Your bathroom plays a vital role in your daily life, it invigorates you in the morning and relaxes you in the evening. Therefore, when considering any bathroom renovations it’s important that your room be not only functional but looks the part.
In 2018, the average cost of a major bathroom renovation in Australia was $17, 522, however this cost comes down to many factors and will fluctuate depending on your circumstances and needs. Whether you are looking to implement a few cosmetic changes or a substantial renovation, it is an investment that will not only be enjoyed by yourself but add value to the property overall, with a renovated bathroom adding nearly $20,0001to the value.
Bathroom renovations advice
Methven have teamed up with Dot + Pop blogger, Eve Gunson, to offer five top tips to update your bathroom when it’s starting to feel a bit dated or in need for an upgrade.
Update your shower and tapware
Showers and tapware can define the theme of your bathroom. Combined with functionality, choosing a shower and tapware that looks stunning will transform your bathroom into an oasis you can’t wait to use. Eve comments, “by simply replacing your tapware and shower you will transform the feeling of your bathroom. Remove the old and replace with matte black for a modern look.”
A lick of paint never hurt anyone
If the budget is tight, there are some very simple cosmetic changes you can make to immediately upgrade your bathroom. Eve says, “painting your tiles may sound strange but it is a very cost effective and simple way to completely and quickly refresh your bathroom. There are many tile paints available if you like to DIY or you can hire a professional to do it for you.” Opt for light colours to make the room feel bright or more spacious, or select a deep colour for a dramatic and modern finish.
Replace your vanity
“Removing your old vanity and replacing it with a new one will make your bathroom feel like it’s had a full renovation. Make sure you look for vanities that are the same size, as it’s a lot easier to slot it into the exact same spot rather than removing tiles and reconfiguring plumbing.” If you have a floor vanity consider replacing it with a floating vanity as a means of visually opening up the space. A floating vanity is also the perfect choice if you want to create clean, crisp lines in your bathroom making the room more modern. If your budget doesn’t allow for a purchase of a new vanity, then try and repurpose your old one or an existing piece of furniture. Keep in mind the size of the area and the plumbing needs.
Sometimes the simplest tasks are the most rewarding
“You can renew your bathroom and give a sense of a complete upgrade, just by re-grouting your tiles.If your tiles are still in good condition, they may simply need to be re-grouted in order to make them seem brand new again and brighten your bathroom, as discolouration can show the bathroom’s age,” says Eve.
Light it up
With a wide selection of modern and contemporary bathroom lighting styles available, there is something for every budget and theme. “Lighting is so important for a bathroom and if you have had the same lights since you moved in years ago it’s probably time for an upgrade. New lighting will not only be visually appealing but also often more functional,” suggests Eve. Try to avoid fluorescent lighting and aim to use natural or simulated natural light instead.
“People sometimes find it hard to believe, but it really is that easy to take your bathroom up a level,” concludes Eve.