Monday, November 3, 2014

Bathroom makeover on a budget

Infuse new vitality into your bathroom. There’s no need for an overhaul – hold off on your decorator. Redesign and revive your bathroom with a handful of simple tricks well within a shoestring budget.

Matching accessories

Choose a common denominator to tie the elements of your bathroom into a cohesive look. Go with fittings and accessories that match the shower curtain or the rug, or vice versa. Set a particular theme, style, or color scheme.

Clean up the clutter

Stow away odds and ends in decorative bowls, boxes and containers instead of leaving them out in plain sight. Install new shelves to keep personal items out of the way. Set out scented candles and decorative matter on your counters instead.

Reglaze

Bathtubs and sinks cost a lot. Instead of replacements, apply new finish or glaze for an updated, mint-new look. Taps, on the other hand, should be well within a shoestring budget. Replace the blotchy sink or bathtub tap with stainless steel for a clean, modern look.

Paint over

A coat of mildew-resistant paint on the walls; tinted varnish for wooden floors and surfaces. For smaller bathrooms, choose lighter colors to give the illusion of larger space.

Clean tiles

Use an eco-friendly acid etcher to remove dirt and grout lines from tiles.

Mirror frames

Reframe your bathroom mirror to match the theme; make of it an accent piece in your bathroom, if you will. Alternatively, you can re-tile the area surrounding a wall mirror in lieu of an actual frame.

Lighting

Mood lighting can make all the difference. Install a softer, more ambient type of light, or look to lamps to give you this atmosphere. Hanging fixtures and decorative ceiling light will add a touch of elegance.

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