Mary Ann Quinn - Reading, MA Real Estate, Wakefield, MA Real Estate, North Reading, MA Real Estate


Whether we like it or not one of the rooms in our home we spend the most time in is the bathroom. And, perhaps in part of the mindfulness movement, people are catching on and turning their bathrooms into a relaxing sanctuary. A room that was once at the bottom of the renovation list has quickly found itself climbing the ranks.

Looking at the overall trends one theme has certainly emerged: A spa-like bathroom.

And why not?

Take the time to slow down and pamper yourself in a luxurious new bathroom to unwind after a particularly long day. Or just to treat yourself, because hey you deserve it!

So where to start?  

Anyone can create a spa-like atmosphere with these five details (which can each be done for around or under $100 by the way).

Cedarwood bath mats have quickly become popular. They are certainly more appealing than the matching sets of fluffy carpets complete with that one that wraps around the toilet. They add a touch of Norwegian style aka hygge. But they’re also functional in that each time they become wet they emit their wonderful cedar smell throughout the room. For those worried about how it holds up to moisture over time, cedar is known for its resistance to mold and mildew and is. Which is exactly why cedar chests were/are so popular!  

Another popular way to bring in aromatic elements of nature is via dried eucalyptus and lavender bunches. More than just beautiful to look at when in a steamy room they fill the room with their calming scent. If you don’t have a vendor at your local farmer’s market offering these as bunches shops like West Elm, Williams-Sonoma and Etsy will all deliver them right to your door.

An element that makes a spa so peaceful that not everyone might think to add to their own bathrooms is spa music. Give your vocal chords a break from shower karaoke and instead look for spa or meditation-themed music on apps like Spotify and Pandora. It will change the entire atmosphere of the room.

A heated towel bar seems super luxe and it is! But that doesn’t make it unattainable or completely out of the budget. Chic, stylish electric models can be found for around just $100. Treat yourself to the gift of warm cozy towels after every bathing experience.  

Speaking of towels keep luxe towels on hand and easily within reach. Rolling them up to put on display on a shelf doesn’t just add a more spa-like element to your home, it’s also just really convenient! Just fold towels in thirds length-wise aka the long way and then roll them up. It’s easy, classy and looks like you put in way more effort than you did.


If you think your bathroom needs some major renovations, but you aren’t sure you can foot the bill for a full bathroom makeover, there’s good news. While a complete bathroom overhaul can be one of the most expensive projects in your home, little changes can make a big difference. Read on for tips on how to give your bathroom a boost without taking out a large loan or losing the use of your bathroom. 


Add Storage To Your Shower


Doing something as simple as adding shelving to your shower can make it stylish. There are many different inexpensive, easy to install corner shelves for the tub that not only add storage to the bath but make everything look neater and more attractive too. Some shelving even connects with the twist of a rod- no drilling required!


Add Some Art


Those souvenirs that you bring back from vacation don’t need to go to waste. Use them as art for your wall. You can use frames or shadow boxes to display some of your favorite memories from vacations past. Even fun pieces of art that you love can be a grand addition to any bathroom. Make the loo a peaceful little getaway! 


Change Up Your Shower Curtain


This sounds so simple but can make one of the biggest impacts on your bathroom. Your shower curtain brings a dramatic effect to your room because it is a focal point.


Put In Some Storage 


Your bathroom can become more functional if you add some storage to the room. If the bathroom appears less cluttered, you’ll have more room to store things and feel better about the room. Shelving is such an easy thing to put up and it adds a lot to a room. Shelves can even make the room look bigger! It’s simple to store things that you want to keep out of the way but need in reach.



Paint


There’s nothing that brightens up a room quite like paint. It’s the first thing that any interior decorating expert will tell a homeowner looking to bring a new vibe to their home. You don’t even have to paint every wall in the bathroom. Just an accent wall will do wonders. 


Add Plants


Nothing brings great feeling to a room like greenery. Plants bring oxygen to a room and make you feel happier when you’re in that space. Science has even proven it! There’s probably no more appropriate place in a home for plants than the bathroom. The moisture and warm environment is a favorable growing condition for many varieties.   

 



If you're planning on selling your home in the coming years, now is the perfect time to start making home improvements that will increase the value and demand of your home once it's on the market. Increasing the market value of your home, however, isn't just a matter of replacing old appliances or dressing up rooms to look more luxurious. Follow these five expert tips on how to increase your home value without wasting time or money on projects that won't pay off.

Paint everything

One basic improvement that will almost always pay off is a fresh coat of paint in each room of your home. It isn't a very costly improvement, and it can both clean up and modernize rooms that are in need of an update. Remember that your walls make up the majority of what buyers see when they walk through your home. The wall paint makes up the big picture that all of the small details of your home fit in, therefore your paint colors should be chosen to fit the style of the home and the time that we live in. Avoid colors that are too dark or too blindingly white. If you're at a loss for which colors you want to use, try out a free color palette creator online to experiment with different schemes.

