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5 Simple Ideas To Refresh Your Bathroom’s Look

19 November 2020

5 Simple Ideas To Refresh Your Bathroom’s Look

Your bathroom may not be the main room in the house, but it’s definitely the one that people pay close attention to. Have you been looking at your bathroom and thinking: what can I do to give the bathroom a bit of a makeover?

Fortunately, giving your bathroom a simple refresh doesn’t require a full renovation or complete overhaul. Here are our 5 easy steps to spruce up your bathroom so you can turn it into your very own sanctuary in no time at all. 


1. Top up your grout

The grout is the sealant paste that is used to fill gaps and protect edges from water seepage. While it has a very functional use, touching up your grout will give your bathroom a whole new look and feel while also increasing the water-resistance of surfaces. This helps prevent serious problems like contamination between tiles and seals, and because it highlights edges, it can increase the overall aesthetic of areas like the shower, sink and bath. However, before you touch up your grout, make sure you remove the existing dirty or crumbly grout to allow the new layer to adhere and set. You don’t want a mixture of the old and the new when refreshing your bathroom!


2. Change your bathroom taps

Everyone looks at fixtures when observing a room, and in a bathroom, that starts with your taps. Updating your tapware is one of the easiest, inexpensive and ultimately most effective ways to upgrade your bathroom. If you look at your bathroom now – picture a more modern and carefully chosen set of taps on the sink, shower and bathtub. It will change the entire look for the better! You can even create a dramatic, eye-catching centrepiece with a black matte Mixer Tap. And don’t forget the showerhead! Try switching it out to create a bold statement in your home.

Check out our current Raymor Tap offer here for more details. 


3. Update your bathroom lights

Speaking of fixtures, the next to focus on is your lighting. Updating or replacing dated light switches and light globe colours can help you see your bathroom in a whole new light. As an extra tip, try to avoid fluorescent or cold lighting because it doesn’t create a very welcoming or comfortable atmosphere that you want at home. Instead, try natural or simulated natural lighting to make the room feel larger and warmer. Speak to your local licensed O'Brien Electrician today to see how we can help give your bathroom’s lighting both a visual and functional uplift.


4. Add some greenery

Plants can (literally) breathe new life into any room. Try adding an indoor plant to give your bathroom a more modern and colourful touch. The high humidity environment helps particular plants to thrive regardless of whether your bathroom is shaded or in full sunlight. Our personal favourites include snake plants (also known as mother in law’s tongue) – known for its benefits and low maintenance. Snake plants clean the air in your home by removing toxins and emit high levels of oxygen. Or perhaps you could try a Golden Pothos, a vine that flourishes in humidity and any type of indirect light.


5. Speak to an O'Brien Plumber

Of course, you can always talk to your local professionals at O'Brien to get some advice.

Your trusted team can offer more guidance around giving your bathroom a cost-effective revamp. You can simply call the team and they will offer some exciting ideas over the phone or get in touch with your licensed O'Brien Plumbing expert for more hands-on advice. Either way, you and your bathroom win.

From emergency repairs to maintenance and renovations, we’re here to help with all of your plumbing needs. No matter what your inquiry is, our local and experienced technicians can answer all your questions and provide any plumbing services you require.


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