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Of all the places in the house that might drive you crazy for want of a remodel, the bathroom probably ranks very high on the list. Bathrooms are no longer just a functional space, but instead can be seen as a spa-like retreat, complete with all the things that allow you to relax at the end of a long day.

But remodeling a bathroom is anything but relaxing. That’s why so many homeowners opt for the easy, quick bathroom remodel that gives you that spa feeling without sacrificing your sanity.

Want to spruce things up? Here’s how.

Fixate on Fixtures

An update on fixtures can make your whole bathroom seem like a luxurious new space. Take your time in choosing what to purchase, because it’s a decision you will have to live with for a while. If you want more space in the basin, choose a faucet with a high clearance. If you truly want a spa look, go for a waterfall faucet that makes the whole room feel more opulent.

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When choosing the finish, remember to focus on making all the fixtures match. Of the several choices out there, oil-rubbed bronze is popular but also high-end. Chrome is cheaper, but brushed nickel looks best with all types of decor. Be warned, however: Nickel finishes can oxidize quickly, so you will need to stay on top of maintenance.

Illuminate the Scene

A room with inadequate lighting can quickly become a sore spot. If you have a single overhead light, go for something that will increase the output of light, such as a small chandelier with mirrored panels. If you have space for a lamp, look for one with a light-colored shade that offers maximum illumination.

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If you need more light in the closet or even in the shower, look for puck lights that go up with ease and provide the spotlight right where you need one. Keep in mind that when choosing lights for the bathroom, those that are moisture-resistant are always best.

Freshen up the Walls

You’ve probably heard that a layer of paint makes everything look better. And that’s entirely possible, assuming it’s the right color. A small bathroom will look best with paint that offers a light dash of color, such as yellows or light blues.

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Darker colors might work best in a larger bathroom that needs a bit of cozy to create the look you want. Don’t forget the art on the walls — vintage posters in a nice frame will provide an interesting look, and since they are very inexpensive, you won’t have to worry about moisture damage destroying a prized painting.

Accessorize for Spa Goodness

Finally, remember that the accessories make any space look different. Invest in fluffy towels, go for new accessories on the vanity and consider hooks or wall hangings that make life more organized. If you’re really courageous, you could swap out that old mirror for a new medicine cabinet with great storage capacity.

Best of all, accessorizing gives you an excuse to purchase those spa-like items, such as a bamboo shelf for across the bathtub or a waterfall showerhead. Finally, don’t forget the opulent soaps — now that you have put so much time into remodeling your bathroom, you deserve a treat.

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Shannon Dauphin Lee

Shannon Dauphin Lee is a journalist and occasional novelist with a serious weakness for real estate. When she's not writing, she and her husband are taking road trips to explore covered bridges, little wineries and quaint bed-and-breakfast inns in their beloved Pennsylvania.