Home Decorating: Bathroom on a Budget

When it comes to home furnishings are a few rooms that have quite the impact of a bathroom or kitchen when they redecorated. There is something wonderful about taking a tired old bathroom and make it look bright and shiny again. Most people, however, crawl at the thought of a bathroom remodel fearing the absolute worst when it comes to their financial situation, when all is said and done. The good news is that small steps can lead to big changes in rooms as small as bathrooms. These small steps do not need to have great prices to be very effective.

My suggestion with a bathroom is to assess where the worst spots and stains can be. Paint the walls can be a good place to start, but you should first determine if you are planning to remove the cabinet. This is a place where it's best to save the painting for later in the project rather than at the beginning. The vanity in many bathrooms takes up a lot of real estate. Gone are the days when chunky cabinets were the popular choice for bathrooms. Now people want the bathrooms to have the appearance of a wide open space. This means that the cabinet and vanity becomes smaller rather than larger.

Most homeowners find that the removal of bulky cabinet in the bathroom often leads to some degree of patching required for the drywall and noticeable gaps in flooring. These will need to be addressed with some urgency, which means that now is a good time to select color option for walls and floors. Smaller bathrooms do well with lighter colors on the walls to give them a larger appearance. Use towels and decorations to bring in darker accents but keep the walls light and bright. Also choose paint that can withstand high levels of humidity in the bathroom.

Flooring in a bathroom also needs to be able to withstand high heat and humidity as this room is rather insulting to the floor and walls. For this reason, hardwood is not the floor of choice for most bathrooms. Ceramic tile is an excellent choice and not terribly expensive. There are also some laminates that are designed to respond well to a high humidity environment, such as will be found in a bathroom. Choose flooring that will accent walls and overall sense of interior design you hope to achieve when decorating your home and bathroom, because this is not something that you will want to change often.

The toilet in the bathroom is quite easy to buy but I recommend you leave it be if it is not absolutely need to be changed. This is not an easy procedure for beginners and experts are expensive. In this case, "if it is not broke do not fix it" is a great motto to live by. The same goes with a shower. But if you simply can not live with your shower (or bathtub) as is, you might want to try hire professionals to come in and resurface your tub. It's much cheaper than buying a brand new tub and will have yours look bright, shiny, and as good as new. Again, you can avoid the high cost of a plumber, even though you are paying for professionals to resurface.

To top things off, you will be amazed at the difference that new knobs, fixtures and hardware can make in a bathroom. Add a couple of lamps for subtle lighting and some decorative touches of your own and you have a brand new bathroom without spending a king's ransom to do so. The shower curtain and 'guest' towels should be your largest splurges in your bathroom, because they will tie the room together. You shower curtains and towels will mix colors and patterns to create the overall atmosphere you should be hoping to achieve in your bathroom. And all this can be done one step at a time, no matter how sparse your budget may be.