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7 Affordable High-End Bathroom Remodel Ideas

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Are you ready to breathe new life into the dated, worn-out style of your bathroom, but don’t have a ton of cash to spare? The average bathroom remodel costs around $10,500, and a high-end remodel can run upwards of $26,000. With a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, however, you can update your bathroom to look like an expensive remodel, even on a tight budget. Check out these seven great ideas for affordable bathroom remodels that only look like you spent a lot of money!

A Touch of Tile

Tile can get costly, fast, especially when you have your contractor lay the tile for you. If you have your heart set on tile in your bathroom, consider limiting where you put the tile. Instead of tile floors and shower walls, limit the tile to just the high-impact areas, like the floors.

Another trick is to place expensive accent tiles alongside cheaper tiles, to create an artistic look for considerably less money. The artistic tiles will really pop, drawing attention away from the less-expensive surrounding tiles, giving you an upscale look at a fraction of the cost.

Update Instead of Replace

Not everything in your bathroom needs to be replaced. Consider refinishing your old tub or shower, rather than replacing them with new ones. The cost of relining the shower and tub will be much cheaper than buying brand new. Updating your old sink and shower with new fixtures is another great way to revive dated pieces, without replacing them.

The same can be said for other pieces in your bathroom, as well. Consider refurbishing that old vanity with a new coat of paint or new cabinet doors instead of buying a new one. This will update the look of your bathroom, without adding unnecessary expenses to the cost of the remodel.

Add the Perfect Accents

Not every part of your remodel has to be big. Well placed accents can go a long way in rejuvenating the look of your bathroom. Focus on a color or pattern and use accessories, artwork and other items to give your bathroom a high-end, updated look, without spending a lot of money.

Save on Counters

If you’re planning to upgrade your current countertops to the popular granite countertops, there are a few ways to save without giving up your dream of gorgeous granite counters. When shopping for granite for your bathroom, focus on less conventional colors. Beige, brown, tan and other neutral colors are the most popular, and therefore more expensive. If you leave your color options over, you can save money and still have beautiful granite countertops.

Another popular way to save on granite countertops is to opt for a slab that has visible imperfections, since these will be priced considerably lower than more perfect pieces. Keep in mind where you plan to place your sink and fixtures, and aim for a slab with imperfections that can easily be concealed. In the end, you’ll have a beautiful piece of granite at a fraction of the cost.

A Splash of Color

Painting is perhaps the cheapest and most effective way of updating the look of your bathroom. Using paint to accent your bathroom can give the whole room more appeal, without going overboard on cost. Invest in a high-quality, mold- and mildew-resistant paint and plan to spend a good amount of time taping off and prepping before you paint. While painting a bathroom may be a lot of work (more than you think, actually), the payoff is definitely worth the time investment.

To really add some dimension to your bathroom, consider using a neutral color and then paint an accent wall in brighter color that complements your decor. Combining paint with tile is another great way to really spruce up the bathroom spending a lot for all-tile.

Upgrade the Fixtures

Though the fixtures in your bathroom may seem insignificant, you’ll notice an instant updated feel to the whole room when you replace some important pieces. Lighting fixtures and faucets, for example, can be upgraded to more contemporary pieces for an updated, modern look without spending a lot of money.

Don’t forget about the smaller fixtures, either, like towel racks, toilet-paper holders and drawer or cabinet pulls. Decide on a theme or look you want for your bathroom and upgrade all the fixtures to fit with your vision. This upgrade alone won’t cost much at all, but can almost instantly rejuvenate the look of your bathroom.

Buy Used Items

Browse sites like Craigslist and eBay for new-to-you fixtures, tubs, showers and even toilets to save a substantial amount over buying brand new. You may even find new, unused items that were never used during a remodel, and even some of the used items are in excellent condition.

Etsy is another great place to look for fun new items to put in your bathroom. From Tupperware light fixtures to upcycled metal shelving, your options are limitless for creative, fun fixtures and accessories to include in your new bathroom!

Anna enjoys blogging about a variety of topics, from fashion and beauty to food and travel. Find Anna on LinkedIn!

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