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Beautify your Bathroom on a Budget

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If you love spending time at the spa, you can work on creating your own spa-like sanctuary at home. The bathroom is one of the areas where we spend the most time in our homes, yet its design potential is often overlooked.

Luckily, because it’s small in area, you don’t have to spend too much money to give it a complete overhaul, particularly if the major items like sink, toilet, and shower are in working order. For inspiration, you can look at decorating blogs, Pinterest, or photographs on listings sites like HomeSales in Australia.

The following are just a few ideas to give your bathroom a simple makeover that’s easy on the wallet:

Choose Brightly Colored Accessories

One of the most cost-effective ways to give your bathroom a makeover is to choose one or two colorful accent pieces. Shower curtains and area rugs are low in cost but provide a powerful focal point for the room. Although crisp white towels are a classic choice for bathrooms, you could also enliven your selection with colorful washcloths, hand towels, or loofas. Pops of color are desirable, but you don’t want to overdo it or your bathroom will feel more like a carnival than a calming spa.

Re-Paint Cabinets

Save on the cost of replacing bathroom installations like cabinets by giving them a fresh coat of paint. You won’t need too much time or money to accomplish this, but to get the best results you will need to clean and sand them before painting. If you have paint left over from other areas of the home, using it in the bathroom is a good way to tie your overall decorating scheme together.

Install Vintage Tiles

Cheap flooring options such as linoleum can give a clean and modern look. However, another option that injects a dose of quirky personality is to choose vintage tiles. Art deco, kitschy ’50s pastels, and polka dot patterns are all the rage with interior designers, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Vintage tiles can be used for flooring or even for an accent wall in the bathroom if you have a bit more cash to spend. Cool vintage wallpaper would also achieve the same effect.

Freshen Things Up With Flowers

Create a spa-like ambience in your bathroom with fresh plant life. Hanging plants in the window or a small bouquet of flowers on the countertop can instantly bring the room to life. And if you choose plant life from your own garden, you won’t have to spend a penny.

Find Smart Storage Solutions

Nothing cuts a bathroom’s perceived size more than clutter. If you’re a beauty product junkie, you’ll want to find a place to store your moisturisers, scented lotions, bath bombs, and hair styling products. This could be a good excuse to go through and toss old makeup and beauty products that are long past their expiration date. Organize cabinets to make your items easy to find and free up the countertops.

By giving your bathroom a little TLC, you can make every moment you spend in it more pleasurable. So get ready to drift away with a hot bath and scented candles in your new, personalized spa.

Rachel MacDonald is a freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and design. She also works with HomeSales, one of Australia’s top real estate listings sites.

Photo credit [Flickr]:  ooh_food

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