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6 Ways to Redecorate Your Bathroom on a Budget

Few people have the cash for a full bathroom remodel, which can reduce your bank balance by up to $10,000. Instead of living off Ramen noodles for years, use these quick fixes for fabulous updates under $500.


1. Add Some Color


The easiest way to add glamour to your bathroom is to introduce some color. Paint, wallpaper, and accessories are inexpensive options for adding visual pop. Try some of these color combinations:

  • For a serene bathroom, choose sage green or light blue with accents of lavender.
  • For an earthy feel, stick with rich shades of brown, green, or blue.
  • For a morning wake-up call, select sunshine yellow accented with white.
  • To look beautiful every day, highlight the bathroom with peach tones, which complement skin tones.
  • To make a guest bathroom stand out, try dark colors, metallic paints, or bold patterns.

Even the tiniest change, such as installing a new shower curtain or adding cloth storage bins, can make a big difference.

2. Replace Your Hardware

Changing out cabinet hardware is a common trick for kitchen remodels, but this simple action brings benefits to the bathroom as well. Switch out your dated drawer pulls, cabinet knobs, towel racks, and toilet paper holders for their modern equivalents. Shop at clearance events, second-hand shops, and charity warehouse stores to keep your costs down.

If your budget can handle it, also invest in a new faucet and different shower fixtures. Home improvement stores and online retailers offer several matching options that are perfect for showers, soaking tubs, and walk-in bathtubs. Be sure to coordinate metal colors, such as brushed nickel, stainless steel, chrome, or brass.

3. Upgrade Your Lighting

The right bathroom lights can mean the difference between enjoying your morning routine and dreading even a quick look in the mirror. Every master bath or guest bath in most modern house plans should have a combination of natural or ambient lighting, task lighting, and possibly accent lighting. Sconces to the right and left of the mirror cast the most flattering glow, but overhead mirror lights are the second best option. Avoid having a single overhead fixture, which typically casts hideous shadows.

4. Add Textures

A fabulous bathroom engages a person’s sense of touch as well as sight. Try adding some plush towels, rattan baskets, beadboard, or a woven bath rug. Combine glass, stone, metal, wood, and cloth to match your unique tastes. Keep in mind that outdoor fabrics provide a unique look without the worry of mold and mildew. For an extra splash, use a resurfacing kit to add the look of granite to your single or double bathroom vanities.

5. Change the Mirror

Over time bathroom mirrors become damaged, scratched, or just ugly. Replace the traditional mirror with a modern framed version or a vintage find from a thrift shop. If removal is not an option, buy a mirror framing kit online.

6. Personalize Your Space

The least expensive way to update a bathroom is to use items that you already own. Arrange vacation photos or children’s drawings for the look for custom wall art. Hang a favorite houseplant from a ceiling hook or add scented candles to utility shelves. Personalizing a space always makes it feel more homey and comfortable.

By combining these tips, you can make any bathroom look great. Impress your guests, accommodate your kids, or rejuvenate your morning routine with creative remodeling on a budget.

Abby Evans is an avid blogger and recent proud homeowner. She loves studying architecture, home design and decor and plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build her dream home. 


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The Most Fascinating Bathrooms in the World

For most people, a bathroom is just a room to use for bodily functions. For others, it’s a place to display creativity and imagination. A trip around the world will turn up some of the most interesting bathrooms you’ve ever seen. Both public and private, these bathrooms offer something not commonly seen.

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Wacky Toilets

Around the world, there are toilets that have been transformed from a basic bowl and water tank into something worth checking out. If you’ve been jaded by the toilet in your own home, take a peek at these interesting alternatives.

This bizarre-looking skull toilet is found in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where you don’t flush paper down the toilet due to bad pipes. Instead, the toilet paper is dropped into a wastebasket . . . in this case, the missing molar at the back there. Toilets with teeth never seem to be a great idea, even when they’re non-biting ones like this.

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This overly adorned toilet is found in Turkey. As if the serial killer motif weren’t creepy enough, some of the toys actually talk to you. Definitely an interesting toilet that you would only want to use when desperate.

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Did you ever worry about a toilet monster when you were a child? This toilet makes that nightmare a reality!

