The bathroom is the most heavily trafficked room in any home so it is the first room to look tired or dated. There is a lot you can do to update your bathroom without spending money on major renovations or even painting or wallpapering; all it takes is some imagination, savvy shopping and a little bit of elbow grease.
Modern shower kits make an ordinary tub or shower into something special and they can be installed without the help of a plumber. The typical shower kit features a handheld showerhead in addition to the standard showerhead; this gives you much more flexibility since you can target the water spray precisely where you want it. Use a handheld showerhead to shampoo hair, bathe children, wash pets, water plants or clean tub with vinegar or clean shower enclosure.
If the tub or shower look dated you can also use a shower trim kit to replace the bath spout, showerhead and decorative flange. Choose one that fits your current plumbing and you can do all the work yourself without going behind the walls; in just an hour or so your shower hardware will be stylish, shiny and new. Add a curved shower curtain rod to create more elbow room; replace the shower curtain and install top quality shower curtain hooks to totally transform your bathing experience.
New light fixtures can be costly so it is a good idea to carefully clean the ones you already have. Remove the light bulbs and replace them with energy efficient LED light bulbs or CFL bulbs at the highest wattage recommended for the light fixture; clean the light fixture with glass and hard surface cleaner until it sparkles. Sometimes the simple act of cleaning and replacing the bulbs can add new life to a mundane light fixture.
Painting can be a hassle but it is easy to change the look of a bathroom with textiles. Use a new shower curtain as the focal point or replace the window treatments to introduce a new color, print or pattern.
Unless you are planning a major renovation you will need to live with the existing tub, toilet and sink; bath vanities can be expensive as well so it is best to try to work with what you have until you are ready to remodel. Update the vanity and medicine cabinet by replacing the hardware – new cabinet pulls and drawer knobs can make a big difference in the look and functionality of the room. Tie it all together with a coordinating towel rack and shower curtain hooks for a professionally decorated look.