June 08, 2015
I'll admit it: my bathroom is often a mess, and it's not my top decorating priority. But I've recently decided I need to change my attitude and habits when it comes to this part of the house. Just because it's tucked away from public view doesn't mean it's not important. It's where I get ready for the day so a tidy, well-decorated space is crucial for getting off to a good start. It should also be a relaxing spot to unwind at the end of the day while I get ready for bed.
So, now that I've realized the value of this room, I'd like to make some changes — but I don't want to renovate. Luckily, there are easy ways to do this. Here are some tips if you'd like to update your bathroom, too.
1. Change up your textiles.
The easiest way to completely update your bathroom is by changing up your textiles. A shower curtain, for example, can really help transform the room's look and feel. It's often the fist thing people will notice when they walk in and it's an easy thing to swap out. You have so many options — just decide what type of mood you'd like to set. Coastal decor is a popular bathroom theme that'll leave you feeling inspired and calm. Florals or abstract art can also help create a sense of tranquility. Or maybe you'd like something more energetic, like an inspiring quote or colorful map to help you wake up in the morning. A new rug or window curtains will also help your room feel brand new!
2. Clean up and get rid of clutter.
This might seem obvious, but it's a crucial step. If you're redecorating, no matter how small the changes may be, your first step should be to clear out your space. Not only will your bathroom seem cleaner and newer, but it will also look larger. It's very easy for unwanted items to pile up here. Take this opportunity to throw away anything past its prime: old toothbrushes, rusty razors, worn-out towels, etc. Do you have half-used shampoo or makeup bottles that you haven't touched in months? While you don't want to be wasteful, be honest about what you're going to use.
3. Add some smaller new, unexpected items.
Now that you've done some cleaning, you have more room for new decor! In addition to changing up larger textiles, like your shower curtain or rug, focusing on smaller items can really help refresh this room. Plants are an unexpected touch that are nice to look at and also help clean the air. Bath salts, bubble bath and soaps in glassware are both pretty and practical. You can even repurpose some unused items from your kitchen or bedroom — such as sugar holders or jewelry boxes — as decorative containers to hold cotton balls or Q-tips. And don't forget about art! Canvas art is a great option, as it won't fog up or get warped by condensation and temperature changes.
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