7 Ways to Update a Basic Bathroom

Boring bath? Make basic even better with these easy and affordable DIY bathroom makeover ideas.

Boring bath? Make basic even better with these easy and affordable DIY makeover ideas.

Sure, the ever-functional bathroom is sometimes swept aside in favor of decorating more grandiose rooms. But your bathroom doesn't have to be boring! It's the little details that count, so we've rounded up seven easy DIY updates for every part of the room, from the walls down to the bottom of your vanity. They're also inexpensive and quick -- you can complete some of these projects in a day. Dust off your tools this weekend and make your bathroom look its best.

1. Pick Out Paint

A new color scheme instantly changes the mood of a room. It's important to use color carefully in a bathroom, since a color choice can easily overwhelm what is often one of the smallest rooms in a house. Pale blues, greens, and grays are popular picks for their calming, spa-like qualities. Stumped on a scheme? Try one of these bathroom color ideas.

2. Deck the Walls

Just because a bathroom is functional doesn't mean it can't have personality. Hang some art prints on your bathroom walls to personalize the space. For a vintage look, decorate with repurposed flea market finds. Wallpaper an accent wall in a fun water-resistant design, or use colorful tiles as decor. For any artwork you hang up in bathrooms, make sure it has some kind of covering to protect from moisture.

3. Maxed-Out Mirror

Say goodbye to plain, store-bought plastic mirror panels. Or rather, dress them up. Paint a mirror frame to match your cabinets for a cohesive look, or swap out a blah square mirror altogether for one with a unique shape. For a funky, casual vibe, you could even hang up an assortment of smaller mirrors like the room above.

4. Switch Out Hardware

An easy way to change your bathroom's look is to switch out the faucet and cabinet pulls. You can go from rustic to sleek (and vice versa) in a matter of minutes. Hardware installation kits make it easy, and we have plenty of tips for replacing bathroom knobs to help you get the look you want. If you're feeling more ambitious, experienced DIYers can also change out the sink to match.

5. Dress up Doors

Take boring cabinet fronts up a notch by covering the doors with self-adhesive paper. You can cover the entire surface or cut out a pattern, like circles or a chevron print, that allows the base color to peek through. The options for pretty paper are endless, so you can find one that fits your design style.

6. Kick up Your (Furniture) Feet

It's the little details that make any room look polished and put-together. Make your bathroom vanity stand out by adding furniture feet or a toe kick to the corners.

7. Get Creative with Cardboard

Cut up large cardboard tubes or PVC pipes and mount them on the wall in a cluster for a stylish storage display. Use them to store toilet paper, rolled-up towels, lotions, and more.

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