If you’re thinking of selling your home — or you have an obsession with Pinterest real estate imagery — you may have noticed that bathrooms are getting a lot of love in resale renovations lately. And there’s a good reason why… These smaller rooms have the potential to yield big results.
But wait! Before you retile everything and install a spa shower, remember that sometimes the little things make the biggest difference. So here are a few noteworthy fixes as well as some trends that are expected to take over the bathroom remodeling space in the coming year.
A simple coat of paint is the easiest start to any bathroom remodel. Light, soft paint colors can make a smaller bathroom look much bigger. But, if you are looking to be super on-trend, marbleized wallpaper is popping up in bathrooms everywhere lately as well.
Swapping outdated hardware is also an easy fix. Update your older towel bars, soap trays, and shelves. Replace the faucet, knobs, and drawer pulls with brass. (We’ve found that brass is the most popular finish at the moment.) These cosmetic changes just freshen everything up without a hefty investment.
A freshly tiled floor does make the whole room feel brand new, doesn’t it? Classic white is always a chic idea. Trends may come and trends may go, but the classic white bathroom stays forever.
Pay attention to your dresser vanity. Vintage-inspired vanities are increasingly popular in some homes and offer great additional storage space. But more often, we see sellers going for a sleeker look. Installing a porcelain pedestal sink has space-saving attributes and gives the whole bathroom an aesthetic that’s stylish and clean.
Another easy fix is to install a shower door to replace the curtain and rod. This provides a truly upscale feel to the bathroom and doesn’t have to be an expensive revamp.
But if you want to go all-in on a bathroom trend that’s making waves recently, you could retool your bathroom to allow for an open shower. Open showers, in all their glory, provide an open and spacious feel to your bathroom. But be aware, they also require proper drainage so that the rest of your bathroom is not overly exposed to water damage.
There’s something about a classic clawfoot tub that just adds excitement and drama. So yes, the trend of having a standalone tub is something is something that seems steeped in luxury… and that some homeowners covet on sight! Standalone tubs do generally need more space, though. If you choose to install a standalone or deep soaking tub, the preferred placement is not tucked away, but in the center of the bathroom, where its divinity can be on full display.
Of all of the buzz-worthy things going on in the bathroom remodel space that deserve mentioning, one simple solution you may not have thought about yet is switching out the mirror. Every home buyer craves good lighting, and large, quality mirrors reflect more light. This also makes the space look bigger, which is something everyone wants.
The designs that seem most popular right now according to our home décor partners are modern mirrors. Buyers also seem to prefer models with anti-fog features or with built-in LED lights. There are many affordable options on the market, so the more mirrors the better!
Here at List With Elizabeth, we’re always amazed by what a difference a simple upgrade can make to the value of your home sale. And some simple bathroom fixes are one of the best ways to add real value that you’ll be sure to see during resale.