Updated: Feb 23
Renovating your property is a proven way to improve its value. That is true when the upgrades concern the bathroom. But simply upgrading your bathroom will not boost your home’s value or increase it to a significant degree unless you choose the right bathroom features to improve.
How you do a bathroom renovation is the most crucial factor in how much value a bathroom renovation adds to your home. If you are looking at improving the look and function of your bathrooms, what features should you focus your efforts on? Read on to find out.
The top 8 upgrades for your bathroom
1. Repaint the bathroom
Repainting is necessarily the place to start since the colors of your bathroom envelope the entire space and serve as the background for every feature of the bathroom. Bathroom colors influence how welcoming the bathroom feels, how bright it is, and how spacious people perceive it. By changing just this one element of the bathroom, you can completely transform the look and feel of the entire room. But be deliberate when choosing bathroom colors. The colors should complement the other style elements of the bathroom.
2. Upgrade the plumbing fixtures
Plumbing fixtures don’t take up a lot of space. However, they have an immense impact on people’s impressions about your bathroom. Plumbing fixtures are vital because they adorn the central pieces of your bathroom: the sink. Because they are shiny, they tend to draw people’s eyes. Lastly, those who use the bathroom will often touch the fixtures. These are the reasons why installing new modern fixtures is a must. This upgrade doesn’t cost a lot of money or take time; you can even do it yourself. Of course, if your sink is or any other features are leaking or are clogged, then the upgrade is a must!
3. Improved lighting and energy-saving features
Bathroom lighting is critical; several changes you want to make in the bathroom will fall well short of their desired effect if the lighting is inadequate. The amount and type of lighting are vital. You will need sufficient lighting around the vanity. You also want to have in-shower lighting, mood lighting, and as much natural light as possible. In addition to lighting, you should introduce energy-saving features. These could be LED lighting, low-flow showers, faucets, and toilets.
4. Replace your old shower and tub
One of the best ways to make a statement in the bathroom is installing a walk-in shower with a glass shower enclosure and a rainfall showerhead with multiple flow settings. This feature can fit any size of the bathroom. Instead of taking up space, it creates the appearance of the area. The clean lines of a glass shower enclosure add a minimalist appeal that communicates understated class. If there is a large bathtub in the bathroom, replace it with a smaller version (preferably a freestanding tub).
5. Upgrade the cabinet
You do not need to change the cabinets if they are still in good condition. However, you can improve their appearance without replacing them. Start by re-facing the cabinet. A simple and affordable facelift gives the same impression as buying new cabinets. You may also want to repaint the cabinets; a good idea if the cabinet color does not match the new paint. Cabinet hardware is another feature you should replace; cheap cabinet hardware will undo all the decent work you have done.
6. Update the vanity
The vanity and the entire area around it will need an upgrade. You do not have to replace the vanity; targeted changes can make all the difference. For instance, replacing the old mirror with a new decorated mirror featuring built-in lighting will improve the appearance and functionality of the vanity. Installing new double sinks with modern, attention-grabbing faucets will make the bathroom look even better. But when you do this, do not forget to also give attention to the countertop and backsplash.
7. Replace bathroom flooring
Bathroom flooring is the costliest and most labor-intensive project on this list. But bathroom floors are as essential as bathroom wall colors; they have an encompassing effect that can dampen or liven up the impact of other bathroom features. It would be best not to replace one cheap bathroom flooring with another when upgrading your bathroom flooring. If possible, add heated floors. They save you money because they use less energy for heating than the HVAC and the heated floors retain their heat for long.
8. Add extra storage
Bathrooms are notoriously for having little storage space, even though several things require storage. Creating additional storage space in your bathroom does not have to cost a lot of money. You will need little creativity, plus the willingness to explore unconventional ideas. A few ways to improve bathroom storage are; shelves above the bathroom door, freestanding storage on wheels, floating shelves on empty wall spaces, tall narrow cabinets, wall cabinets that double as mirrors, organizers, and wall hooks.