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How to Update the Most Overlooked Room in Your Home

How to Update the most Overlooked Room in Your Home How to Update the Most Overlooked Room in Your Home
There comes a time in every homeowner's life when it feels as though your home is on the brink of perfection. You can't wait to host your first house warming or dinner party, but there‘s the sense that something isn't quite up to par with everything else.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, it may be time to evaluate what room needs to be updated in your home. And in many cases, this room tends to be your bathroom. Often forgotten, bathrooms are an underrated, but highly used, part of the household.

A bathroom can tie everything together and increase the resale value of your home. So regardless of whether you're looking to transform your bathroom into a spa, install a few simple additions, or implement a complete renovation, there are many tips and tricks to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

At Imperial Wholesale, we’re here to help you transform your bathroom from drab to fab in no time by:
  1. Adding space to the area
  2. Updating the outdated
  3. Incorporating molding
  4. Installing storage and shelves
  5. Adding a touch of personality
But before beginning, we suggest taking a look at our Principles of Bathroom Design to make sure you have an established direction and budget of where you’re willing to take this project. Once you’re done evaluating everything you’d like to include, it’s time to get started.

1. Add space to your bathroom

At Imperial Wholesale, some of the top ways we add space to bathrooms include:
  • Fixating shower curtains
  • Accenting walls with paint
  • Making use of your mirrors

Fixate your shower curtains

A little known trick that makes your bathroom seem larger is to suspend your shower curtains closer to the ceiling. Placing your curtains higher up will lengthen the appearance of your walls and trick the eye into thinking your ceilings are higher than they really are. Before beginning this project, be sure to double check that your new shower curtains are extra-long when you’re standing in line to checkout.

Paint your walls

Another contemporary trend that can bring novelty to an outdated bathroom are half painted, two-toned walls. Typically, for two-toned walls, the bottom half of the wall is painted a color that speaks to you most, while the top half remains neutral. The dual colors can alter the appearance of your ceiling, making your guests feel as though your bathroom is larger and your ceilings are higher. However, if you're not looking to change the color of your bathroom walls, opt for an accented ceiling to spruce up your bathroom. A fresh coat of paint can add a nice pop of color without overwhelming your guests from all sides. For the best results, we suggest picking a color not too overwhelming to the eye. Instead, try selecting a color that comes off relaxing and serene.

Make use of your mirrors

Everyone knows that a mirror opens up a room better than anything else—and your bathroom mirror is no exception. One out-of-the-box idea for updating your bathroom mirror is to frame it. Frames aren’t just for photos anymore. Framing your bathroom mirror can instantly transform a bland space into a charming area of your bathroom. This project can make the room a little more tasteful without having to deal with the cost of replacing the entire mirror. For more information on this DIY project, visit HGTV for step-by-step instructions. With just a few simple steps, your bathroom mirror will be picture perfect.

2. Update the outdated

Many times, a bathroom can be completely transformed by simply ridding the area of all things outdated. And although a typical bathroom can hold many outdated items, some of the most crucial items to upgrade include your:
  • Lighting
  • Sinks
  • Cabinets

Upgrade your lighting

Why should all the other lights in your house get all the attention? There’s no reason to stick with the original lighting fixture that was installed with your bathroom way back when. Although it’s considered a small upgrade, updating your bathroom lights will make a significant difference in the overall feel of your bathroom. Make your traditional florescent lights a thing of the past and instead elect for a more modern option.

Revamp your sink

Love your bathroom but hate your sink? Painting your sink may sound crazy but can actually make all the difference. Start by removing your faucet and sanding your sink down with sand paper or steel wool. During this step, it’s important to continue sanding even when you think you’re done. This ultimately helps make the process easier and the finalized project smoother in the end. Next comes the paint. For this project, we recommend picking the color that speaks to you the most. Just remember to make sure not to apply the paint too thick. This will help prevent air bubbles. Finally, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Try spray painting the sink faucet in your desired pull-it-all-together color and painting the shower faucet to match. For more information on this project, visit It All Started with Paint to discover what products and steps are needed to get the job done.

Add some personality to your outdated cabinets

While you’re at it with the color changes, take the time to update your outdated cabinets as well. For this project, priming and painting your cabinets with a gel stain may be the perfect way to go. Gel stains beat the cost of having all your cabinets replaced and saves your wallet from the added strain. Any outdated cabinetry can be transformed with this easy trick.

3. Incorporate molding in your bathroom

One word: molding. This is the good kind of molding found in bathrooms. Acquiring a molding skillset allows you to completely transform your bathroom. By installing wallboards, you can turn your door from plain to paneled. In addition, decorative molding can be used as a trick to add a texture to simple walls, or add a neutral trim to colored walls.

4. Install storage and shelving

Adding shelving to a blank bathroom wall isn’t only for aesthetics, it’s also very practical. Shelving can be useful for storing toilet paper and towels so your guests have easy access to the necessities. In addition, floating shelves or a corner shelving unit are also popular add-ons for a bathroom. And besides holding the necessities, shelving provides a great place for adding décor essential to the ambiance of your bathroom. Smaller shelves that can be used for picture frames or tea candles are something to consider when weighing your shelving options.

5. Add a touch of personality to your bathroom

Whether you love to collect knick-knacks from places you visit, or think flowers bring a fresh feel to a room, adding a part of yourself to your bathroom brings it all together. Hang some of your photography on your wall, set small pieces of your art collection on your shelf, or spruce up your room’s ambiance by including your favorite scent with a candle. Whatever you’re drawn to most, these little additions will add charm to your new bathroom.

Ready for it?

Now that you've been sufficiently inspired, the only thing standing in the way of you and your completed home is the mindset to get the job done and the help from Imperial Wholesale. To get a jump start on updating the most overlooked room in your home, contact us today.