Door replacement

As a new home buyer approaches your home for the first time their eyes are going to be locked on the door. Take advantage of good first impressions with a quality door. One that compliments the exterior color of your home will do wonders to improve the overall appearance of your home. Aside from their aesthetic value, doors also provide insulation and security. Choose a door that is EnergyStar certified to keep the heat in, but also make sure it has top rate locking mechanisms so the next family to live in your home feels safe.

Increase storage space

Storage capacity is highly sought after in the house market. No one wants to drive to a storage container just to get their belongings. Having all of your property in one place makes things less complicated. Increasing storage space can seem difficult or impossible, but there are a few tricks that will help convince potential home buyers that they won't run out of room. Here are four of our favorites:
  • Install storage beds in the bedrooms
  • Buy a kitchen table with a storage cabinet
  • Put a bench in the mudroom that has storage inside
  • Install cabinets in your garage or shed to take advantage of unused vertical space

Kitchen and bathroom makeover

Two rooms in your home that will attract the most attention are the kitchen and bathroom(s). The kitchen has endless opportunity for upgrades. Installing a new sink, cabinets, and a hanging pot rack can all give your kitchen a modern makeover. In the bathroom, surface level upgrades like a new toilet seat and shower curtain and bathroom mirror go a long way. Upgrading an old bathtub, shower head, and toilet are also great ways to increase the value of the room. Keep in mind energy efficiency when purchasing any of these items. Know the neighborhood Determining which home improvements will most increase the value of your home is dependent on many factors, including the neighborhood you live in. It is possible to "over-improve" your home to the point where it looks too luxurious next to your neighbors' homes. Ask the experts--real estate agents and contractors--for advice about improving homes in your neighborhood.

One of the most used rooms in the house is the bathroom. You do spend a lot of time in there. You want your bathroom to be an oasis of sorts. Making changes and renovations to your bathroom will not only make you happy but make potential buyers for your home happy as well. Below, you’ll find some trends to keep your bathroom stylish and a place that everyone wants to spend (at least some) time in. 


Beware Of Design Trends


There’s a lot of trendy designs that just aren’t timeless. They don’t look very good in a bathroom after the initial install and tend to give the bathroom a drab feeling after awhile. Whether it’s a crazy color scheme or something bland that lacks texture, you need to think about the longevity of a look before you go after it in your bathroom. Some trends to look out for:


  • Too much white
  • Too little in the bathroom
  • Funky color schemes
  • Gigantic bathtubs
  • Certain kinds of tile and finishes
  • Hardware accents

Really, the bathroom needs to be about balance. There are trends that come and go. Some people are more receptive to certain designs than others. This is because their needs are suited. Take the his and her sink as an example. Many designers are shying away from this trend. For your routines and needs, this could be exactly what your bathroom needs. No hotlist can tell you what’s best for you.


Storage Is A Necessity


If you do only one thing in your bathroom, make sure that you have enough storage. There’s quite a bit that needs to go in the bathroom like toilet paper, towels, cleaners, medicines, as well as bath products like soap and shampoo. 


Add Pops Of Color


If your bathroom has all white tile and you don’t have the time or the resources to actually change the tile, you should try and add pops of color where you can. It’s simple to do this with towels, floral rugs, curtains, and even bath accessories. You can really vary the color in the room and make it special. This is one renovation that doesn’t cost much to do but can make a big difference.       

 

Remember What Sells


More neutral colors tend to sell better no matter what room of the house we’re talking about. It’s fine to mix neutral colors with pops of something bolder, but don’t go overboard. Remember that when someone goes to buy your home, they want to make it their own as well. They probably can’t achieve that with a lime green bathroom.


Buying a home is still one of the best ways to build wealth. If you are looking to add value to your home without breaking the bank there are many projects that will increase your home's value for less than $1,000. One thousand dollars can go a long way when it comes to home improvement projects. If you think and plan smart your profit should outweigh your investment. Here are a few projects that will give you the most bang for your buck. 1. Organize Your Home Declutter your home by organizing closets, cabinets and pantries. Add bookshelves for more storage. Maximize space in the kids’ rooms by installing platform or bunk beds. A neat and organized home is easier to live in and shows better to potential buyers. 2. Make an Entrance Simply updating and replacing your entry door will spruce up your curb appeal. Not only will the new door look great it can also help save money.  Adding a steel door will save on energy. Most of the new steel doors are made to look like wood. A new door will cost approximately $400. 3. Install a Programmable Thermostat. Another way to save money is to switch from a manual to a programmable thermostat. Prices vary greatly on these thermostats but don't expect to pay more than a few hundred dollars for a high end model.  A programmable thermostat can save you $180 a year in energy costs. 4. Update your Cabinets Cabinet hardware makes a huge difference on how new your kitchen looks. Simply update the cabinet hardware by installing new knobs and pulls in more modern metals and looks. Most large hardware store have a large selection of hardware you can usually buy a 10-pack for approximately $20. 5. No more Bathroom Blues Bathrooms can be one of the most expensive updates in a home. You can give a bathroom a quick facelift by replacing old tile. Vinyl tiles are inexpensive and easy to install or with ceramic tile can cost as little as $3 per square foot for material and installation.



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