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59 Bathroom Decor Ideas for a Quick Makeover


Farima Ferguson

Farima Ferguson

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Updated on 04/14/22

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The bathroom may be the only spot in your home you have to yourself and for many, it's a little getaway for you to enjoy a relaxing bath or to do your nightly routine. So, your bathroom design should reflect your personal aesthetic for you to truly enjoy being in the space.

When it comes to redesigning your bathroom, you may think you need to do a total upgrade. But, you can give your bathroom a completely new look with simple, budget-friendly upgrades. From simple paint updates to items you can add from your own home, we share our favorite simple bathroom decor ideas that will instantly upgrade your bathroom design.

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Add Café Curtains

Ensure your bathroom gets natural light and privacy by installing café curtains. Go for a patterned option to enhance the overall character of the room, as Avery Cox Design did in this space. If you want to get crafty, you can even DIY them with your fabric of choice.

BUY NOW Etsy Toile Café Curtains, $98


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Hang a Gallery Wall

If you're tired of bare bathroom walls, fill them with framed art as designer Alexander Reid did in this space. Source cheap frames from places like flea markets, HomeGoods, and Facebook Marketplace. Take pages from coffee table books you already own, or invest in a new book, for artwork to fill the frames with.

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Jacob Snavely

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Wallpaper the Cabinets

Take inspiration from the cabinetry in this bathroom designed by Toledo Geller. If you have plain inset cabinets, use peel-and-stick wallpaper to fill the inset surfaces of them. If you're artsy, you could even paint designs directly onto the cabinets yourself for a unique touch.

BUY NOW Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper By Novogratz, $43


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Bring in Fresh Flowers

A vase with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers can instantly enhance a bathroom's luxury atmosphere. Just take it from this bathroom designed by Lucy Harris, which features flowers near pottery and art on a floating shelf. If you want the look to last longer, go for an artificial arrangement.

BUY NOW HomeGoods Artificial Cherry Blossoms, $30


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Repurpose Old Furniture

The next time you're considering tossing or selling a piece of furniture, consider bringing it into your bathroom instead. For instance, you could forgo built-in shelves and create more storage space with an armoire. Both traditional and quirky, this unexpected item will make your bathroom feel homier. It's especially unique when paired with Fornasetti's cloud-print wallpaper and a modern aubergine stool, as done in this bathroom decorated by Arent & Pyke.


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Display Towels on Towels

Nothing screams luxury like a fully stocked towel display. The one in this bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie puts all linen closets to shame. Of course, the fresh flowers and sleek mirror enhance that effect.

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Incorporate Brass Accents

Brass features add “a hint of luxury and a nod to older styles,” designer Shari Francis says of this bathroom she gave a cosmetic upgrade. Any easy yet cheap way to do that? Incorporate brass accessories. If not with a faucet or mirror, use a brass soap dispenser, tissue box, toothbrush holder, or even a set of hardware for hanging towels and robes.

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Emily Minton Redfield

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Add a Small Table

Enjoy a regular bubble bath? Put a small table next to your tub, as designer Elizabeth Georgantas did here. A wood stool or small slim side table will not only make your space look more luxurious, but it's perfect for hosting your glass of wine, book, speaker, or candles.

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2LG Studio

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Get an Indoor Tree

Add a tree in the corner for a low-lift update that has a ton of transformative power. As seen in this bathroom designed by 2LG Studio, the palm leaf tree truly brings it to life.

BUY NOW Costa Farms Majesty Palm Grower Pot, $39

Leanne Ford Interiors

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Paint Everything One Color

Picking one color and sticking to it will make things a lot easier, and this tonal look is both on-trend and visually interesting (even—no, especially—if you go for something as simple as white). In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, even the faucet is painted white.

BUY NOWRust-Oleum Ultra Matte White Paint, $23

Regan Baker Design

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Choose a Colorful Rug

One of the only ways to bring warmth into a bathroom with affordable decor is an area rug. It's also a fun way to add color, print, and texture. The fringe and pops of neon featured in this mostly-marble bathroom by Regan Baker Design is the perfect case study. A bath mat will do, too.

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Hecker Guthrie

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Swap In Eye-Catching Hardware

Always remember that extra storage is your friend in a bathroom, where you'll want to tuck away unsightly essentials. Eye-catching hardware, like the rose gold handle pulls in this space by Hecker Guthrie, make the cabinets look a lot more expensive. And instead of installing custom marble countertops, you can just shop for an affordable marble tray to stack your items on.

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PHOTO: Tom Ferguson; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Splurge on Soap

When you can't afford to renovate the bathroom, focus on minor additions that can make it feel a touch more elevated. Spending thousands on installing a new marble sink, for example, may be out of the question, but a fancy soap for guests can do more good than you'd think, and it's a fraction of the cost. Aesop is always a good call, as seen in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke.

BUY NOWAesop Aromatique Hand Soap, $40

Hecker Guthrie

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Use Fake Plants

This bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie proves that you don't need a huge space to make an impact, especially when plants are involved. Love plants but can't keep them alive or don't think the ones that eventually die are worth the money? There are actually some pretty great artificial plants and leaves that don't look totally fake, whether you display them together in a vase or bolster a bouquet of flowers with them.

