for making over a bathroom on a budget – without sacrificing style:
What’s Out: Unframed, builders-grade mirrors are a thing of the past.
What’s In: A frame completes the mirror and gives a bathroom a finished, updated look. Adding a MirrorMate frame directly to the mirror, while on the wall is an easy, affordable update. A good tip for selecting a frame is to think about what you’d frame a piece of artwork in for the room. The mirror is the focal point in the bathroom and can make a real statement with the right frame. DIY mirror frames are the first step towards an elegant, and inexpensive bathroom remodel.
What’s Out: Paint is never out. It is a tried and true way to make a big impact with little cost. Colors do change though – you’ll want to stay away from mauves and pinks.
What’s In: Create a spa-like setting with paints in beige and pale tones. Some popular colors are chocolate, aqua, olive, and golds. When choosing color, remember the more contrast, the more “POP.”
(image via Better Homes & Gardens)
What’s Out: Mismatched hardware can give the room an uncoordinated feel.
What’s In: Choose brushed nickel, pewter, antique or oil-rubbed bronze finishes that coordinate with the lighting and fixtures, bath bars, knobs, pulls, switches and receptacle covers. These quick fixes pull the room together with one modern, cohesive look.
What’s Out: Take down that bright, bare-bulbed Hollywood lighting that casts a harsh light.
What’s In: Go with a fixture that adds beauty and soft lighting with shades or sconces. They can run above your mirror or flank it on each side. And remember, these accent your room’s greatest focal point so be sure to select a style that is right for you and makes a statement in the room.
(image via Shades of Light)
“You don’t need to do a full scale renovation to get the look of an updated bath,” explains Smith. “Some strategic and cost-effective changes can go a long way to giving you the look you desire.” Read More