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8 Instant Bath Updates

By Chantel Simmons

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8 Instant Bath Updates

You don’t have to renovate to make your bathroom into a blissful oasis. These eight ways will renovate your space without breaking the bank.

1. Towels
•    Swap those torn and tattered towels for pretty, plush towels instead.
•    To make your bathroom a spa-like space, choose white towels or for a punch of colour or rustic flair, try orange, yellow, or a print.

2. Shower Curtain
•    Toss that plastic shower curtain (and liner!) in the trash, and update your space with a fabric curtain instead.
•    Look for a thick, textured fabric in a bold shade or interesting pattern (think wallpaper design). Can’t find what you’re looking for? Purchase curtains instead, or take fabric to a seamstress to be custom fit for your shower space (or DIY if you’re handy).
•    Then, update your liner. Choose one that’s white or clear, mold or mildew resistant, with double-reinforced holes for shower rings, heavily weighted at the bottom (so it’s billow-proof).

3. Scent
•    Indulge your senses by choosing a scent for your space — lavender to soothe, vanilla to indulge or bergamot to invigorate — then purchase hand soaps and creams, bath bombs, bubbles, shower gels and candles in your favourite scent to create a subtle, inviting aroma to your area.
 
4. Accessories
•    A few accessories can make your bathroom a place you want to be — rather than a place you need to be.
•    A heated towel rack is inexpensive and can make getting out of the shower as nice an experience as being in it (especially in winter).
•    Add a large green plant (palms work well in bathrooms because of the humidity) to a corner, or orchid to the corner of the tub or countertop. Fresh flowers by the sink add colour and fragrance.
•    Buy pretty jars and display your white toiletries — cotton balls and swabs — rather than stashing them away in a drawer.

5. Artwork
•    Adding artwork to your bathroom is a great way to create a unified space.
•    Choose a theme for your bathroom – rustic, spa, contemporary – then choose artwork that enhances this theme.
•    Try black-and-white photography, textured paintings or 3D metal art.
•    Avoid oil or water-based paintings as they can get damaged by the humidity (or have them treated).

6. Hardware
•    Knobs and handles can make a bathroom look dated.
•    Swap your standard hardware for some statement pieces.
•    Stylish finishes include brushed bronze, antique copper, pewter, and shiny or matte nickel.
•    For a whimsical look, look for antique or mismatched pulls such as birds or letters.

7. Mirrors
•    Swap that standard mirror for something that makes you look twice.
•    Over double-sinks, choose two matching framed mirrors, or arrange multiple mirrors in a staggered pattern to create a really interesting accent wall (this works especially well with white-painted intricate mirrors).
•    Add a mixed-metal mirror on the long wall beside the bath instead of artwork, which will help open up a small space, too.

8. Lighting
•    Bathroom lighting doesn’t have to be harsh and unfriendly. Instead of a single potlight in the centre of the ceiling, hang a stunning chandelier that’ll make your bathroom really feel like an inviting room in your home.
•    Or, above the vanity, add wall sconces that’ll add a gorgeous glow.

Topics: Bathroom, Art, Accessories, Lighting, Mirrors, Budget, Decorating

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