Five tips to get a whole new look in the bath­room, for less

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A bath­room­re­model

is one of the most valu­able home im­prove­ment projects you can un­der­take. Ac­cord­ing to Re­mod­el­ing Mag­a­zine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, amid-range bath­room re­model of $16,000 re­coups 70 per­cent of its value at the time of re­sale.

But what if you want a great bath­room on a smaller bud­get? Or crave bet­ter ef­fi­ciency and func­tion, but aren’t will­ing to lose the use of your bath­room dur­ing weeks of ren­o­va­tion? For­tu­nately, a bath­room can get a fresh look with im­proved func­tion and ef­fi­ciency, with­out the has­sle and ex­pense of a full re­model.

Here are five easy im­prove­ments that can re­ju­ve­nate your bath­room - and they can each be ac­com­plished in just one day!

Faucets are more than just a func­tional bath­room el­e­ment - they are the “jew- elry” of a bath­room. A new faucet can re­de­fine the com­plete ap­pear­ance of a van­ity, and evoke the feel­ing of a whole new design for the bath­room. Man­u­fac­tur­ers like Amer­i­can Stan­dard of­fer styles that fit with vir­tu­ally any bath decor: clas­sic to con­tem­po­rary, cos­mopoli­tan to coun­try, re­fined to rus­tic. An on­line search for faucet de­signs will yield nu­mer­ous op­tions. A breadth of op­tions are avail­able at lo­cal home im­prove­ment stores or a kitchen and bath­room show­rooms.

Re­plac­ing faucets can also make your bath­room more wa­ter ef­fi­cient. Older faucets gen­er­ally have a higher flow rate than newer mod­els, so more wa­ter, and­money, goes down the drain. Amer­i­can Stan­dard bath­room faucets have a flow rate of just 1.5 gallons per minute, us­ing 32 per­cent less wa­ter than stan­dard faucets, and are WaterSense-cer­ti­fied for high per­for­mance and wa­ter ef­fi­ciency.

There’s a rea­son why paint­ing is on vir­tu­ally ev­ery list of “must-do” home im­prove­ments - it’s a fast, easy and eco­nom­i­cal way to com­pletely change how a room looks and feels. Most bath­rooms will re­quire only a sin­gle gal­lon of paint and one day to re­paint. You can save money by do­ing the job your­self, too.

When choos­ing paint col­ors for a mini-re­model, re­mem­ber that the bath­room is an oa­sis of re­lax­ation, not just a place to shower and brush your teeth. Sooth­ing, neu­tral tones on the walls will help in­spire this sense of calm, while pro­vid­ing a placid back­drop for pops of color in your ac­ces­sories and linens.

If the faucet is the crown jewel of your bath­room, the cabi­net and drawer hard­ware are lovely ac­cents to taste­fully com­ple­ment it. Once you’ve re­placed that tired old faucet, it’s time to look at cabi­net knobs and drawer pulls. Look for op­tions that match the style state­ment­made with your faucet - tra­di­tional, tran­si­tional, con­tem­po­rary, eclec­tic, etc.

Keep in mind that co­or­di­nat­ing the knob fin­ish to the faucet will cre­ate a pleas­ing, co­he­sive look for your over­all bath­room design. Pop­u­lar fin­ishes are brushed nickel, pol­ished chrome, oil rubbed bronze and satin brass. Swap­ping hard­ware can be a fast, cost-ef­fec­tive way to un­der­score your re­mod­el­ing theme.

Sure, a sin­gle spray show­er­head that’s 10 years old can be ad­e­quate to get you clean. But a shower should be an ex­pe­ri­ence - a sat­is­fy­ing and re­lax­ing one. Re­plac­ing a sin­gle spray show­er­head with a mul­ti­func­tion model can pro­vide var­ied spray pat­terns for dif­fer­ent pur­poses - and help cre­ate amore spa-like ex­pe­ri­ence in your bath­room.

Plus, a new show­er­head can save you money in the long run, es­pe­cially if your cur­rent one is dated and in­ef­fi­cient. Wa­ter-sav­ing mod­els like the Amer­i­can Stan­dard FloWiseWater Sav­ing Show­er­head use sig­nif­i­cantly less wa­ter than tra­di­tional mod­els. A spe­cial aer­a­tor spins amere 1.5 gallons of wa­ter per­minute to make it feel like a pow­er­ful spray.

Just as new win­dow treat­ments look great in the liv­ing room, they make a big dif­fer­ence in bath­rooms, too. Up­date win­dow treat­ments - ro­man shades, mini-blinds, valances, full-length sheers - what­ever style works in your bath­room. Splurge on an up­scale shower cur­tain and throw rungs that match the win­dow treat­ments, and fin­ish off with a lux­u­ri­ous set of tow­els.

Bath­room re­mod­el­ing doesn’t have to cost a bun­dle or take a lot of time. A few sim­ple up­dates can make all the dif­fer­ence, at a frac­tion of the cost.

This Times Square wide­spread bath­room sink faucet from Amer­i­can Stan­dard show­cases dis­tinc­tively strong design lines for a dra­matic state­ment when up­dat­ing your bath­room.

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