- by Emma Morgan
It's a common experience among creative people that they do some of their best thinking in the bathroom. This is because although bathroom use is for showering, shaving, applying makeup and so on, it's also where you relax. How much you relax is governed by your bathroom's ambience. If you’re tired of walking into your dated bathroom and dream of a change, I’ve got bathroom design ideas for you that are inexpensive and simple to do.
Bathroom Design Ideas: Lighting
Lighting is probably the most important upgrade you can make to your bathroom. Lighting and color have a profound effect on our mood and upgrading them is a worthwhile investment. Changing your lighting is not difficult or expensive to do, but makes your bathroom look fresher and larger.
Older lighting fixtures and fluorescent lighting cast unattractive shadows and create odd and unattractive skin tones. Changing the fixtures, either to something ultra modern or to an attractive retro look can have an amazing effect on how you feel in your bathroom. If changing the fixtures isn’t an option, you can just upgrade your bathroom with some of the new fluorescent bulbs that are similar in color warmth to the light cast on a bright, sunny day.
Be original when upgrading lighting. Bathroom lighting trends include hanging pendants and light bars that diffuse light in a room. Select LED lighting fixtures since they’re the most energy efficient and don’t heat your bathroom up.
There’s a great variety of affordable lighting fixtures available. Replace outdated lighting fixtures with new ones from your home improvement store. Electrical projects are best left to professionals, but with some guidance, switching out lighting fixtures isn't difficult to do yourself.
Once you’ve upgraded the lighting quality of your bathroom, color is the next quick and easy upgrade to the bathroom. Get a paint color chart from your local hardware store and find complementary colors that would look great in a bathroom. Pick light colors for large surfaces like the walls and save the darker, richer tones for accents. Check how your color choices look in your upgraded lighting before you paint, since different light sources can change a color’s shade.
Bathroom Design Ideas: Color
It’s no longer necessary to choose gloss in a bathroom to combat moisture. Just ask the hardware shop or paint specialist to include an additive to flat paint to keep it from mildewing. Paint your walls with the perfect shade you selected.
Don’t just paint the walls. Use an eggshell or semi-gloss paint and paint the cabinets, too.
Don't overdo it, but unadorned walls in your bathroom can be boring. Treated canvas prints are water resistant and affordable. Go for oversized proportions for the best visual impact. For a unique look, have a local printer blow up a favorite photo into customized wall art. Custom printers can create canvas prints and even laminate them for water resistance.
When thinking of bathroom decorating ideas for art, think beyond a canvas print. A wall gallery of favorite objects like starfish or baskets can be another way to decorate your bathroom walls.
If your bathroom tiles are boring and there’s not much you can do about it, you can try removable adhesive tiles. They’re easy to cut and install, look like the real deal and can be removed without damaging the surface behind them. You can also get special tile paint for an entirely new, fresh look.
Bathroom Design Ideas: Fittings & Fixtures
Changing out your bathroom’s hardware, such as drawer pulls, towel bars and the toilet paper holder makes for quick and easy bathroom decorating with a big impact for little work . Especially if you’re bathroom is full of the brass fittings that were all the rage in the 1970's.
Replacement just involves unscrewing or popping off the old hardware and replacing them with new ones. To keep this project quick and easy, be sure you are replacing old hardware with similarly sized screw hole spacing, especially on bar style drawer pulls that require two screws. It’ll mean fewer holes to make (and hide) in the cabinets and walls.
Decluttering the bathroom will give it a freshly updated look. If you’re space challenged, look at how you can improve on existing storage. Adding pull-out drawers (that sort items easier) into a cabinet is an easy weekend upgrade. Standard sizes of pull-out drawers are available at most home improvement stores.
Towels and Accessories
You’re now on your final bathroom decorating stages. This part’s like adding a giant bow to a present. Donate or throw away your old, mismatched towels and add new soft goods to your bathroom. An accent color or pattern would be a modern design touch. Add towels, floor mat and, if your shower recess has one, a new shower curtain. If you have a color you’re working with for your towels and floor mat, choose a patterned or printed shower curtain that contains some of that color to add pop to your bathroom.
Your bathroom should have an updated look now. It’s time to add personality. Some bathroom design ideas that add the finishing touches to your bathroom include:
- A wastebasket and bathroom soap dish or (better) a soap pump
- A silk floral or live plant if there’s natural light available. Orchids and cyclamens are great bathroom plants as they love the humidity in a bright bathroom
- Elements like a candle or room diffuser add a nice scent to the room.