5 Tips to a New Bathroom

by Kathleen Wilson

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Bathrooms are a utilitarian space, but it shouldn't be overlooked when you decorate. You start and end your day here, and it is often tied to your special haven, the bedroom. You don't have to remodel or spend large amounts of cash to brighten up the bath! Check out these great ideas for bathroom splendor on a budget.

  1. Paint - There is nothing that says utilitarian spaces must be bland. If your bath is connected to a bedroom, choose a color from that scheme to paint the bath and tie it together. You can also use the changeover trick. Paint the walls of the bath the ceiling color of the bedroom, and paint the ceiling the wall color of the bedroom. If your bathroom walls seem high, bring the color of the ceiling down onto the top of the walls by 12 inches or so, it will visually lower the ceiling. Also, try textural finishes like ragging and sponging.
  2. Towels - No need to buy all new towels. Use ribbon or scraps of fabric to sew or fuse a border on your present towels to add that designer look. You can even create a throw rug by bordering a towel with fabric strips on all four sides. Use a rug gripper with this to prevent accidents. If your towels are too thread worn to save, simply buy cheap ones at the discount store and dress them up as above, and save big bucks!
  3. Frame the mirror - Those big mirrors in most bathrooms definitely do the job, but they lack charm. Drape a fabric swag over the top and sides of the mirror, or frame it out in lathing strip. You can either paint the wood, or leave it for a more rustic look.
  4. Shower curtain - Buy a cheap vinyl liner for water protection, and then sew or fuse your own stylish curtain. Flat sheets are a great value here as there is no piecing together, and you can sew loops of ribbon at the top to tie on to the shower rod, or simply create pockets at the top to slide over like a curtain. Trim the edge in the same fabric you trimmed the towels for a pulled together look.
  5. Accessories - Don't forget to add a bit of personality to your room. Wall art is often overlooked in a bathroom because of the possibility of water damage. Eliminate that problem by buying cheap frames at the dollar store, and then frame tear outs from garden catalogs or old calendars. Give your room baskets (dollar store or discount store) to hold and hide cosmetics. Add plants if light is available. And candles and scent add to great ambience when you are soaking away the stresses of the day.

In a weekend, you can create your own spa (with a lock on the door for all you Moms!) that has warmth and charm. Remember, it takes creativity, not cash!

Kathleen Wilson is an author, national columnist, and editor of The Budget Decorator ezine. For more free ideas, inspiration, and information on her book and workshops, please visit her at www.TheBudgetDecorator.com

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