Updated Saturday, January 21, 2012 ::
8 Instant Bath Updates
By: Chantel Simmons
You don’t have to renovate to make your bathroom into a blissful oasis. These eight ways will renovate your space without breaking the bank.
• Swap those torn and tattered towels for pretty, plush towels instead.
• To make your bathroom a spa-like space, choose white towels or for a punch of colour or rustic flair, try orange, yellow, or a print.
2. Shower Curtain
• Toss that plastic shower curtain (and liner!) in the trash, and update your space with a fabric curtain instead.
• Look for a thick, textured fabric in a bold shade or interesting pattern (think wallpaper design). Can’t find what you’re looking for? Purchase curtains instead, or take fabric to a seamstress to be custom fit for your shower space (or DIY if you’re handy).
• Then, update your liner. Choose one that’s white or clear, mold or mildew resistant, with double-reinforced holes for shower rings, heavily weighted at the bottom (so it’s billow-proof).
• Indulge your senses by choosing a scent for your space — lavender to soothe, vanilla to indulge or bergamot to invigorate — then purchase hand soaps and creams, bath bombs, bubbles, shower gels and candles in your favourite scent to create a subtle, inviting aroma to your area.
• A few accessories can make your bathroom a place you want to be — rather than a place you need to be.
• A heated towel rack is inexpensive and can make getting out of the shower as nice an experience as being in it (especially in winter).
• Add a large green plant (palms work well in bathrooms because of the humidity) to a corner, or orchid to the corner of the tub or countertop. Fresh flowers by the sink add colour and fragrance.
• Buy pretty jars and display your white toiletries — cotton balls and swabs — rather than stashing them away in a drawer.
• Adding artwork to your bathroom is a great way to create a unified space.
• Choose a theme for your bathroom – rustic, spa, contemporary – then choose artwork that enhances this theme.
• Try black-and-white photography, textured paintings or 3D metal art.
• Avoid oil or water-based paintings as they can get damaged by the humidity (or have them treated).
• Knobs and handles can make a bathroom look dated.
• Swap your standard hardware for some statement pieces.
• Stylish finishes include brushed bronze, antique copper, pewter, and shiny or matte nickel.
• For a whimsical look, look for antique or mismatched pulls such as birds or letters.
• Swap that standard mirror for something that makes you look twice.
• Over double-sinks, choose two matching framed mirrors, or arrange multiple mirrors in a staggered pattern to create a really interesting accent wall (this works especially well with white-painted intricate mirrors).
• Add a mixed-metal mirror on the long wall beside the bath instead of artwork, which will help open up a small space, too.
• Bathroom lighting doesn’t have to be harsh and unfriendly. Instead of a single potlight in the centre of the ceiling, hang a stunning chandelier that’ll make your bathroom really feel like an inviting room in your home.
• Or, above the vanity, add wall sconces that’ll add a gorgeous glow.
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