8 premium bathroom upgrades

Ambient lighting

Lighting is one area where you really don’t have to spend a lot to get a stylish look.

Bar lights, which can be placed above or alongside a mirror, are popular, says Sean Murphy, a DIY specialist at Build.com, the largest online-only home improvement retailer.

He recommends George Kovacs’ contemporary-themed Saber collection. These fixtures cost about $100.

Bar lights cast light in all directions, as opposed to just up or down like vanity lighting. They create a more even lighting experience.

Placing lights correctly adds ambience and eliminates shadows on your face when looking in the mirror.

Adding a wall light as a complementary light source is a great way to reproduce a high-end look if you’re on a budget, Murphy says. Remember to reduce the wattage of your primary light source so the total wattage isn’t overwhelming.

For a soothing experience at night, switch out your old ventilation fan for one with a built-in soft-glow nightlight, such as NuTone’s LunAura bath fan ($300), Murphy says.