You may be looking at the New Year as a fresh start—a chance to make changes to habits, relationships, and other aspects of your life. With those changes sometimes comes a need for a change in scenery. However, you don’t have to go to a faraway place to feel rejuvenated and refreshed — you can feel that way in your home.
One way to give your house a more refreshing feel is to change up one room. As one of the most intimate places in the house, the bathroom is a good start. Here are some things you can do to make your bathroom feel brand new as 2019 kicks off:
Install a bathroom partition — For master bathrooms, there may be a lack of privacy. Adding a partition to separate toilets and tubs from the view of the whole bathroom will allow you and your significant other to use the room while not encroaching on the other’s “me time.” Partitions can also add visual texture to the room as well as additional shelving options, depending on what kind of partition you choose.
Upgrade light fixtures — A lot of older homes have insufficient light, which can make rooms appear dark and gloomy. Updating light fixtures in your bathroom can make a big difference. Newer light fixtures can give the room a more sophisticated aesthetic, while also providing more light. This update can easily make your bathroom one of the more appealing rooms in the home.
Since changing over light fixtures could involve moving electrical lines, you should consider hiring a professional electrician to do the job.
Replace your bathtub — Adding a bathtub or switching out an old tub for a new one can be an expensive change, but it will be well worth it, especially if you enjoy taking luxurious baths. Depending on the space you have to work with, and what styles fit your tastes, there are many bathtubs to choose from. From alcove tubs to freestanding tubs and soaking tubs to standard tubs, it’s easy to get inundated with the options. However, one decision is simple: unless you’re installing a specialty tub made from materials that go with the aesthetic and design of the bathroom, going with a white tub is your best bet, as it is a timeless color and will appeal to potential buyers if you choose to sell your home in the future.
Repaint — One of the easiest features to change in a bathroom is the paint. While painting your bathroom may seem simple or even dull, changing the color of any room can create a new aesthetic. By picking colors that are neutral or a lighter tone, you can turn your bathroom into a paradise that you can relax in. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also try painting the ceilings and cabinets in your bathroom. Painting these surfaces can help make the room seem more uniform. However, this is only recommended if you are going with a light neutral tone for the walls.
When you purchase your paint, make sure that you have a paint technician mix in some additives to fight against mildew.
Don’t forget to accessorize — With the holiday season come and gone, you may find yourself on a tight budget. If you don’t have the money to make any significant changes in your bathroom, you can easily give it a different feel by replacing the accessories. Picking a theme and going off that will help you choose wall hangings, soap dispensers, and counter decorations that complement each other. You can also spruce up the room by buying new bathmats and hand towels.
Invest in new fixtures — If you’ve never changed the faucets, handles, or towel racks in your bathroom, it may be time to do so. Changing simple accents can easily give your bathroom an updated and sophisticated feel. It’s also a relatively easy fix for those wanting to keep to a small budget. However, it’s important to make sure the style of fixtures you pick complement your existing bathroom. Otherwise, you could end up making your bathroom look worse than it did before.
For those looking for a change of pace in 2019, making adjustments to your bathroom is a great way to start. While you can make major changes, doing small and simple things can be enough to create a peaceful place for you to relax as you start anew and try to reach your goals for the New Year.