You hate your bathroom. There, you said it! When money is tight, decorating gets a low rating on the budget list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford to redecorate. You don’t have to live with it; you just have to work around it without making any major purchases. By using your imagination and some shopping savvy, you can turn your bathroom into a room you can’t wait to show off in one or two weekends!
Visit your local library for ideas, or look online. “Better Homes and Gardens” has a great website with endless ideas on using colors and decorating; this will give you an idea of what kind of look you want to achieve.
Shop at discount stores, resale shops and yard sales for deeply discounted items for your bathroom. Home improvement stores always have a section of discounted paint; keep an eye out for the color you want.
Start with the walls and give them a coat of fresh paint. Don’t forget to do the ceiling and trim. If your bathroom is on the small side, a bright white on the ceiling and borders will make it look bigger. You can also consider a sponging or ragging technique for the walls or paint a mural or border.
Hang some shelves over the toilet, or purchase a shelving unit designed for the space. You will find wood and wicker shelves at resale stores; a good cleaning and a coat of spray paint will make them look like new.
Purchase a new shower curtain to perk up the room instantly, and buy an extra one for the window. You can cut it to fit and use the excess to cover a wastebasket to add to the coordination. Flat bedsheets work well for curtains, too; you can sew a strip of the same material on the bottom of your towels to finish the look.
Change the light fixture if it’s outdated, and add a mirror or two to give the room more dimension. If you have a window, hang a plant; the moisture in the bathroom will make it thrive.
Accent your bathroom with matching baskets of soaps, sample-sized shampoos and conditioners, and rolled-up facecloths. Place them on a shelf for a nice focal point.
- Candles are a nice touch in a bathroom, but never leave a candle unattended.