A simple wooden stand (and holes drilled for plumbing) transforms a Dutch galvanized metal hay-collecting bin into a statement-making sink in this California cottage’s powder room.
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Your bathroom should have an updated look now. It’s time to add personality. Some bathroom decorating ideas that add the finishing touches to your bathroom include:
Paint your walls with the perfect shade you selected. It’s no longer necessary to choose gloss in a bathroom to combat moisture, ask the paint shop to add an additive to matte paint to keep it from mildewing.
Be original when upgrading lighting. Bathroom lighting trends include hanging pendants and light bars that diffuse light in a room. Select LED lighting fixtures since they’re the most energy efficient and don’t heat your bathroom up.
There’s a great variety of affordable lighting fixtures available. Replace outdated lighting fixtures with new ones from your home improvement store. Electrical projects are best left to professionals, but with some guidance, switching out lighting fixtures shouldn’t be difficult for a DIY-er.
Get the look: Limestone tile ($11 per foot; homedepot.com); Linen drapes ($18; homedepot.com)
From vintage fixtures to bold wallpaper patterns, these beautiful bathroom design ideas will make your home’s smallest room the most peaceful spot in the house.
The designers of the 2014 Country Living House of the Yearturned up the volume on vernacular design elements with super-saturated hues like sapphire, garnet, and turquoise.
New brass faucets turned this farm sink into a stylish wash station in this Arizona ranch home.
“We loved this wood on sight because of its chippy, peely look,” says Jolie Sikes in her book Junk Gypsy. They knew it was just the right element for an unusual bathroom accent, which contrasts nicely with the clean and modern subway tile.
This master bathroom has a spa-like feel thanks to the quartz countertops and the printed porcelain tile arranged in a Herringbone pattern around the tub.
An eye-catching “Antiques” sign adds age in the bathroom of this colorful Texas home.
Get the look: Pulleys ($20; amazon.com); Sisal rope ($9; amazon.com); West Elm mirrors (from $150; westelm.com)
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There’s no need to stare at unadorned walls in your bathroom. Treated canvas prints are water resistant and affordable. Go for oversized proportions for the best visual impact. For a unique look, have a local printer blow up a favorite photo into customized wall art. Nowadays, custom printers can create canvas prints and even laminate them for water resistance.
Get the look: Black and white curtains ($43; amazon.com); black hexagon tile ($10 per foot; homedepot.com)
Ashwood Moss by Benjamin Moore helps give this Atlanta farmhouse an earthy feel.
A 1920s claw-foot tub found on Craigslist is the centerpiece of the bathroom in this Arizona ranch home. Black porcelain floor tile, laid in a herringbone pattern, adds an unexpected edge. A chippy green chair, an antique Moroccan lantern, and a storage cabinet salvaged from an aircraft carrier offset the sleek surfaces with a little patina.
This Hamptons home’s rustic bathroom—painted in Bunker Hill by Benjamin Moore—has a camp lodge vibe.
In the upstairs powder room of this Martha’s Vineyard home, Currey & Company iron sconces complement a Bobo Intriguing Objects mirror, framed with reclaimed Azobe wood.
Get the look: Antique style hat rack ($18; amazon.com); Vintage gold mirror ($33; amazon.com)
Pitched ceilings in the bathroom of this tiny Florida cottage made a standard-height shower a no-go, so the owner chose a deep cast-iron bathtub instead. To keep costs down, she purchased a dilapidated tub for $100 at a junkyard and then had it refinished.
The climbing vines in this Connecticut bath look like wallpaper but are Ann Sacks tile. The tub is from Lefroy Brooks.
–Towels–Floor mat–Shower curtain. If you have a color you’re working with for your towels and floor mat, choose a patterned or printed shower curtain that contains some of that color to add pop to your bathroom
Television star Mike Wolfe brought in a vintage Stetson cowboy hat ad and displayed his wife’s hats on antique millinery stands to incorporate found objects.
Replacement is as simple as unscrewing or popping off the old hardware and adding a new one. To keep this project quick and easy, be sure you are replacing old hardware with similarly sized screw hole spacing, especially on bar style drawer pulls that require to screws. It’ll mean less holes to make (and hide) in the cabinets and walls.
The designer of this California farmhouse allowed the wonderful view of the Topatopa Mountains inspire the rest of master bathroom, from the earthy limestone floor embedded with fossilized rocks and shells to the hand-embroidered linen draperies in a soft shade of sand.
Turns out our gravitation toward wainscoting is biological. “The human eye is wired to scan for the horizon,” explains Freya Van Saun, professor of decorative arts at the New York School of Interior Design. “Rooms dating to ancient Rome can be found with millwork defining the midline.”
–Floating wall shelves–Wall mounted baskets–Adding a small furniture-style cabinet to the room
Older lighting fixtures and fluorescent lighting cast unattractive shadows and odd color hues on your skin. If changing a fixture isn’t possible, you can upgrade the bulb with some of the new fluorescent bulbs that are similar in color warmth to the light cast on a bright, sunny day.
The owners of this charming California bungalow replaced the master bathroom door with a toile curtain to improve traffic flow in the cramped space.
Instead of hiding a so-called eyesore, the owner of this Texas home played up a rusted corrugated metal wall by forgoing colorful accents, short of one lone-starred towel.
A quick and easy bathroom decorating idea involves changing out your bathroom’s hardware like drawer pulls, towel bars and the toilet paper holder. Especially if you’re bathroom is “adorned” with gold brass circa 1978.
