15If your bathroom is a little jaded or uninspiring and needs updating you might want to think about adding value. One of the ways to do this is to create a wow factor. Unfortunately, many people are under the impression that in order to do this you have to throw endless wads of money at the project. However the reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Conversely the (not so secret) secret to giving your bathroom ‘wow’ appeal is to spend money wisely on one or two quality products that provide both aesthetics and functionality. Get this right and you’ve cracked it. With this in mind, here are some great tips you might want to follow.
Showcase your bathroom furniture
Your bathroom furniture is the only feature that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing so it pays to dedicate the largest portion of your budget to this area. Therefore spend a little more on quality and make sure it’s matching. Also as you’re looking to create a bathroom buzz, then go for something unusual or different. Try to be selective with designs and colours. It can be modern or it can be retro, but what you’re looking for is something that isn’t going to scare people off. After all you’re looking to create an attractive and inviting sanctuary right?
One of the mistakes that people make with bathroom tiling is that they often spend way too much money on it. Yes it has to look good, but the reality is that it has a limited function. Tiling is a form of surface protection and that’s it! Good tiles should have a wear resistant coating but that’s as far as it goes. In fact other features such as handmade, highly polished, or imported generally can’t be appreciated by the naked eye and in the great scheme of things really aren’t that important. So why pay $100 plus a square metre, when you could get a quality tile for a fraction of this price? Try to stay away from patterned tiles because they’ll date quickly, instead plain tiles are the way to go.
Aside from the multitude of functional and aesthetic benefits that a quality glass showerscreen can bring, they really can make a difference to your bathroom in terms of the wow factor. However do remember that there are glass showers to match all budgets and they range from competitively priced ‘standard fit’ varieties through to hand-cut custom-made, frameless shower screens which can easily set you back thousands of dollars. If you’re looking for that wow factor but on a reasonable budget then why not opt for the semi-framed variety. Not only do they look great, but they’re often more hard-wearing that their more expensive frameless cousins.
When it comes to bathroom accessories this is also an area where many people often get carried away and before they know it, their budget has shot through the roof. The key is to think about use. After all, do you really need that memory-foam bath mat, when a standard one will do just as well? Or how about that glass-crystal toothbrush holder, is it really any better than a ceramic version? Alternatively do you really need a soap dispenser at all? Remember think form and functionality. If it doesn’t have one or the other, then don’t buy it!
So there you have it! By sticking to a sensible, quality-focussed budget, you can create that bathroom wow factor without it costing you a small fortune.