8 Tricks for Bathroom Decor on a Dime

We’d all love to update our ho-hum bathroom to mirror one of the over-the-top spa-like bathrooms we see in decorating magazines. You know the ones we mean. They’re typically outfitted with an outrageously expensive free-standing tub, a separate tiled shower with a built-in bench and multiple shower heads, heated towel racks, and a double vanity that looks more expensive than your entire dining room suite! Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that kind of a budget to work with. Still, with a little imagination, a bit of forethought and some DIY spunk, you can do a bathroom remodel on a budget. Here’s how to take your bathroom from boring to impressive without breaking the bank!

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Make Some Magic With Paint

There’s no less expensive way to transform a bathroom — or any room, for that matter — than with paint, and if you do it yourself, you save even more.

  • Stencil the ceiling to create an unexpected focal point. (Painting it in a contrasting color will have the same eye-catching effect.)
  • Create drama with boldly-colored walls. (Consider saturated colors like turquoise, terracotta, or deep blues as well as deep, rich grays.)
  • Got a little imagination and a paintbrush? Paint a simple mural to add pizzazz to an otherwise ordinary bathroom. (Bear in mind that things like bare trees or blooms are easiest to master if you’re not exactly a Picasso protégé!)
  • Instead of replacing an outdated vanity, give it a makeover with paint and new hardware. (Oil-based paint works best in moist environments and is easier to clean, too. Just make sure you’ve got some good ventilation in the room since the fumes are strong!)

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Make Tile More Affordable

Tile is a popular choice for bathrooms because it’s durable, moisture resistant, and versatile, but it can get pricey. Here are some ways to cut tiling costs to make it a more affordable option:

  • Use less expensive plain white ceramic tile for the majority of the room, and add a colorful tile accent wall.
  • Along the same lines, perk up white tile with dark or colored grout lines.

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Author : Tom

New York , NY

Tom is the Host, Founder and Chief Home Improvement Evangelist of The Money Pit. He is a hands-on home improvement broadcast journalist and the kind of guy homeowners want to call at midnight — when their basement floods!

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