Celebrity Interior Designer Shares Tip on Renovating a Bathroom on a Budget

For homeowners looking to make their home stand out from the pack, a bathroom rehab is always tops on the list. But, according to Remodeling Magazine, the average cost of a mid-scale bathroom remodel is a whopping $15,789 -- a high price to pay amidst today's slowing economy and housing market. So, how can homeowners who are on a budget get that updated look for less?

"Knowing what's in and what's out in bathroom design is important for homeowners deciding just where to spend their makeover dollars," explains Celebrity Interior Designer Will Smith. "I suggest they look at four key areas: the mirror, paint, hardware and lighting. Each can be easily and inexpensively updated to provide a new, modern look for the bathroom."

Smith, who is known for creating high end looks for less, shares his tips for making over a bathroom on a budget -- without sacrificing style:

1) Bathroom Mirror
-- What's Out: Unframed mirrors are a thing of the past.
-- What's In: A frame completes the mirror and gives a bathroom a finished, updated look. Homeowners can find over 35 frame styles to choose from at http://www.mirrormate.com and have the frame custom cut to fit their mirror. A good tip for selecting a frame is to think about what you'd frame a piece of artwork in for the room. The mirror is the focal point in the bathroom and can make a real statement with the right frame.

2) Paint
-- What's Out: Paint is never out. It is a tried and true way to make a big impact with little cost. Colors do change though -- you'll want to stay away from mauves and pinks.
-- What's In: Create a spa-like setting with paints in beige and pale tones. Some popular colors are chocolate, aqua, olive, and golds. When choosing color, remember the more contrast, the more "POP."

3) Hardware
-- What's Out: Mismatched hardware gives the room an uncoordinated feel. Brass finishes also add to a dated look.
-- What's In: Choose brushed nickel, pewter, antique or oil-rubbed bronze finishes that coordinate with the lighting and fixtures, bath bars, knobs, pulls, switches and receptacle covers. These quick fixes pull the room together with one modern, cohesive look.

4) Lighting
-- What's Out: Take down that bright, bare-bulbed Hollywood lighting that casts a harsh light.
-- What's In: Go with a fixture that adds beauty and soft lighting with shades or sconces. They can run above your mirror or flank it on each side. And remember, these accent your room's greatest focal point so be sure to select a style that is right for you and makes a statement in the room.

"You don't need to do a full scale renovation to get the look of an updated bath," explains Smith. "Some strategic and cost-effective changes can go a long way to giving you the look you desire."

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