Can You Guess the Most Popular Room to Renovate?

A new study tells all.

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At some point, you’ll hit a wall. You won’t be able to look at your bathroom’s old tilework and dingy medicine cabinet littered with the ghosts of beauty products past for one more minute. In other words: An update is no longer a want, it’s a need. You won’t be alone in this endeavor, either. According to HomeAdvisor’s latest State of Home Spending Report, bathroom remodels are the most popular home improvement project for the second year in a row. Time to make like your fellow homeowners and grab the demolition tools.

The reason they’re such great candidates for renovation lies in their square footage: Generally speaking, bathrooms are small—which means they’re cheaper to update. To get costs down even further, go for a couple smart, low-lift upgrades rather than a full overhaul. Here are some unexpected bathroom refreshes to try in your own space: 

Swap In a Technicolor Sink

If you can’t paint your cabinetry and new tile is out of the question, try bringing color in through the sink. Vibrant bathroom basins are unique, playful, and the perfect antidote to a dark powder room. 

Choose Peel-and-Stick Tiles

All the wow factor of new walls without the headache. If you’re in a rental and need a temporary fix, roll up your sleeves and hide that drab backsplash with some removable tile stickers.

Welcome (Design) Intruders

Rattan pendant lights, oval-shaped wood mirrors, moody wallpaper…these are all things that typically live in, say, an entry or a living room, but will take your bathroom to the next level. Why settle for fluorescent wall sconces or bland subway tiles when more exciting options exist? 

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.