12 Bathroom Decoration Ideas on a Budget

by | Jan 31, 2020

Your bathroom is so much more than a place to hide away your toilet. Even if you’re only in the shower for a few minutes, your brain has the rare opportunity to work without the constant input you have to deal with the rest of the day.

The best approach with bathroom decor is to keep it simple. You want a comfortable space that’s not too busy. Removing and containing clutter is key to a sleek and stylish loo. After that, subtle touches can make all the difference. So check out these DIY projects & simple switch-ups that will leave your bathroom looking gorgeous. 

But first, a note on hygiene: This may be obvious to some people, but it doesn’t matter how much thought and time you spend decorating your bathroom if you let it get gross! Mildew and soap scum on the porcelain and tile is unsightly, and the longer it goes without a scrub, the harder it will be to get it shining again. And toothpaste on the mirror and faucets will be sure to gross out your guests. So commit to keeping it spotless, and it will only take up a little of your time each week.

Bathroom decor ideas on a budget

1. Ditch the bland shower curtain

This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start your bathroom makeover. A shower curtain is a perfect focal point for your decor, and there are thousands of possibilities to choose from. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even design your own. Make sure it hangs outside the tub at all times, and use a cheap inner shower curtain to protect it. 

2. Coordinate with your floor mat

You can buy shower curtains and floor mats in sets, or find a mat that works well with your shower curtain. This will help tie the room together and prevent clashing. If you’re having trouble finding one that suits you, try making your own!

3. Use wicker baskets for storage 

Extra hand towels and toilet paper rolls don’t have to dominate your cabinet space if you use a couple of stylish wicker baskets to keep things organized. Stay on top of mold and dust by cleaning them regularly, and they’ll stay in good shape for years to come. That way, unsightly items like toilet brushes, cleaners, and the plunger have plenty of space to hide. 

4. Splurge on towels

The look and feel of your towels say a lot about you, so buy something nice. It doesn’t matter how much work you put into your bathroom remodel if you use the same old ratty towels. The color and style options are limitless, as long as they don’t clash with everything else. 

5. Hang towel hooks 

Nothing ruins the look like bath towels tossed haphazardly over the shower to dry. And towel bars only fit one towel, so they aren’t the best option for a small bathroom. But towel hooks let you hang multiple towels up, and you can build them into existing shelves – or use them with a display shelf for an attractive way to add decorations. Buy one, or give this surprisingly simple DIY option a shot.

6. Update your fixtures

You can add a lot of style to your sink by replacing practical fixtures. While a polished chrome finish has been the standard for years, there are plenty of more modern options – think brass, bronze, black, or even a decorative ceramic. Personal preference is everything here, as long as it doesn’t clash with the sink. If you choose a brushed finish over a polished option, you’ll spend a lot less time cleaning splash marks off your faucet.

7. Replace outdated knobs and pulls

If you have bland knobs and pull handles on your cabinets, change them out for something more attractive. Add a little color, go for an interesting design, or get bold and creative by making your own. Or if your existing pieces only need a little love to do the trick, you can refurbish them.

8. Paint the cabinets 

A new paint job will freshen the look of your bathroom cabinet in no time. But unless you’re planning to remodel the whole bathroom, find a color that works with your tile and consider how it will compare to your shower curtain. 

9. Upgrade your mirror

Take your old mirror off the wall and replace it with something totally different, or try adding a frame to your existing mirror. Or, if you want to decorate outside the box, replace the mirror with a work of art. With the right piece, this can make for a bold statement that will truly impress your guests. 

10. Organize your counter space 

Keeping your bathroom accessories organized will prevent unsightly clutter. Matching storage accessories are great, but it can be hard to find them at a thrift store, and they can be pricey. Fortunately, there are low-budget options like repurposes mason jars that provide an elegant solution.

11. Showcase your favorite reading material  

A few choice novels or magazines can be classy if done right. This can be as simple as a magazine rack to a dedicated shelf installed on the wall. Who hasn’t gotten lost in the pages of a novel while relaxing the bathtub? And sometimes, a visit to the powder room is the perfect cover to read instead of being social. Of course, some people really go all out

12. Vamp up your lighting 

Ideally, your bathroom light has symmetrical wall lighting instead of overhead lights. But the ability to be flexible can improve things dramatically. Installing light fixtures above your mirror is an excellent way to provide task lighting for when you’re getting ready for the day, while a floor lamp can provide softer light for a relaxing bath. And if you’re willing to cruise antique shops and secondhand stores, budget light fixtures with style and personality are very easy to find.

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