Styling your bathroom on a budget

You don’t have to dip into your savings for a complete bathroom remodel. You don’t have to dip into your savings for a complete bathroom remodel. In fact, with some smart styling choices, you can give your bathroom a whole new identity. So stick with us here for some easy, budget-friendly bathroom styling tips from reorganization hacks to window covering transformations. We’ll cover both small, DIY projects to inexpensive decor you can bring home. Let’s get started.

Replace old bathroom hardware

Black bathroom faucet with water on
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Medicine cabinet handles, sink handles, door handles, bathtub knobs, and other metal hardware can make your bathroom look dated and dreary. Liven it up with contemporary brass or stainless-steel in a black power finish. Choose minimal, recessed designs to make your bathroom feel more contemporary.

Don’t forget about the toilet paper holder or your shower head! Additional accents to pay attention to are soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, and towel racks. Keep the metal hardware consistent throughout.

Change the wallpaper

Replacing your old wallpaper or putting up a new one over your bare wall is an easy way to style your bathroom on a budget. Larger bathrooms can get away with a single accent wall, but small bathrooms might benefit from the same wall covering throughout. Anything soft and floral is a safe bet, but don’t be afraid of more geometric patterns like stripes and diamond tiles.

The sky’s the limit with bathroom wallpaper — we’ve seen everything from tropical fish patterns to leopard print. Just make sure the product is approved for bathroom use including standing up to humidity and potential splashes.

Go for an unconventional window covering

If you have a window in your bathroom, choose roman shades in neutral tones like blue, gray, or beige. There are also blackout models available if you’re concerned about privacy or want a product that helps with insulation. If you want to forgo any traditional window covering altogether, install a frosted film.

You can carve out a custom design for a pop of light and personality. Even then, you can still add a window covering over the film if you want the extra layer of fabric for aesthetic reasons.

Install inexpensive vinyl flooring

Vinyl sheets or vinyl tiles are inexpensive alternatives to more conventional materials. They’re also very easy to install and they hold up well against moisture and stains.

Honeycomb patterns are especially popular, though more unexpected designs like mosaic and aged wood look equally impressive. Another go-to is a two-tone tile scheme if you want a more graphic effect.

Vinyl floor covering in a bathroom
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Get a new towel rack

Wall-mounted towel rings are a thing of the past. Choose a freestanding tiered towel rack, instead. Some resemble very thin ladders and others more traditional standalone racks. Black marble, brass, stainless-steel, and chrome are all great choices. If you’re trying to achieve an organic spa ambience, choose wooden racks. Bamboo and teak both tolerate moisture well.

Take a cue from the outdoors

Another easy way to style your bathroom is with some greenery. Bring in a large bird of paradise or split-leaf monstera if you want a single focal point. Otherwise, spread out various plant species throughout the room. We recommend mixing it up with hanging vines, bushy potted varieties, and tall species.
Keep the pots and planters in a tight color scheme. This is a great opportunity to color your bathroom or introduce some new prints.

Pick a colorful bath mat or rug

If your bathroom is rather flat in terms of color, choose a loud bath mat to compensate. Abstract circles, rainbow stripes, mesmerizing geode formations — it’s up to you. You don’t have to stick with plain old rectangular or square rugs, either. Play up its lively colors by choosing an irregular shape like an imperfect, sunny-side up egg circle or a teardrop piece.

Mount some open shelving with bottom hooks

Increase storage space and liven up your bathroom with petite open shelving. Install shelves in staggered rows for a quirky look that doesn’t look out of place. Mount an additional panel underneath the lowest shelf with hooks for hanging towels and clothes. Keep small belongings on top or add a small succulent for more green.

Choose unconventional clothing hampers

Your plastic waffle hamper isn’t doing you any favors when it comes to style. Invest in some high-quality, natural fiber hampers in intricately woven designs. Sisal, jute, cattail, and bamboo are all long-lasting choices that also make any bathroom look crisp. Line them with linen fabric, and purchase matching sets in different sizes for a cohesive look. Two-tone designs like natural fiber and white stripes are classic, but plain styles allow for more customization later on if you change your mind.

Compared to other parts of your home, revamping your bathroom doesn’t require buying a whole new furniture set unless you’re really set on a new tub. So styling your bathroom on a budget is indeed possible. We hope our styling starter guide has added an idea or two to your vision board. Whether it’s a different towel rack or new flooring, these tips are sure to make your bathroom your new favorite part of the house.

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