Sprucing Up Your Bathroom: How to Create a Clean and Beautiful Space Without Remodelling
A bathroom is so much more than a place to take care of physical needs; for so many of us, the bathroom provides an oasis, a place we can go at the end of our hectic days for a long hot soak, removing the ache from our bones and calming the stress tightening our nerves. For busy parents in noisy households, it may provide a blissfully serene place to read for a while with few interruptions; for a shy teenager, it may be a realm of transformation where he or she indulges in hours of primping, gathering the courage to attend large social events.
Regardless of a person's age or place in life, when they enter a bathroom, they know they're going in there for the sole reason of attending to their own needs, and no one else's.
Naturally, then, it's important to make this space feel like a true haven; a dingy, depressing bathroom soon ruins the welcome sense of respite that bathrooms are associated with. Few of us, of course, have the money to spontaneously decide to remodel, but there are a number of simple, inexpensive changes you can make to spruce up your bathroom and make it feel like the tranquil space it's meant to be:
Perform “deep cleans” every couple of months. Bathrooms get dingier faster than other areas of the house owing to their high moisture content and frequent use by multiple people (often for activities that involve the shedding of hair and skin cells), and there is nothing like visible grime in a bathroom to activate one's “ew” response. Deep cleans should involve soaking the shower-head overnight in vinegar, removing and washing the shower curtains, bleaching away stains from grout (you can also seal the clean grout with a sealer, to keep it looking good for longer periods of time), scrubbing down all surfaces (walls, floor, counter tops, sink, faucets, etc.), and scrubbing out the toilet. Even an old bathroom can be an inviting, fresh-feeling space if kept very clean.
Update your faucets and fixtures. If you can't afford to remodel the whole bathroom, just replacing the components that are the most worn and dated—which is usually the faucets and light fixtures—can work wonders for making the room feel newer and cleaner.
Get organized. Bathrooms that look untidy and cluttered are never restful; if you have an older bathroom which features a pedestal sink and few towel bars, consider adding a wall-hung towel rack and putting up some shelves. On the shelves, place attractive labelled containers (these can house your lotions, soaps, makeup, etc.) and a few well-chosen decorations.
Balance the colour of the room. If your bathroom is suffering from too much colour (creating a “heavy” feeling), try painting the walls and cabinets white or another pale shade, and leaving the coloured tiles in place (it's much easier to paint than replace tiles). If your bathroom is too light in colour (creating that dreaded cold, clinical atmosphere) try adding colourful standout elements such as wall art, bright curtains, colourful washcloths, light fixtures, etc.