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Bathroom Decor:
Great Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom on a Budget

Bathroom Decor - Ideas for Decorating the bathroom

By Samantha Birch
Edited by Linda Kevich

The bathroom has evolved over the past decades from a strictly useful and functional room to one that is similar to a spa. And just because there aren't thousands of dollars available for decorating doesn't mean that bathroom decor can't be unique, dramatic and thoroughly satisfying. Here are nine frugal ways to spice up any bathroom with decor:

Bathroom Decor Tip #1
Collections of inexpensive mirrors add both light and space to any bathroom decor. They reflect colors, faces and other decorations and add character and interest . Mirrors are much more effective when grouped together rather than being a scattered mass simply hanging on a wall.

Bathroom Decor Tip #2
Pictures or prints can be massed on a bathroom wall. For maximum decor impact, hang them closely together rather than separated. Pictures can be striking if they have a 'theme', such as:

  • Black and white photos - no color

  • Older shots - from the 1930s or 1940s, for instance

  • The frames are all an identical color

  • The frames or photos have a uniqueness in common - oval shapes, women only, pets

This decorating tactic works best in a powder room, rather than a full bathroom, because of the high moisture.

Bathroom Decor Tip #3
Needlework makes a striking wall accent in bathroom decor. For instance, sampler patterns from Colonial America are easily available and a few samplers grouped on a wall create a totally unique bathroom.

Bathroom Decor Tip #4
For color and charm, throw a rug on the bathroom floor. In a dull or drab bathroom, a rag rug or oriental carpet will add charm and beauty to the decor. Just be certain to use a non-skid pad underneath, especially if anyone will be stepping out of a tub or shower.

Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Bathroom Decor Tip #5

Collections can spark interest and admiration. Pottery is an unusual accent piece for any bathroom decor. Or you might consider old bottles, perfume atomizers, shaving mugs or other flea market collectibles. One especially exciting bathroom included replicas of old bottles with genuine antique stoppers made of silver and fashioned into old-time designs.

In a bathroom, be certain there is ample space for your collectibles, like a wide shelf with a lip or a generous window sill. Broken pottery or glass isn't helpful in any room - but it's especially destructive in a bathroom.

Bathroom Decor Tip #6
Color is, of course, the quickest, cheapest and easiest way alter the decor in any bathroom. Unusual colors on a bathroom wall, like melon, chocolate brown or peach, will add drama to the decor. Accents like brightly colored towels in a monochromatic bathroom will provide an outstanding decor accent.

Bathroom Decor Tip #7
Architectural details can spark decorative interest in a bathroom. A piece of beaded or crown molding halfway up the wall or near the ceiling can transform a bathroom, especially if it's painted a funky color. A more elaborate addition would be grooved paneling over half the wall. Even a shelf or picture rail adds interest.

Decorating the BathroomBathroom Decor Tip #8
Add living color to your bathroom decor with plants or freshly cut flowers. The energy of plants is soothing and creates a zen-like atmosphere that is very conducive to relaxation and letting go of stress.

Bathroom Decor Tip #9
A piece of furniture, space permitting, can add unusual detail to any bathroom decor. Furniture need not be expensive. Most Goodwill or Salvation Army stores will have a battered piece of furniture that can be revived with sanding, paint, and some unusual and classy handles or knobs.

All nine of these decor ideas are not likely to be suitable for every bathroom, nor should they. Simply choose one or two of these bathroom decor ideas for now, then as your budget permits begin slowly adding details. And don't forget the 'before and after' pictures of your bathroom decor project!

About The Author

Samantha Birch is the creator of where you can read dozens of articles & information on home decorating, furniture, unique home decor, home interiors & gifts, including a home blog, books on decorating and weekly specials.

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