By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer
Why is it that our bathrooms are often the last rooms in our house to finally get the love and attention they deserve… when in fact, they are one of the most important rooms in our homes?
We spend a lot of time talking about our kitchens because it is considered the heart of our home, the favorite place for our families and friends to gather.
But the fact of the matter is, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in our home because it is where we begin and end our day.
We often take our bathrooms for granted, even though in addition to them being a necessity,
it is often a place where we find inspiration or that big new idea while enjoying a refreshing hot shower…
It is also the one sanctuary space in our home where we can be left alone to unwind and recover from a long day.
So, if your bathroom is feeling a little neglected right now, here are a few simple, yet affordable ways to show them some love.
1. New vanity, countertop, fixtures, and hardware
If you are replacing your bathroom vanity, here is something to consider.
Do you really need two sinks or would one be better, giving you more counter space and possible tower storage?
Not all couples use the bathroom at the same time so it’s important to ask yourself whether you really need two sinks, or whether one would suffice, and then provide more storage space.
2. New very large mirror!
I advise clients all the time to go big with their mirror!
One of the ones I love specifying lately is the backlit mirror for a new updated way to light up your day. It’s not only very bright, it can be dimmed, and it prevents the need for a vanity light above or sconces flanking the mirror.
3. Add wainscoting and crown molding
These are inexpensive architectural features that will enhance and upgrade the look of any bathroom.
4. Paint or wallcovering
Don’t be afraid to go bold and dramatic with color, especially in a powder room or guest bath.
In your main bathroom, you might want to consider a quieter and more peaceful color to start and end your day.
5. Additional storage
Before you add additional storage, make sure you declutter first. Remove items from your bathroom you no longer want, need, or use. For example, outdated make-up, make-up bags, etc.
Once you have determined your specific storage needs, add the additional organizational tools you need. For example, over toilet storage unit, rollouts, deeper drawers, baskets. They will not only help you stay organized, but they will also help you control clutter.
6. Add live plants
Bring the outside in as much as possible, including natural light where feasible. Greenery not only adds color, but it just makes you feel better.
7. New towels, area rugs, shower curtain to complete the look
Last, but not least, add artwork or inspirational quotes that inspire and motivate you. They will help you set the tone for your entire day.