Thinking about finally doing that bathroom remodel you’ve been putting off? Now’s the time—especially if you’re planning on putting your house on the market this year. The fact is that bathroom remodels can help increase home value by 2-3 percent, which can make them a very worthwhile improvement project.
The big question with a bathroom always remodel, which changes and upgrades will give you the most value for your efforts? Unless you’re planning on staying in your house for decades, it’s important to consider what will appeal to future buyers, in addition to what you’d like for yourself.
Here are some of the best tips for your 2020 bathroom remodel.
Incorporating elements of nature into your bathroom can give it a much more peaceful and calming feel. From potted plants to linens with nature-inspired designs, “green” or biophilic design touches are an excellent choice in 2020.
Update Your Vanity
Updating your vanity is one of the bathroom improvement projects with the highest ROI, partly because that’s a major focal point for the room.
This involves updating the countertop if it’s dated or damaged. Timeless choices like white or marble are always smart, as bathroom trends come and go, and what’s in today may be completely out by the time you want to sell.
You should also consider updating your hardware, from the faucet to cabinet and drawer pulls. Stainless steel or brushed nickel are both good choices.
Add Removable Wallpaper For A Touch Of Personality
While regular wallpaper is a huge pain to both put up and when you decide you’re over it, take down, removable wallpaper—which uses an adhesive instead of messy wallpaper glue—can be an excellent option for adding a bit of personality to your bathroom.
Try adding a bright patterned wallpaper to one wall in the bathroom, or use a calmer, more neutral one for the entire space.
Replace The Flooring
Replacing the flooring is one of the best ways to give your bathroom an entirely new look. What’s more, unless you have a huge bathroom, replacing the floor should be a relatively affordable project, even if you buy high-end tile.
You can even put in radiant-heat mats underneath your flooring, which is especially nice for cold climates.
Install An Open Or Walk-In Shower
Rather than the jetted whirlpool tubs that were all the rage ten years ago, the trend today is toward open or walk-in showers.
These take up a lot of space, so they’re a better fit for large bathrooms or bathrooms in which you don’t also need a bathtub. Although they’re not to everyone’s taste, open showers have the advantage of opening up a bathroom, so it looks larger and airier, instead of closing it in.
Replace Your Linens, Bath Mats, And Shower Curtain
For a truly easy home improvement project that will also give your bathroom a new life, try simply replacing your linens and other accessories.
Opt for fluffy hotel-style bath towels and a richly-colored, plush bath mat. Find a classic shower curtain in a matching color. Replace the toothbrush holder and soap dish, and maybe add a few decorative touches—a potted plant, or small vase with flowers.
Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to increase the value of your home, even if you start small. Happy decorating!