Jan 21, 2010

50 cheap and chic ways to perk up your bathroom

By: Jessica Padykula

50 cheap and chic ways to perk up your bathroom Author: Style At Home

Jan 21, 2010

50 cheap and chic ways to perk up your bathroom

By: Jessica Padykula
Giving your bathroom a facelift doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can do it on a dime, without compromising style. Here are 50 cheap and chic ways to update one of the most used rooms in the house.

1 Repaint – nothing perks up a room like a fresh coat of paint.

2 Invest in new towels to replace any that are looking worse for wear.

3 If you’re running out of space to store toiletries, keep the overflow in a rustic wooden bowl or wicker basket.

4 Declutter. Clearing off the surface of your bathroom counter does wonders for making the room look fresh and clean.

5 Install new faucets for a quick upgrade.

6 Add fresh flowers.

7 Opt for colourful towels if your bathroom walls are a neutral colour.

8 Play with patterns without having to turn to wallpaper or a new paint job with inexpensive wall decals.

9 Floating candles in a glass bowl on the counter add warmth.

10 Toiletries in beautiful packaging can go a long way to pretty up your counter.

11 Replace your shower curtain.

12 Place a tall vase filled with dried flowers on the floor for some rustic charm.

13 Incense in an ornate holder is functional and decorative.

14 Line the counter with matching accessories (toothbrush holder, soap dispenser) ideally from the same line, for a uniform look.

15 Install a floating shelf above the toilet and line with small plants that don’t require a lot of light.

Shampoo, conditioner and soap dispensers eliminate clutter around the tub.17 Place a small stool in one corner of the bathroom and neatly stack towels on it.

18 Search out some interesting hooks for bath towels.

19 Room diffusers are both decorative and do a lot to refresh the room.

20 A wall-mounted magazine rack creates space.

21 House extra rolls of toilet paper in a ceramic pot or urn.

22 Find a new use for an old chair by painting it a bright colour and stacking magazines on it.

23 Line drawers with pretty wallpaper samples.

24 Fill a square, glass container with shells you or your kids have collected from various family vacations.

Group candles of varying sizes around the bathtub for instant ambiance.

Tie colourful ribbon around small groupings of rolled up neutral-coloured hand towels. Display on the counter.

27 Put a small shelf behind the toilet to store books.

28 Frame a piece of corkboard and use it to house your jewellery. Chances are you’re probably choosing accessories at the same time you’re applying make-up.

Frame vacation photos of the beach or waterfalls for some aqua-themed style.

30 Clear up clutter around the tub with a simple shower caddy.

31 If there is a window in your bathroom, add plants for a nice splash of green in your space.

32 Stagger towel hooks for an asymmetrical display of bath towels, ideally in graduating shades of the same colour.

33 Purge all the junk that’s accumulated in the drawers of the vanity. No wonder you can’t find the tweezers!

34 If you have kids, avoid countertop chaos by assigning each their own toiletries basket. There are many inexpensive options at most home decor stores.

35 Treat yourself to a bamboo bath caddy, with spots for a book, candle and glass of wine.

36 Clean out the medicine cabinet regularly to avoid a pile-up of expired creams and capsules.

37 Do away with the ratty bath mat and replace it with something plush and soft.

38 Line the back of the counter with small glass bottles and place a fresh cut flower in each.

39 Clean the bathroom from top to bottom to make it sparkle.

40 Add artwork if you have the wall space.

41 A stack of three neatly folded black or charcoal towels on a white countertop makes a style statement, so long as the counter is clear of clutter.

42 Replace an over-the-sink medicine cabinet with one that fits tightly in the corner if you can. Install an elegant mirror in its place.

43 Store the little things (hair elastics, lip gloss) in a pretty box or basket with a lid to avoid a tidal wave of trinkets taking over the counter.

44 House make-up in a vintage-inspired jewellery box.

45 Remove the door to one cabinet and show off your prettiest toiletries and perfume bottles.

46 Get rid of any cleaning products you have lying around. Store these under the sink in the kitchen.

47 Put a small end table beside the tub (of the same height) and use it to house your bath towel while you’re soaking.

48 Install new knobs or pulls on cabinets. Brushed metal is a stylish option.

49 Put dimmers on light fixtures so you have the option of softer lighting.

50 Try to keep clutter off your counter all the time, not just when company’s coming.

Pick and choose from this list as a way to continually upgrade your bathroom and keep it looking tidy and fresh.

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50 cheap and chic ways to perk up your bathroom