Unless you've won the real-estate lottery, odds are, your bathroom isn't perfect. Sure, it might get plenty of natural light, but those unsightly tiles, cheap linoleum floors, and lackluster light fixtures are likely holding you back. Luckily, a little creativity can help you transform a ho-hume bathroom without a major overhaul — whether you're a renter who can't make extensive changes without losing your security deposit or a homeowner who's on a strict budget.
The three biggest, most impactful things you can do to your bathroom (no gut-job required) are: paint, switch out lighting, and swap out hardware. Then, depending on how handy you are, you can swap out your faucets too. But honestly, those first three will really change the look and feel of the space an insane amount. Also, never underestimate the power of some great accessories."
Ready to improve your bathroom without stripping it down to the studs? Scroll on for 16 easy bathroom upgrades that don't require a gut job.
02 Swap Out Your Sink Faucet
Allow us to demonstrate the transformative power of swapping out your sink faucet. Here, a sleek polished nickel faucet adds a bit of modern edge to a bathroom filled with traditional details like a pedestal sink and board and batten molding.
03 Update Your Shower Hardware
Update your shower hardware (i.e. your shower head, shower rod, bathtub faucets, etc.) to revamp your entire space. Don't be afraid to mix your metals for an on-trend look.
04 Adorn Your Walls With Eye-Catching Wallpaper
Adorn your walls with eye-catching wallpaper. Wallpaper tends to be more expensive than paint, so this bold application is especially prudent for a powder bathroom refresh.
05 Slather Your Walls in a Fresh Coat of Paint
Temporary and relatively inexpensive, they offer an ideal solution for renters or budget-conscious homeowners.
Give your floors a fresh look with a new bathmat, this seemingly simple swap can have a major impact on the overall look and feel of your space.
Forgo simply slathering your walls in paint or wallpaper in favor of adding architectural interest to your bathroom walls instead. O-groove paneling adds character to basic bathroom walls.
10 Replace Your Toilet and/or Your Sink
Consider undertaking a slightly larger project and replace an unsightly toilet or sink to give your bathroom an upgrade that's equally practical and aesthetically minded.
11 Swap Out Your Bathroom Light Fixtures
For a low-lift bathroom upgrade that will immediately have a huge impact on the entire space, swap out your light fixtures (i.e. sconces, pendants, etc.)
If you're on a budget, install a backsplash in a powder room (versus a full-on bathroom) as it will require fewer tiles to get the same effect.
15 Update Your Bathroom's Window Treatments
Although often overlooked, window treatments have the power to completely transform any space. Natural fiber roman shades add some much-needed texture to a neutral bathroom.
16 Swap Your Standard Cotton Towels for High-Quality Linens
No bathroom is complete without high-quality linens. You can't go wrong with fluffy cotton towels or tasseled Turkish Towels. Bonus points if you display them on a ladder, as in the chic master bath pictured here.