Whether renovating or decorating for long-term occupancy or to improve home value and get more in a house sale, bathrooms can get expensive. Fortunately, enviable and elegant looks don’t have to break the bank. Use these 5 bathroom home decor ideas to beautify on a budget.
1) Soften hard edges
Use soft rugs and fun fabrics to soften any hard edges in a bathroom. From towel racks to shower doors to vanities and mirrors, straight lines and right angles abound. A rug and shower curtain combo can make a room’s mood much easier, and many patterns can be had with no-sew window treatments.
The power that a fresh coat of paint can bring to a bathroom is not to be underestimated. Don’t go with the lowest price point paints though, as you want something mold- and mildew-proof for both primers and paint for all walls and the ceiling. Paint can also be used to cover timeworn fixtures showing age. Older ceramic tile might get new life, and a metallic medicine cabinet can enjoy a new look. Frosted-glass spray paint can add a layer of privacy to glass and windows.
3) Make a light investment
One seriously underappreciated way to add a rich look in a bathroom is to alter any lighting, either through placement or the very fixtures themselves. Such a change doesn’t need to be pricey either. Simply hanging a small-sized chandelier featuring crystal drops over a vanity looks quite sophisticated. Replace any harsh bulb strips around a mirror with some sleek sconces for an instant updating. Can lights inserted into the ceiling with dimmable controls give tranquil atmosphere to anyone soaking in a tub.
4) Install new hardware
Bathrooms have lots of hardware, ranging from toilet flush handles and sink faucets to cabinet knobs and towel bars. Showroom-quality shine of new hardware can make a bathroom sparkle. Consider switching out older yellow brass for something like oil-rubbed bronze. This is not unlike dressing up a clothing outfit with the right jewelry pieces, as upgrading builder basics in a bathroom can give a bathroom personality, style, and heft.
5) White does the wallet right
While rainbow decor can make a bathroom feel vibrant and alive, sticking to cloud colors means more options to shop for. Many basic fixtures come in plentiful numbers in white shades, be they sinks, tubs, or toilets. Matching them up with economical backsplashes, tile flooring, and tub surrounds adds up to consistent color and savings. Use the extra money to combat dullness though, as splurging on an accent like a glass mosaic border becomes a possibility. Bright towels, bold artwork, colorful window shades, or even the aforementioned fresh wall paint can all enliven an otherwise single-color backdrop, along with other affordable accents.
Bathroom home decor can add new life to a stale bathroom, whether it’s enjoyed by the current occupants, those shopping for a new home, or even possibly both at the same time.