Simple Bathroom Upgrades That Make A Major Difference

Updating your bathroom doesn’t have to mean giving it a full facelift. Overhauling it top to bottom is not necessary. In fact, some of the most impactful bathroom changes involve small upgrades. You might refresh the cabinets or get new bathroom faucets, for example. You could add a tile backsplash or decide to accessorize with new towels and soap dispensers. Whatever your budget or time frame, when you’re looking for small bathroom upgrades that can make a major difference, here are some fun ideas to consider.
  1. Clean and declutter.

    It costs next to nothing to take the time to deep-clean your bathroom, but when you do this, you instantly make your bathroom look its best. Likewise, the less clutter you keep in your bathroom, the more spacious and inviting it becomes. Try this project: remove everything from your bathroom and go through it item by item. What do you actually need in the bathroom, and what’s just wasting space? Declutter for a fast, free improvement in the room.
  2. Repaint the room.

    The color of your bathroom walls makes a dramatic impact on its overall look and feel. Whether you’re going from dated beige to bright white or faded green to a deep blue, you can breathe fresh life into your bathroom simply through a few cans of paint and a weekend of work.
  3. Paint the cabinets.

    Maybe you have a vanity that’s in decent condition, but it just looks dated. Rather than swapping it out entirely, consider painting the cabinets! Painting cabinets is a great way to give them a fresh look on a dime. You could go with basic white to brighten up the room, or you could make your bathroom vanity a statement piece by painting it crisp mint or turquoise.
  4. Replace the bathroom vanity countertop.

    Another way to spruce up an existing vanity without overhauling it totally is to swap out its countertop. If you’ve currently got dated, tired looking countertops, do a little price comparison on the costs of swapping them out. Whether you go with a high-end stone or a budget-friendly option in a better style, you may be surprised at the impact. Some materials can also be painted, if you want to update the counters without replacing them, too.
  5. Update bathroom hardware.

    Here’s a change that can be done in mere minutes: swap out your hardware. You could start small by replacing the knobs on the vanity with a modern, stylish option. You could also overhaul the hardware entirely by replacing everything from the faucets to the showerhead to the lights. For the biggest impact, pick one style — say bronze or chrome — and stick to it throughout. This can give you a wonderful, seamless look throughout the room. For a bonus benefit, look for fixtures that add efficiency, such as a low-flow showerhead model that can cut down water costs.
  6. Frame out the mirror.

    Have a frameless mirror above the bathroom sink? Turn it into a piece with more impact by framing it out with wood.
  7. Add a tile backsplash.

    Adding a tile backsplash between the bathroom sink and the mirror may not be a tiny change, but it is a relatively small project that can improve your space. Consider how large of an area you wish to tile and explore your options in terms of time frame and costs to install it. Then give your bathroom a luxurious boost with a new backsplash.
  8. Accessorize.

    Another cheap change with big impact is bathroom accessorizing. Simply by picking out new towels, soap dispensers, artwork or other items for the bathroom, you can spruce up its overall appeal. Pick an overall theme and stick to it, whether that’s white on white or soothing neutrals, to make your accessories especially eye-catching.
Whether you’re on a tight budget or just looking for small changes with the most impact, the eight ideas above are a great place to start. And when you’re shopping for new bathroom products — from a new bathroom sink to new faucets — visit We offer factory-direct pricing that can save you up to 70 percent on products, provide free shipping to the 48 contiguous states, and have showrooms in Southern California for those who want to see products in person. Shop our site today to learn more!

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