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Unusual Urinals

For some reason, men’s rooms tend to have more interesting themes, perhaps because urinals just lend themselves to oddities like those shown below.

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These giant mouths seem to be a common theme in several bars around the globe, but these first ones are tame . . . take a look at the ones further down in the list!

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These urinals have a whole different kind of mouth. Perhaps a little less creepy than the ones above.

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If you’ve ever wished your indoor bathroom were designed to make you feel like you were outdoors, this waterfall urinal might just do the trick. It’s found at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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Not many bathrooms let you play games while you pee, but this urinal at an undisclosed location in Zurich, Switzerland, is designed for fun. The more you drink, the more likely you are to make a goal!

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These urinals may seem a tad feminine for a men’s room, but hey, they’re art, after all. Designed by Clark Sorenson, these cost upwards of $6,000, so you probably won’t see them in a public bathroom near you anytime soon. The ones below can be found at Dobbies Garden World in Scotland.

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Crazy Sinks

A bathroom vanity sink is just for washing your hands, right? A large percentage of the population doesn’t even use them . . . but these sinks fairly beg you to test them out!

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Forget splashing around in a sink in some bathrooms. This hand sanitizer gets rid of the age old worry of how to turn the water on and off without getting germs on you again; it simply sprays disinfectant on your hands when they are between the two bars. The disinfectant evaporates rapidly, leaving you with germ-free hands. At least, until you touch the bathroom door.

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Why not go back to nature with a rock as a sink? This hollowed-out piece of the outdoors makes a lovely, if not chunky, bathroom sink.

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Speaking of nature, this elegant bathroom vanity shell sink looks more like a piece of art than a place to scrub up, but it’s a prime example that art can also be functional.

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There’s nothing like some live animals to make your hand-washing and tooth-brushing experience just a little stranger. This sink features an enclosed aquarium, complete with live fish. Unfortunately, if you want it, you’ll find that HomeClick seems to have discontinued the product.

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Trippy Tubs and Showers

Tubs can be pretty standard . . . but we’ve managed to find a few that really stand out in their class, along with some interesting showers you might want to take a look at. Why should bathing be boring?

This shower looks like something out of the future. With so many gadgets and buttons, it might take you a few years to figure out just how to turn on the water, but this shower features steam, acupuncture shower jets, and a touch screen TV, plus its own water heater. Oh, and it can be yours for just $4,300!

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Now this is the true definition of a walk in bathtub! Anyone who is really into shoes will love this shoe-shaped bathtub, and it comes in a variety of designs for the shoe connoisseur.

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Ever fancied bathing in an egg? That’s what this interesting shower offers – the aesthetic pleasure of bathing in a rather odd-looking shower stall.

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Interesting Wall Art

Forget the toilets: These bathrooms are all about the walls! From murals to mirrors, they stand out thanks to some very interesting art.

Looking for a special place to take care of business? The Peace Palace at The Hague in the Netherlands goes all out with the decor in their bathroom. Even the stall dividers are made of marble, and the entire place is sheer elegance. You’ll feel like royalty when you’re using these toilets.

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At Dinosaur World in Plant City, Fla., you’ll find this decidedly prehistoric men’s room, complete with a brontosaurus or two walking across the wall. The entire bathroom is painted up with this mural, making it a pretty impressive place to pee.

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Bathroom Concepts to Wow You

Sometimes you just need to look at the whole bathroom to really be impressed. These washrooms are designed to wow, freak you out, or just make you want to remodel your own.

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This bathroom in London looks mirrored on the outside, but from the inside, you can see everything going on around you. It’s enough to make more than a few people shy away from using the bathroom, although no one can actually see in. The toilet is actually an art exhibit by Monica Bonvicini, titled “Don’t Miss a Sec.”

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When it comes to big and beautiful, this Singapore bathroom at the Changi airport is big enough that you’ll want to hang out there instead of at your gate!

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This bathroom is actually quite tasteful, but we’re betting you won’t see too many other bathrooms with stripes like that on the floor. This Venice hotel bathroom at La Saturnia could have also been filed under most spacious . . . look at all that room!

