You know the old adage if you want to increase the value of your home, update two rooms: your bathroom and kitchen. And research and history don’t lie; it’s true. But updating your bathroom, even if you aren’t looking to sell, is a worthwhile investment, not only for your future earning potential but for your personal enjoyment in the here and now. Here are some of my favorite ways to up the enjoyment ante on your current bathroom.
Heated towel rack
I don’t know about you, but I’m known to get cold when it’s 70 degrees outside (or inside for that matter!). And there’s nothing worse than stepping out of a nice warm shower, only to have to grab a cold towel, amirite?! If you too love putting on your favorite sweater or pair of pj’s right out of the dryer, consider a heated towel rack. If you’re on a budget, you can pick one up for under fifty bucks on Amazon; and if you’re looking to modernize and have a few extra dollars to spend, you can go big on a modern wall-mounted rack for around three hundred dollars.
Heated toilet seat
I know, I know, it sounds decadent. Also, maybe a little Japanese. But trust me, there’s a reason the Japanese are always a couple steps ahead of us in the personal appliance space. They know how to prioritize! I actually enjoyed my first heated toilet seat at a sushi restaurant, and I didn’t want to go back to the table! A good source for heated toilet seats is eBay. Keep a couple on your watch list, and you can win one for around a hundred dollars or less. You might be hesitant to check it out, but once you experience the non-shock of sitting on a nice warm seat, you’ll thank me.
Do you sense a pattern? I love heated things in the bathroom! If you’re not currently building from scratch, but you are re-flooring, this is something to keep in mind. You can install heated floor mats right under your tile. It’s moderately difficult so you might need a handy friend or professional if you don’t have the skills yourself. But depending on the size of your bathroom, you can do it for as little as five hundred dollars. Check these radiant floor heating reviews for more ideas: http://walkinshowers.org/best-radiant-floor-heater-reviews.html.
If you’ve ever been to Europe, you know the bidet well; they’re very common and exist pretty much every where you go. They can take a little getting used to if you didn’t grow up using one, but they’re a nice addition to any bathroom. They use less water than traditional toilets, so they’re better for the environment. They’re also more sanitary. And lately, they’re very on trend. So, whatever your motivation, consider one. And there’s a company called Tushy (i know, how cute is that?) that sells an attachment you can use to turn your toilet into a bidet. The big payoff, and no major construction project. Plus, you’ll be the hippest house on the block.
One thing I love to do for a quick DIY weekend project, or just to spruce up a room, is to change out the hardware. You can give your bathroom and amazing face lift for very little money, time, and effort. There are so many fun styles to choose from these days, and you won’t break the bank. IKEA is a great resource for inexpensive towel racks, shelves, rings, drawer pulls, and more. And bonus… you can grab a plate of meatballs on your way out!
Caddies and organizers
Similar to updating your bathroom hardware, a sweet way to freshen up your space–not to mention save your sanity–is to get yourself a good shower caddy and organizer. I know the phrase “shower caddy” can conjure up some pretty awful childhood memories of clear plastic hanging contraptions, breaking apart, and falling off the shower head every time you tried to put your shampoo bottle back into it, but those days are long gone. There are some well crafted, beautiful caddies available now, in various metals. You can match your bathroom fixtures and never again have to worry about where your guests can leave their razor for the weekend. And while you’re at it, check out some of the modern organizers that are currently available. Whether you’re going big and getting a full cabinet organizer, or just looking for a counter-top makeup and accessory organizer, stashing away those hair bands, brushes, and tubes of toothpaste will lower your blood pressure *and* brighten up the room.
Textiles, for me, are a quick-fix type of update. When I feel like I need a little change in scenery, there’s nothing better than new bathroom rugs, towels, and a shower curtain. I’m a fabric shower curtain type of gal, and changing your curtain can dramatically change the look and feel of your bathroom, while still feeling elegant. You can go from a clean, modern, and simple look with a beautiful white woven curtain, and matching fluffy towels and a shag mat, to a more colorful scheme with a wildflower-themed curtain and towels and rugs in blues and greens. You can swap out the look by season, mood, or whim.
There’s a saying in track running, which is, “last one, the best one.” It applies to the last lap you run, wherein you are supposed to use up in your last lap all that gas you saved up in your tank, so you get your best time. That’s what I feel about this last bathroom upgrade: Oh, the sheer delight of best freestanding tubs. If you have space in your bathroom, and you like to relax, do yourself a favor and upgrade to a deep soaking tub. The health benefits are many–there’s research proving a twenty-minute soak in an Epsom salt bath improves your health and stress levels, leading to a longer life. And I for one, believe it. You can have a lot of fun with this one. You can do a small, inexpensive upgrade with a classic claw foot tub (keep your eye on auction sites and estate sales), or a major renovation with a modern, deep, spa-like built-in. No matter what your preference, a tub will pay dividends for years to come.
I hope we gave you some great ways to up the enjoyment ante on your current bathroom or your next remodeling project.