The bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate, second only to kitchens (hence why most of us tend to leave these spaces as is). But you don’t need a gut renovation to make your space feel luxe. If installing marble tile, acquiring a lust-worthy claw-foot tub, and splurging on a rain shower is not in the cards, there are still numerous ways you can give your bathroom an expensive look without breaking the bank.
Renting? You too can go luxurious for less sans the extensive renovations. By upgrading small details like your storage, mirror, or bath mat, you can swiftly elevate the look and feel of your bathroom without having to put a sledgehammer through your vanity. Here are our nine favorite affordable decorating ideas for elevating your bathroom.
Add a Place to Perch
Replace Your Bath Mat
Hang a Mirror With Flair
Input a Monogram
A monogram is a staple of practically every classic sophisticated bathroom we’ve seen. Monogrammed bath towels are a no-brainer, but you can make your mark on hand towels in a powder room, a tissue box, or even the back of an upholstered chair. Mark and Graham offers monogramming on practically everything under the sun.
Get the Hang of It
Ever heard the expression, "A place for everything, and everything in its place"? Placement is one thing that great designers are always successful at. A bathroom can easily look messy if there’s clutter or no place to hang your towels and robes (or if linens are tossed on the floor). So hang a small hand-towel ring right by the sink where it’s needed, install a hook for your bathrobe, and make sure you have a rod to hang your bath towels on. These simple additions may be virtually unnoticeable to the average guest, but they can make a drastic impact on the look of the room.
Bring in a Touch of Brass
Dress Your Walls Up
Don't Settle for Basic Lighting
And now, interior designers have declared these the best small-bathroom paint colors.
This story was originally published by Julia Millay-Walsh on January 15, 2015, and has since been updated by Gabrielle Savoie.