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This bathroom in Egypt really conserves space: The toilet and sink area doubles as a shower stall. Just make sure you take the toilet paper and towels out of the bathroom before you turn it on!

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Whether you view bathrooms as a basic necessity and nothing more or you find them an interesting study in decor, these bathrooms are most definitely some of the more intriguing ones you’ll find anywhere in the world.

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The Man Bath versus The Woman Bath

It is a historic and monumental debate, I mean argument, between couples. The bathroom that is. What belongs in it, what goes where, and when. If you share a single sink bath vanity with your spouse then I’m sure you can understand the “issues” that arise with that dynamic. We created this infographic to help explain the differences in bathroom etiquette between the sexes.


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Practical Reasons to Have a Bath Vanity

Contemporary Square Sink Bathroom VanityWhen it comes to redecorating a home, often the bathroom is neglected in the process. Still, shouldn’t it be every bit as inviting as the rest of the home?

Nothing can turn around the look of an outdated, tired bathroom than a bath vanity. It is the latest trend in bathroom remodeling and a wonderful addition to the home.

Three Practical Reasons to Have a Bathroom Vanity

  • Space-Saver: Easier to organize and store linens, sheets, towels and other necessities.
  • Lighting: Bathroom lighting above a well-placed vanity provides a better view when applying makeup or shaving in front of the mirror, not to mention the extra countertop space you can use to organize your personal hygiene products while you’re getting ready.
  • New Design: Attractive way to modernize the bathroom and give it a new look.

Bath vanities come in many beautiful styles, colors and designs. Marble and granite countertops are the most popular as they are both stylish and durable. When choosing the cabinetry, wood products are very popular. Quality dark cherry, teak or mahogany woods are kiln-dried for stability and durability, and then they are sealed to prevent staining and watermarks. Choosing a cream or light colored countertop to contrast the dark wood, adds an old-world charm to this bath vanity.

If you’re looking for a more contemporary look, you can choose a bath vanity with chrome accents and frosted glass cabinet doors. Topped with your choice of black, sesame gray, pearl blue or tropical brown granite countertops, this style gives a clean, modern look to your bathroom. You can add towels, soap holders and other accessories to finish off the room with your own personal touch.

There are so many bath vanities to choose from, it’s easy to find one to reflect your personal decorating style without spending a fortune. A bath vanity will turn your bathroom into the room you can be proud to display.

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Bathroom Vanity Cabinets – So Many Choices!

The days of a white box with a sink sitting on it masquerading as bathroom vanity cabinets are over! Times have certainly changed and the amount of styles, designs and colors for bathroom vanity cabinets is never-ending. Whether you prefer contemporary lines, vintage antique reproductions or sleek oak, there is something for everyone. Bathroom vanity cabinets have grown up!

To begin deciding on yourbathroom vanity cabinets there are a few things that you must consider. First of all, how much room do you have? Do you have the room for one of the larger bathroom vanity cabinets to give yourself more storage area? Do you want a special shape or design? Just keep in mind that the fancier you get and the more unusual size you look for, the more expensive it probably will be.

Some bathroom vanity cabinets have matching mirrored over-the-sink cabinets and other bathroom fixtures and furniture to go with it. Others are just very practical and a great place to store towels and other bathroom items. Whichever you decide, be very diligent in doing your homework and figure out exactly what you desire. Bathroom vanity cabinets are built to last many years, so in order to be extremely satisfied you need to be sure and buy exactly what you love.

When you are choosing bathroom vanity cabinets, keep in mind what type and color of sink you are going to use on top. If the bathroom vanity cabinets are vintage looking, perhaps a freestanding sink with vintage faucets might be nice. Or if you’re going to get a sleek, modern look, perhaps a beautiful granite with inlaid sink might be just what is needed. There are so many choices of sink materials as well as color that you really have to choose a bathroom vanity cabinet first so you can work everything else around it.

Bathroom vanity cabinets have become the centerpiece of the bathroom. Keep an open mind when choosing one, remembering that it’s something you will keep for quite awhile. If this is a full remodel, then try and decide what the basic décor will be and make sure that your vanity as well as all other bathroom furniture follows suit.

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