If you’re tired of that ole washed-out washroom, but you haven’t got a Rockefeller budget, then we suggest these simple tweaks that can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your humble loo.
Get Better Accessories
Q-tip jar looking lacklustre? Replace it and that ugly doodad holding your toothbrush, too, with new, modern pieces such as this charming ceramic threesome from West Elm.
Nautical Animal Canisters, $8 to $10.
Swap Out the Shower Curtain
Most people have white bathrooms that could use an injection of colour. How about tossing the mildew-laden curtain you currently have up with a bright option like this one?
Wow Them With Wainscotting
Beadboard – or wainscotting – is a lovely textural overlay that works well in bathrooms. And it’s not an expensive addition. If you’re handy, you could probably put some up yourself. Voila, instant cottage charm!
Bring in Fun Artwork
Everyone likes a good smile. This friendly Sesame Street-themed print is much better than staring at a blank wall. The 8 X 10 print, from Etsy, is printed on acid-free, 100% cotton rag fine art paper with fade-resistant pigment inks, so it won’t smudge in the bathroom.
Corral Stuff Using a Basket
Keep magazines and other bathroom literature (a.k.a. joke books) in good order with a basket. This one from Pottery Barn, made from sustainable seagrass, works nicely in a loo because it adds warmth to cold spaces.
Switch Out the Sconces
Lighting is an incredibly powerful way to set the mood in a small space. Tap into your bathroom’s existing electricity source to change the sconces (add a pair, if you don’t already have them). We’re digging this sculptural black fixture from Pottery Barn that features a hand-blown shade.
Add Funky Hanging Storage
Amp up your accessory game with stylish storage. Ikea’s Nordrana baskets in on-trend black will set you back $13 for two cute, woven pouches. And they’re handmade. The Swedish retailer also carries a basket sans handles and boxy storage in the same series. Get all of the pieces for less than $100.
Hang a Cool Mirror
For a very un-bathroom bathroom, repurpose a cupboard meant for a bedroom and pair it with an equally striking mirror, like this exotic piece from HomeSense, where decorative mirrors start at $50. The old-fashioned paintings are also a nice touch.