Updating A Bathroom

It’s not always necessary or possible for a makeover to involve renovation. Sometimes a few simple fixes can completely refresh a dated space. Here are some of our favourite ways to refresh a bathroom:

1. Add a small tropical plant or some fresh cut flowers. If you don’t have enough counter space for a large vase, try placing a small bud vase on the windowsill or add a small stool or side table next to the sink or tub to increase your surface space.

2. Hang new art. Hanging something on the wall in a bathroom or powder room is an opportunity to decorate that is often missed in this kind of space, but can add loads of character.

3. Change your shower curtain. It’s a huge component in a small space and can alter the entire mood and style of the bathroom. Something bright and colourful like the one shown here can add fun energy to an otherwise serene bathroom.

4. Update cabinet hardware. Sometimes a vanity could use a good coat of paint, but it may be that yours could benefit from a simple hardware switch to something more current.

5. Swap out your faucet. You may want to reserve this one for when your current one gets leaky, but once you have the opportunity, take advantage of updating the style. Something bold like the black one featured here will add drama to a small space. Plumbing can go a long way, if you decide to do improvements to your shower or toilet then you can check out Mac-Vik Plumbing and Heating if you need help with other plumbing fixtures for professional from plumbers. If the fixes are going to take a long time then your bathroom may be unavailable for you to use, so plan ahead of time and look into portable toilet rentals. Visit sites like for additional plumbing guidance.

6. Update your lighting. Improved illumination can make the biggest difference in a small bathroom makeover. Think about the level of light that would be the most functional for you and the direction of illumination that you would prefer. Sconces hung at eye level on either side of a mirror can cast a softer, more flattering glow than an overhead fixture.

7. Paint! When done yourself, painting walls one of the most cost effective ways to transform a space. You can even paint tiles now with the right paint.

Sure, a complete overhaul can transform a dated bathroom, but sometimes all a space needs is a little lipstick!

Author: Jennifer Koper & Gwen Matsell

Michael Graydon


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House & Home April 2014 issue


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