When the words ‘bathroom upgrade’ come to mind, it tends to conjure up images of bathtubs, basins, showers and toilets being ripped out, tiles being lifted and homeowners being engulfed in clouds of dust for weeks or even months on end. However, even the smallest changes can make a tremendous difference to the appearance of your tired and outdated bathroom – without doing any damage to your budget.

Replace a Noisy Exhaust Fan

By the time an exhaust fan starts becoming noisy, it is no longer operating as efficiently as it should be anyway. These days, silent or almost-silent exhaust fans can be purchased for well under the $100 mark. Not only will this reduce noise levels in your bathroom; installing a new exhaust fan will enable moisture to be diverted out of your bathroom far more efficiently than before.

Change Tile Colours

The good news is that changing the colour of your bathroom’s tiles will not always require you to put up with dust and grime from chipping out the old tiles and replacing them. It is possible to change the colour of your existing tiles with spray paint. However, you will need to keep in mind that the correct type of paint must be used, otherwise the excess dampness and moisture in the bathroom will cause it to flake and peel off in no time.

Replace Light Fixtures

The bathrooms in many older homes don’t have sufficient light, making it difficult to see properly while you are busy in the bathroom. Replacing outdated fixtures is not a costly project, and when coupled with cool white LED globes, they will provide you with a brilliantly bright light that will instantly make the room look more cheery.

Change Rusty Towel Rails

There is little else as annoying as taking a towel off the rail to use, only to find that it has become stained with rust marks. Replacing towel rails is a quick and simple DIY project that will also cost less than $100 in most cases. Nowadays, it is possible to choose form a wide range of standard stainless steel or even heated rails that will help prevent towels from becoming mouldy between uses.

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere with Greenery

Adding a few smaller live plants to your bathroom will not only give it a little more texture and colour; research has shown that several different types of plants have the ability to purify air as well. Examples of plants that usually do well in damp environments like bathrooms include bamboo, ficus or even smaller palm trees.

Swap Out Towels and Mats

Replacing towels and bath mats will also give this room a quick makeover at an extremely affordable cost. Purchasing different colours to those that you are used to will also make a great change.
When purchasing replacement bathroom fixtures such as towel rails, light fittings or even toilets, it is never a good idea to buy the cheapest items you can find. Instead, opting for mid-priced items will usually provide you with decent quality that will at least last for a few years.