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Renovate Your Bathroom in the New Year

Updated Monday, December 19, 2011  ::  Views (2584)

Tackle a Renovation this winter and you'll recover all the costs when time comes to sell ! And enjoy it in the meantime.

 
PAINT 
Paint is the quickest and most economical solution for drab decor. All white is a traditional favourite, but take a cue from nature's palette with subtle shades like eau-de-nil (a light green-grey that literally takes its name from the Nile), ice or a pale robin's-egg blue. WALLPAPER
Wallpaper in a steamy room can give pause, but for extra adhesion, prep walls first with glue and then apply a pre-pasted version. Just one wall for impact is all it needs usually. Geometric prints or cute fun decals require less of a commitment. Natural foral papers in a powder room look rich and sophisticated, especially within elegant, monochromatic palettes.
VANITY
For big impact, change the bathroom's centrepiece with a ready-made vanity. There are so many options, whether you favour a casual, beach-house beadboard version, or sleek boutique-hotel model in a dark stain with a vessel sink.
FIXTURES
Don't underestimate the power of
fixtures such as towel bars and hooks to spruce up a bath. Make sure the finishes are the same for continuity. Traditional bathrooms shine with crystal or chrome knobs, and modern spaces suit brushed nickel finishes.
FLOORING
Buyers today are looking for Tile or Linoleaum that looks like tile. This is a cheap & effective way to totally revamp your tired bathroom.
WINDOWS
Crucial for privacy, window treatments also help establish the tone of a bathroom, adding a shot of colour, texture or both. Try bamboo matchstick blinds or opt for cotton tab panels or etched glass film for a spa-like feel.
MIRRORS & MEDICINE CABINETS
A beautiful new mirror can make your bath sparkle like a spa. If storage is very minimal, a mirror-fronted medicine cabinet is an easy and affordable fix.
STORAGE
Freestanding wall and floor units and baskets provide essential places for myriad bathroom supplies, but if you're working with open storage, displaying multiples of one item, like rolled white towels or bars of unwrapped soap, is a designer trick to keep shelves looking chic.
ACCESSORIES
Pick tumblers and wastebaskets that match.  New towels tie a colour scheme together and look fresh. Plants and flowers are always a lovely touch & thrive in the humidity of a shower-frequented room. And when it comes to your shower curtain, think of it as as a big, blank canvas and make a statement. Go bold with serious graphics, add pop of colour to a white space or put a playful print in a children's bathroom.
LIGHTING
The simple switch-up of sconces or an overhead
light fixture can do wonders to freshen up a bathroom. Bar lights keep the overall mood sleek and uncluttered but don't be afraid to inject drama. If possible, put everything on dimmer switches so the room can easily move from clean and functional to romantic refuge.
 
 
Even if you don't have the budget or inclination to address all 10 of these top tips, don't despair. Tackling even one or two can quickly make a difference. So go ahead. Schedule off a day - or even a few hours - and take your bathroom from bland and basic to refreshed and beautiful.

 

 

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