We all have dreamt of having a luxurious bathroom.
Large jacuzzi tub or a rainfall shower. Gorgeous tiled floor. Vanity large enough for three of you. Because why not? But when you’re on a budget (aka broke as hell and can barely afford to pay rent, let alone buy a house of that grandeur), you’re looking at a bathroom barely big enough to fit that jacuzzi tub you want so bad. And that sucks, right? But by doing any (or all!) of these five ridiculously simple ways to improve your bathroom, you can do the best with what you have – without digging into your savings account.
Clear sink clutter
Covering your sink with tons of jewelry trays, stackable drawers, and an array of makeup brushes may seem “practical”, but it’s so displeasing to the eye. By freeing up the counter space and stashing everything away in the cabinets, you are able to create a cleaner look and a more relaxing vibe. Just having some extra space open up visually can make it feel like you have more room to breathe. And who wants to feel claustrophobic in their own bathroom? Hide the clutter – or even get rid of some of it if you can! – and you will have an instant improvement.
This may sound like it’s a little much, and if you already have decorative knobs (or no knobs at all!) you can skip this suggestion. But if you’ve got plain old knobs straight from the factory, it’s time to switch them out for something with a little more character. Swapping the boring knobs for ones that fit the mood of your design will make a difference. The decorative aspect shows that you pay attention to details, and that you truly care about pulling the whole room together. Don’t skip over the small things; even the littlest decor can have a huge impact.
Floating shelves or baskets
My last house didn’t have any shelving in the bathroom, and there was no way I was fitting all of my stuff under the sink. To solve my storage problem, I bought two baskets (matching but different sizes) and hung them on the wall above the toilet with the tops facing out. These served as a great place to store our towels and cloths, and they were so accessible.
Using baskets is a great way to conquer storage issues, but you could also try floating shelves if you prefer a more open style. Either way, avoid the clunky plastic storage bins. You don’t live in a dorm anymore. If you have to use a separate cabinet piece, upcycle something from Goodwill.
Not every bathroom has the capability of letting in natural light, but if yours does, let it shine! There is nothing more depressing about a small bathroom than having zero natural light. Using interior lighting doesn’t even compare to the natural light as far as flattering selfies go. And the more sunlight you use, the better you feel and the less electricity you use. It’s a win-win. Take down those black-out curtains and embrace the sunshine. Your electric bill will thank you.
The easiest way to improve any room is with a fresh coat of paint. Even if it’s the same or a similar color as before, repainting a room basically erases all of the marks your wall has collected over time. And if you want to get really fancy, you could repaint the cabinets a new color, or add some accent designs to one wall. Any drab bathroom is going to look better with some pops of color here or there.
As for me and the new house E and I just moved into? Well I intend to implement a few of these myself, starting with some new paint! Our cabinets need a major update in design (hello new knobs!), and the crown moulding around the ceiling could use some work. I’m even thinking about putting the accent color on the ceiling.
What small updates are you planning to do to improve your bathroom? Let me know in the comments!
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