7 Smart Solutions to Give Your Bathroom a Face-lift

BY NANCY MATTIA ON AUGUST 17TH, 2016

Since the bathroom is such a popular place in most homes, it makes sense to give it some attention. If yours is looking a bit tired, we have some ways to wake it up. Adding color, texture, or new technology can impart style savvy.

1. Paint, paint, paint

You've heard it before and for good reason: Paint is powerful. Giving drab walls a fresh coat is like pumping your bathroom with caffeine - it'll have instant energy. Try a gorgeous blue like Tropical Lagoon from Home Depot or go pristine clean with Simply White, Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year.

2. Store towels on open shelving

Setting fluffy colorful towels on open shelves or on a freestanding shelving unit (minus any doors) is another effective way to make a room pop. But it's not just decorative - it's practical too since shelves provides storage. Whether you stack the towels hotel-style or roll them like at a spa, make sure they're organized and tidy and within easy reach of bathers. If you only have room for a towel bar or two, pick decorative towels that add charm, like Hammam hand towels. "They come in neutral colors and get softer with each wash," says Brooke Lang, a Chicago interior designer. "They're inspired by traditional Turkish towels and come with a tassel fringe detail on the ends."

3. Light up the room

Change your ho-hum overhead fixture to a more exciting option like a crystal chandelier and the room suddenly takes on a glam ambiance. Or add colorful pendants or a sleek pair of sconces to the existing lighting options.

4. Install a mirror

A bathroom mirror lets you insert some personality into the most-used room in the house, Lang says. "Select one with a frame that's reflective and unique, but also tall and narrow. It will draw your eye to the ceiling and give the illusion of a taller space."

5. Go for the gold

Shake up an all white or gray theme with gold accessories that add some sparkle to the neutral setting. It could be anything from the shower curtain to cabinet pulls. Lang's a fan of the look too and likes to place a metallic gold tray on the countertop to hold all of the daily essentials, such as soaps and lotions.

6. Floor it with a vintage rug

Skip the traditional bath mat and bring in a vintage over-dyed rug as a bath runner, Lang suggests. "These rugs are extremely durable and simply beautiful at all times of the day."

7. Add fun technology

How awesome would it be to trick out your bathroom with tech products? You could relax in a warm bath as you binge-watch "Game of Thrones" on a strategically mounted TV or listen to music or audiobooks through wireless speakers that work with your showerhead and a Bluetooth-enabled device like a smartphone. Fortunately both are simple to install - no geek pro necessary!

 

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