Spruce Up Your Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate, second only to kitchens. If installing marble tile, acquiring a lust-worthy clawfoot tub, and splurging on a rain shower is not in the cards, there are still numerous ways you can give your bathroom a luxurious look without breaking the bank. Live in a rental? You, too, can go luxe for less. Scroll below for our nine favorite affordable ideas for transforming your bathroom from basic to bombshell.
ADD A PLACE TO PERCH
Nearly every high-end bathroom we’ve stepped into is equipped with seating of some sort, be it a simple garden stool, a tufted ottoman, or an ornately carved armchair. Not only does the accent look luxurious, it also feels grand—why do your pedicure on the toilet seat when you could have your very own throne?
We often see hurricane jars filled cotton balls in the most well-appointed of bathrooms. The traditional look isn’t for everyone, and some of us like our toiletries more concealed. But one of the most tried-and-true tricks for giving your space an elevated aesthetic is to contain your odds and ends. Store your soap in a dish rather than on the sink, stash your toothbrush in a beautiful tumbler, or keep your Q-tips in a darling box; doing so will instantly neaten your space.
REPLACE YOUR-RUN-OF-THE-MILL MAT
A dirty or tired bath mat is a sure fire way to make your bathroom look unkempt, and if you have one, there’s no question yours should be swiftly replaced. But the most luxurious bathrooms have taken this a step further and replaced terry cloth mats with Turkish and Persian rugs. The tufted wool rugs are soft underfoot and the perfect substitute for a bath mat. Better yet, with beautiful patterns and colors that only get better as they fade, they can add so much personality and sophistication to your bathroom.
FIND A MIRROR WITH FLAIR
It’s a sad, sad thing how many of us settle for contractor-grade mirrors from the bathroom aisle at The Home Depot. By choosing a mirror with a little more personality, and getting clever with storage rather than resorting to the standard medicine cabinet, you’ll elevate your space to something far from basic. If you’re on a budget, browse flea markets and discount shops like HomeGoods for affordable mirrors, or try DIY-ing one.
INPUT A MONOGRAM
A monogram is a staple of practically every luxe 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 & Graham offers monogramming on practically everything under the sun.
GET THE HANG OF IT
Know that expression, “A place for everything, and everything in its place”? It’s one thing that great designers are always successful at. A bathroom can easily look messy and spartan if there’s clutter or no place to hang your towels and robes (or worse: 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 for your bath towels. These simple additions may be virtually unnoticeable to the average guest, but they can make a drastic impact on the polish of the room.