Wake up a tired bathroom with these quick and easy bathroom updates that won't break the bank.
Give a ho-hum bathroom a color transfusion. The crisp white tile in this bathroom is the perfect companion for the bold orange color used on the upper portion of the walls. The vintage-inspired wall-mount sink is a space-saving and showstopping feature. Shimmering chrome fixtures, a bold wall color, and a vibrant striped area rug make for an easy and affordable new look.
Give your bathroom sink star status with a little extra detailing. Rather than tiling a whole tub surround or wall, add just a border of tile above the sink vanity. Here, elegant blue, white, and brown tiles introduce color and pattern into the bathroom. The small mosaic tiles make the vanity area look luxurious and rich.
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Cabinetry's handles, hinges, and doorknobs are the final touches and style setters for any vanity. Luckily, they're simple to replace whenever you want a fresh look -- and cabinetry hardware is available at any price point. Give your cabinet doors and drawers a good cleaning before installing new hardware. Or freshen them with paint or stain to best display the new accents.
The right lighting can make all the difference in the bathroom. You'll see yourself at your best with the right combination of light sources in the right locations. If lighting is a problem, simply add another fixture or two. The best light for grooming is achieved via light from above the mirror as well as from both sides. Replace heavy window treatments with sheers that ensure privacy but let in natural light.
A new shower curtain is the fastest way to freshen a stale bath. A shower curtain with a geometric green-and-white pattern shows the dramatic effect color can have on a space. The shower curtain's impact gets a boost from towels and a rug that feature complementary patterns and color schemes.
Refresh a tired bath by replacing outdated light fixtures with modern versions. Online you'll find hundreds of sconces that cost less than $100. For an even thriftier change, look for replacement shades to update the fixtures you have. If you like the style of your sconces but the metal finish doesn't work with your decor, tape off the surrounding areas and give the fixtures a fresh coat of metallic spray paint.
Stretch shelving across an unused wall to hold decorative items and grooming supplies. The rolled hand towels and soaps stored in decorative glass jars create an interesting -- and practical -- display. The floating wooden shelves also call attention to the shimmering tile treatment on the wall.
Free up floor space in a small bathroom by replacing a boxy vanity with a sleek pedestal sink. If you are unfamiliar with plumbing, trade jobs with a friend who knows how to install the sink. You're sure to find a pedestal sink that costs less than $100, faucet included, at your local home center or online.
For a simple update that will wow, all you need is a fresh coat of paint. Here, the black-painted vanity base pops against the soft gray walls and the crisp white vessel sink. The vanity’s open construction prevents the black surface from weighing down the small space.
Rather than using standard cabinetry, consider creating a sink vanity out of an old dresser. A cabinetmaker can cut a hole in the top of the dresser to fit a drop-in sink. Cover the top of the dresser with a slab of countertop in the material of your choice. Paint the dresser a punchy color to update it even further.
Details make all the difference in a small space such as a bathroom. Here, style comes courtesy of a pair of pretty glass vases filled with fresh flowers, a trio of small porcelain sculptures, and a striking wood mirror frame. Glitzy fixtures throughout the room reflect light and add hints of glamour.
Swap outdated light fixtures, medicine cabinets, and faucets for up-to-the-minute versions. Fashion-forward fixtures will make your bath feel fresh and fabulous, and they can draw attention away from less-desirable areas of the bath.
Give ho-hum cabinetry a dramatic update with molding and furniture-style details. Here, furniture-style feet on the bottom of the vanity are reminiscent of a freestanding antique, which blends well with the room's modern-meets-vintage aesthetic.
In addition to providing privacy and light control, window treatments can add a distinctive style statement to your bath. Fabric shades or drapes add romance, wooden blinds provide contemporary style, and shutters give off a cottage feel. Whichever window treatment you choose, be sure the material is moisture-resistant.
Revive your bathroom's storage power with one mighty addition: A narrow storage unit such as this one is ideal for organizing bathroom necessities. The open upper portion keeps soaps and other supplies right at hand, while the lower ribbed-glass cabinet stores folded towels.