We all, deep down, want a little luxury in our lives. Nothing beats the feeling of being pampered and surrounded by beauty, especially in our homes.
Unfortunately, the very definition of luxury means that it’s expensive. Even though we all want something new, it’s not accessible to everyone: 41% of people would prefer buying a newly-built home over an older home, but only 8% of home buyers have incomes of $200,000 or more.
However, even if your wallet is on the lighter side, you don’t have to be stuck with less than the best. With a little ingenuity and an eye for design, you can create an affordable sense luxury in your home, one room at a time. For starters, we recommend the bathroom.
Why the bathroom? First of all, a beautiful and clean bathroom is also a healthy bathroom. Plus, keeping a gorgeous bathroom means you’ll start and end your day with a spa-like experience, whether you’re brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or changing your hairstyle as women do about 150 times over their lives.
If you’re planning the look of your new home, or hoping to transform your current residence, start with a glamorous bathroom. Here are five tips for creating the bathroom of your fanciest dreams with only your humble means:
1. Go Monochrome
Color is a powerful tool for influencing perception. In fact, 85% of shoppers said color was a primary reason they bought a particular product. When transforming your bathroom, focus on affordable ways to create an elegant color scheme. One simple tactic is to redecorate in a single, universal color. A monochromatic color scheme can be achieved with an affordable coat of paint, a new shower curtain, and maybe a bath mat. In the space of one weekend, your single-tone bathroom room will have a relaxing, spa-like appearance.
2. Focus on Fixtures
Since bathrooms tend to be smaller, details have a big impact on the appearance of the space. For a tiny, affordable change that makes a big impact, consider replacing fixtures like doorknobs and towel racks. Go one step up from boring chrome, and get brass or copper fixtures to ramp up the luxurious appeal. Even a little copper soap dish can make a big statement.
3. Hide the Clutter
No matter the style, luxurious bathrooms all have one thing in common– they’re clean! If you want to save cash on your bathroom transformation, get rid of the junk that’s been piling on the counter, in the cupboards, and on your shower shelves. Once you’ve purged as much as possible, look for clever containers that will conceal the essentials. Skip clear jars or topless boxes, and opt for opaque containers to hide clutter and achieve that designer look.
4. Add Seating
One easy way to take your bathroom to the next level is to add an extra seat. Though it may seem strange, a stool or storage bench makes any bathroom feel like it belongs in a posh hotel or fancy shoe boutique. Though the accent may seem expensive, a simple $10 stool can make your bathroom room feel more like a relaxing oasis.
5. Or, Just Splurge Already
While the above transformations are certainly affordable and impactful, sometimes, your bathroom needs more than a deep clean or new knobs. If you’ve been wishing for a total bathroom remodel for several years, it might be time to take the leap. After all, bathroom remodeling projects might be less expensive than you think when you factor in long-term costs– bathroom upgrades can bring you a return on investment of 70%. If you remember to keep costs low and consider your remodel an investment, that dream bathroom might be more affordable than you think.
While it would be nice to enjoy luxury in every room of the house, many of us are lucky to enjoy beauty in any room. If you’re hoping to pamper yourself with an interior upgrade, choose the bathroom. You’ll feel cleaner, fancier, and more relaxed if you start and end each day in a mini spa. With these tips, the bathroom of your dreams is only a few bucks and a few hours away!