Get the look: Country Living Toile wallpaper ($11; spoonflower.com); Granada Cluny tile ($1 each; houzz.com)
You’re now on your final bathroom decorating stages. This part’s like adding a giant bow to a present. Donate or throw away your old, mismatched towels and add new soft goods to your bathroom. An accent color or pattern would be a modern design touch. Add the following new textiles to your bathroom:
–A wastebasket and bathroom soap dish or soap pump–A silk floral or live plant if there’s natural light available. Orchids are a great bathroom plant — they love the humidity in a bright bathroom–Elements like a candle or room diffuser that add a nice scent to the room
With a whopping seven windows, the master bathroom of this California Wine Country home presented a serious design challenge: the homeowner didn’t want to hang blinds because of the light and the stunning views, but with a guest cottage located just north of the bathroom, they needed some privacy. The ingenious solution: Suspend West Elm mirrors from the ceiling with pulleys (purchased from a hardware store and spray-painted black) and thick sisal rope (also from a hardware store).
Get the look: Weathered wood ($99; homedepot.com); Modern white tile ($30; homedepot.com)
The addition of a woven vinyl floor rug by Chilewich is another option. The rugs are industrial strength, can be ordered in custom sizes and have a rubber backing that adds padding and comfort to your bathroom floor.
Set a weekend aside, invite friends over and try a few of these ideas to give your bathroom a facelift.
Tucked under an antique table, the owner of this loft maximized storage space by using this vintage chest of drawers to store towels and bath supplies.
Decluttering the bathroom will give it a freshly updated look. If you’re space challenged, look at how you can improve on existing storage. Adding pull-out drawers (that sort items easier) into a cabinet is an easy weekend upgrade. Standard sizes of pull-out drawers are available at most home improvement stores.
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Once you’ve upgraded the lighting quality of your bathroom, paint is the next quick and easy upgrade to the bathroom. Pick light colors for large surfaces like the walls and save the darker, richer tones for accents. Check how your color choices look in your upgraded lighting before you paint, since color temperature can change a color’s shade.
Burlap-upholstered closet doors, brass hardware, butcher-block counters, and a leather-wrapped mirror anchor create an airy space with rich, warm materials in this Georgia log cabin.
Get the look: Home Decorators brown mirror ($160; homedepot.com); Kohler white sink ($70; homedepot.com)
Antique sconces, canvas shower curtains, and a vintage copper sink basin bring a sense of history to the master bathroom in this New York farmhouse.
Gilded sconces, antique mirrors, and English countryside prints make this petite powder room feel curated—”like you’ve stepped into a boutique hotel,” says Jason, the owner of this Catskills home.
When thinking of bathroom decorating ideas for art, think beyond a canvas print. A wall gallery of favorite objects like starfish or baskets can be another way to decorate your bathroom walls.
Here is an overview of our quick and easy bathroom decorating ideas:Paint
Get the look: Nickel faucet ($42, amazon.com); Medicine cabinet ($91, amazon.com)
The most important upgrade you can make in your bathroom involves lighting. A Swedish study found that lighting, paired with the right color, affects mood. Changing out your lighting is not difficult or expensive to do, but makes a bathroom look fresher and larger.
Don’t just paint the walls — purchase an eggshell or semi-gloss paint and paint the cabinets, too.
The barn-door theme in country superstar Ronnie Dunn’s Tennessee barn home continues in an unexpected spot: a shower stall! Just outside, a towel bar hangs from two ropes.
Cast-iron fixtures like this salvaged sink add a feeling of vintage elegance to any bathroom—especially when paired with nickel-finished hardware.
If you’re tired of walking into your dated bathroom and dream of a change, we’ve got bathroom decorating ideas for you that are inexpensive and simple to do.
There are DIY-friendly flooring options today that are modern and easy to work with. Affordable, resilient vinyl floor planks are available at most home improvement stores and come in a variety of wood species and patterns. They’re realistic looking (white washed oak shown above) and include texture and imperfections on the surface, much like a real wood floor or stone tile would. Installing is as easy as scoring with a blade, peeling and sticking. The best part is that they’re waterproof and come with long warranties against wear and tear.
Graphic plaid wallpaper is juxtaposed to the ornately carved wood mirror in the bathroom of this 1970s Atlanta farmhouse.
This master bath’s characterless vanity got the boot and was replaced with a dresser scored on Craigslist for $35. Husband Jeff reworked it to accommodate a sink and sealed it with Waterlox to withstand splashes.
This once-dreary bathroom is now a highlight of the renovated 1950’s fishing shack, thanks to its rustic accent wall. The mosaic mimics the look of stacked firewood and engages viewers with its bold type and surprising placement.
If your tile is boring and there’s not much you can do about it, try removable adhesive tiles like the ones shown above. They’re easy to cut and install, look like the real deal and can be removed without damaging the surface behind it.
In this North Dakota home, the husband and wife homeowners aimed to combine both of their tastes in this chic bathroom. The wife picked out the simple black-and-white palette, while the husband chose the wooden ceiling.
While renovating this Tennessee farmhouse, Country Living style director Page Mullins and singer-songwriter Holly Williams carved out more space by enlarging the window and elongating the shower, installing a custom vanity, and adding a cabinet for storage. They also piled on the pattern, mixing green toile wallpaper with a graphic black-and-white tile.