Bathroom Decor

The bathroom has evolved over the past decades from a strictly useful and functional room to one that is similar to a spa. Due to an aging population, many new and better products are available. These include: adjustable shower heads, slip resistant floor materials, chair-height toilets, walk-in tubs, and seated showers. Not having thousands of dollars available for decorating doesn’t mean that a bath can’t be versatile, unique, and thoroughly satisfying. Here are ten frugal ways to spice up any bathroom.

1. Inexpensive decorative mirrors add both light and space to any bathroom. They reflect colors, faces and other decorations and add character and interest. Mirrors are much more effective when grouped together rather than being a scattered mass simply hanging on a wall.

2. Pictures or prints can be massed on a wall. For maximum impact hang them closely together rather than separated. Pictures can be striking if they have a theme such as:

* Black and white photos – no color
* Older shots – from the 1930s or 1940s, for instance
* The frames are all an identical color
* The frames or photos have a uniqueness in common such as oval shapes, women only, pets, etc.

This decorating tactic works best in a powder room, rather than a full bathroom, because of the high moisture.

3. Excellent lighting in the bathroom is very important. The best design has sufficient light coming from different directions and having the best bulbs for the room. For common bathroom tasks, like grooming, teeth cleaning, hair and makeup, you’ll want to have white light that casts few shadows. For body care and bathing, a general ambient light usually suffices. Having lights on dimmers is best. Ceiling lights: are great for overall room lighting or ambient light while wall lights or sconces placed at eye level are best for applying makeup or inspecting your face. Having natural light in the bathroom is ideal. Not only is this the most accurate type of light with the best color rendering index, you’ll find that during the day you won’t need to turn on the lights quite as much. Skylights are another beneficial light source.

4. For color and charm, throw a rug on the floor. In a dull or drab bathroom, a rag rug or oriental carpet will add charm and beauty. Just be certain to use a non-skid pad underneath, especially if anyone will be stepping out of a tub or shower.

5. Collections can spark interest and admiration. Pottery is an unusual accent piece for any bathroom. Or you might consider old bottles, perfume atomizers, shaving mugs or other flea market collectibles. One especially exciting bathroom included replicas of old bottles with genuine antique stoppers made of silver and fashioned into old-time designs.

In a bathroom, be certain there is ample space for your collectibles, like a wide shelf with a lip or a generous window sill. Broken pottery or glass isn’t helpful in any room but it’s especially destructive in a bathroom. There are a wide variety of matching bath accessory collections available including wastebaskets, soap hand pumps, soap dishes, bathroom trays, brush holders, tumblers, and canisters.

6. Color is the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to alter any bathroom. Unusual colors on a bathroom wall, like melon, chocolate brown or peach, will add drama. Accents like brightly colored towels in a monochromatic bathroom will provide an outstanding accent.

7. Architectural details can spark interest. A piece of beaded or crown molding halfway up the wall or near the ceiling can transform a room, especially if it’s painted a funky color. A more elaborate addition would be grooved paneling over half the wall. Even a shelf or picture rail adds interest.

8. Add living color with plants or freshly cut flowers. The energy of plants is soothing and creates a zen-like atmosphere that is very conducive to relaxation and letting go of stress.

9. A piece of furniture, space permitting, can add unusual detail to any bathroom. Furniture need not be expensive. Most Goodwill or Salvation Army stores will have a battered piece of furniture that can be revived with sanding, paint and some unusual and classy handles or knobs.

10. Needlework makes a striking wall accent. For instance, sampler patterns from Colonial America are easily available and a few samplers grouped on a wall create a totally unique bathroom.

All ten of these ideas won’t fit every bathroom, nor should they. Simply choose one or two, as your budget permits, and begin slowly adding details. And don’t forget to take before and after pictures.