A bathroom is often the most ignored room in your home when it comes to renovating. Family members and guests visit the bathroom frequently, so it deserves to be as beautiful as the rest of your home. Remodeling your bath will add value to your home should you decide to put it on the market. Even if you never sell your home, changing the look can make what you consider a plain or dull room in to one that is beautiful and relaxing.

Changing the look of your bathroom doesn’t necessarily require an entire makeover. Depending on your budget, you can have the whole room redone from the floor up, or you can make a few changes to the areas that need it most. For example, replacing your vanity may cost a pretty penny, but there are some things you can do yourself to give it a fresh new look. A coat of paint works great if you have a wood vanity; a new faucet can also make a noticeable difference.

Before you buy anything, do a little preparation work. Measure the walls, windows, tub and vanity areas so that you know what will work when shopping. Take pictures as well, as often it is easier to visualize how something will look in your bathroom if you are looking at the room. This will help when shopping for tiles, flooring, wall coverings, etc.

Those who can afford to hire a contractor to do the work should shop around and compare prices before making a decision. Also, check the reputation of the contractor when possible; you may even want to ask the contractor for names of a few previous clients, so that you can talk with them and get their opinion on the quality of the contractor’s work.

Today, many people choose to do most of the refurbishing themselves. Economic conditions have made money tight for many people, and some just do not have thousands of dollars to put toward a new bathroom. Some of the projects you can tackle yourself include refinishing cabinets, vanities, painting and flooring. New accessories such as bath rugs, window treatments and shower curtains can also make a huge impact.

Keep in mind when remodeling your bathroom that lighter colors tend to make the room look larger, while darker colors recede. A small bathroom takes on a bright new look with light pastel colors; large bathrooms look elegant and rich when bolder colors and patterns are incorporated in to the decor.

Whether you choose to have a contractor remodel your bathroom or do it yourself, always have a plan in mind before you begin. If you have a shower/tub combo and do not use the tub, consider having it replaced with a shower only. Remember that some materials do not work well in a bathroom because of the moisture and humidity levels. Decide on a color scheme and style you want before you begin, and you will encounter fewer headaches along the way. Once the work is completed, you will have a bathroom you are proud to show off!