When it comes to bathroom decor, most people have trouble thinking outside the box. Sure, it might be hard to find ways to turn a bland room into a warm, inviting retreat, but it’s possible. Instead of being satisfied with a drab washroom, give it new life by adding everything from inexpensive bath mats and towels to an oversize tub or trendy vessel sink. Here's how to make your dreary room sparkle with just a few updated bathroom products.
Make your bath accessories shine.
Because your space always has a few constant fixtures (shower, tub, toilet and sink), the accessories are what make the room truly unique. If you’re a matchy-matchy type, you can get a corresponding tissue box, tray, soap dispenser and trash can, but make sure to include other designs for variation. For a bit of luxury, include a towel warmer, a makeup mirror and even an armchair or stool for lounging. And, of course, bright towels and bath mats, plus a shower curtain, if your shower needs one, are musts.
Add some color with unique bath materials.
Much like in the kitchen, washroom materials are often neutral colors, so try something new by opting for colorful surfaces. Give your vanity countertop a facelift by going green, blue or yellow, and use a multicolored mosaic tile backsplash to liven up your sink or shower wall. Instead of going with a neutral tile floor, dare to be bold with patterned tile or a textured stone.
Go for the bathroom remodel.
Sometimes your washroom is beyond repair, and no number of colorful mats or cutesy tissue boxes will do the trick. Instead, think about a major revamp by adding a new shower, tub, sink and vanity. Although individual preferences take precedence, pedestal tubs, double sinks and walk-in showers are always popular options. If you’re looking to go big, many contemporary showers now have multiple showerheads, including a rain showerhead and handheld showerhead, and vessel sinks and makeup vanities are always elegant additions.
Or make minor changes to your bath design.
If a remodel doesn’t fit into your budget, there are several small things you can do to freshen up your bathroom. Changing the wall color, towels and shower curtain is an easy way to make a big impact. To make an old washroom feel less retro, you can always switch out old towel racks, cabinet hardware, faucets, lighting, medicine cabinets and mirrors for newer, trendier models. You can even enhance your shower by replacing a dingy old showerhead with a more high-tech version.