Or maybe you just have a small budget for your home.
I had someone ask me to give them tips on decorating their apartment bathroom a long time ago. Sorry. I am just getting around to it, but here are some tips. I hope this helps. Readers, you may ask me questions in the comments section.
Frame your mirror
You can do this via buying framing from your local hardware store or a picture framing place like Aaron’s. Michael’s does it, too. Paint it out. Stain it. Do whatever you’d like. I actually just had a great idea — pasting newspaper clippings. Measure out the mirror and attach with double-sided Velcro strips to the edge of the mirror or pre-existing medicine cabinet. I am avid double-sided Velcro user. I keep it in my event planning kit. I had to line a stage with fabric using it last minute and it held all night.
Paint the Walls
One would typically go for a soft color. Please refrain from using pastels. It will date your room back to the 80’s. If you can deal with a strong color on the walls, by all means, do so. You can also use appliqués or paint a design on the walls (Target has wall appliqués) to personalize your space. The appliqués can also be used in other rooms of your apartment.
Shower Curtain (drawn back)
A nice shower curtain and liner are essential. The curtain has the most presence because of its size, so buy a nice one and good liner protects it from water damage. Keeping the shower curtain drawn back makes the bathroom look larger. If there is a window, the natural light will be able to shine through making your small bathroom look larger, as well.
Hang a picture or pictures
A trio or nice large one. If you have a huge empty wall, a huge scenic pic or extremely understated picture would be a nice focus.
Towels (two colors, if you’re feeling adventurous)
One can find quality towels at a good price all day long at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Kohls, Home Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Tuesday Morning. Actually, all of these places are good for accessories. You have to become a shopper, if you are on a tight budget.
One rug; one plush large rug. There is no need for two, unless your bathroom is huge. The floor should not be cluttered with multiple rugs. Keep it clean and neat. Additionally, rugs near the toilet, unfortunately, are a refuge for urine that missed the toilet, guys. Think of how washable your rug is before purchase.
Change hardware (towel rack and toilet tissue rack)
Home Depot and Lowes sell these all day long and they are relatively cheap. Easy update!
Around the sink, along the front of tub, or tall candles cater corned on the floor near the bathtub. I do not like things on the back of the toilet. Typically, they are hidden by the edge of the toiletseat cover and they can be a nuisance.
Toothbrush and soap dispenser
Spend some money here. It makes a difference, if you want that luxurious feel. That bright cheesy gold will tarnish, please pass them up.
Lamp (low lighting)
If you have extra space on a cabinet (away from water)
Shelving (floating preferably)
I hate that metal vertical storage unit that surrounds the toilet. I don’t like the wood ones either. For one, it dates a bathroom and, two, people who buy this tend to clutter their bathroom with tchotchkes.
What will impress your guests more than anything? A clean bathroom. No matter how well you decorate a bathroom, its cleanliness will be most important. Keep surfaces clean and decluttered.
My cleaning supplies
Comet/Ajax ∙ Scrubbing Bubbles ∙ Bleach in a spray bottle ∙ Papertowels ∙ Windex ∙ Rubber gloves (so your hands don’t smell like bleach all day)Swifer Dry Cloths (LoL) I mentioned this on twitter once before, but these things are magical. I figured this out when I didn’t have any cleaning cloths. I do not like using bath towels to clean.