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Leanne Ford Interiors

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Add Something Metallic

Adding a dash of metal can make the bathroom feel a little fancier and more polished. Even something as nondescript as a catch-all or soap dish will do the trick, but we're partial to that round stool in Leanne Ford's bathroom.

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Arent & Pyke

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Display a Robe

Even something as simple as hanging a robe can make all the difference. As seen in this Arent & Pyke-designed bathroom, it makes the space feel spa-like. The small Art Deco area rug also plays up the blue tones throughout while introducing pattern and a pop of coral.

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PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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Hang a Pendant Light

Leanne Ford is the master of reclaiming old items and making them feel brand new again, like the shelf, mirror, and antique knick-knacks in this bathroom. The schoolhouse-style sink fits in with the retro look while the fresh white paint and oversized dome pendant polish things off.

BUY NOWVintage Brass Pendant, $100

Arent & Pyke

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Wallpaper Half the Wall

Not only is it a good idea to keep wallpaper out of splashing range, but it can also cut your cost in half if you only buy enough for half the square footage. The white tiles in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke keep things feeling fresh while the wallpaper adds a little more personality.

BUY NOWWild Grass Removable Wallpaper, $45

Alexander DB

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Warm Things Up

Design firm Alexander DB softens up the large factory-style windows and gritty concrete floors in this industrial space with a plush area rug and striped hand towels. Though they're decidedly more bohemian, they fit in with the modern black tub and warehouse vibes because they stay within that monochrome palette.

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PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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DIY Wallpaper

Give your walls some oomph and treat them like a canvas for a collage project. Think vintage ads and magazine articles and a few records for some contrast. In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford, the vintage magazine scraps play up the retro feel of the tiles.

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Regan Baker Design

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Lean a Ladder

Introduce extra storage space for your towels in style by leaning a wooden ladder against the wall. It brings in more dimension than a traditional wall shelf and looks more unique.

BUY NOWMillwood Pines Wood Ladder, $74

PHOTO: Nicole Franzen; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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Craft a Narrative

The beauty of this bathroom sink area is that everything looks like it has a history, even the soap dish. While the oval hanging mirror and sink feel grounded and rustic, the sconces and gold faucet introduce a nice formal flair. You'd never guess these old fixtures came from the house of an old friend of the designer, Leanne Ford. "It's a perfect example of how things can look so different depending on where they live," she says.

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts

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Camouflage Toilet Paper

In this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts, our eye is immediately drawn to the pretty linen towels, marble hooks, hexagonal floor tiles, and whimsical floral wallpaper as opposed to the toilet paper. For a similar effect, make your toilet paper blend in or look cooler than it is with a wall-mounted holder.

BUY NOW Ferm Living Black Toilet Paper Holder, $35

PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Opt for an Etagere

Another great way to introduce a ton of storage without having to drill into your walls for custom cabinetry and shelving is by sliding in an etagere, as done in this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts.

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Regan Baker Design

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Be Bold

You don't need a giant space to design a bathroom that stands out. Take notes from this one by Regan Baker Design. An accent wall with a classic toile pattern, a timeless mirror about a small sink, an artful hand towel, and a geometric light make this powder room feel complete.

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PHOTO: Max Kim Bee; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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Install a Shelf

If your bathroom is tiny, clear clutter and add more surface space by installing a shelf above the toilet or right under the mirror and above the sink, as done in this space designed by Leanne Ford.

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Studio DB

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Add a Fun Shower Curtain

A fun shower curtain with geometric shapes will spruce up a bathroom or play up existing tiles, as seen in this space designed by Studio DB.

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Hecker Guthrie

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Pay Attention to Details

Don't overlook the details, like a toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, and other catch-alls for things like Q-tips, cotton pads, and more. Transferring those drugstore items from their original packaging makes the whole room look so much more put-together and beautiful, as Hecker Guthrie proves with these minimal containers. Even a toilet brush can be pretty!

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Add a Wall Sconce

The turquoise tiles in this small bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts are balanced by a more natural rattan-framed mirror, while modern scones bring the look into the 21st century. See how the color makes those other items pop even more?

BUY NOW West Elm Metal Sconce, $89

Hecker Guthrie

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Swap a Mirror for Wall Art

It's all in the details—by giving accents an offbeat twist, you'll make a big impact. For example, instead of hanging a mirror above the sink, consider displaying artwork instead (Pro tip: Shopping for your artwork on eBay and Etsy or scouring flea markets is a lot more affordable). Then put your hand soap and lotion on a small elevated shelf above the sink and hang a single slim pendant light as Hecker Guthrie did here.

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Bathroom décor: 17 fun and quick options to freshen up your interior

1 Bathroom accessories

Let's start with the accessories that almost every bathroom has: soap dishes, dispensers, storage containers. Buy a new set of such items, and the room will immediately play differently. This technique works especially well if the interior is made in neutral colors: then new accessories become bright accents and can radically change it.


2 Shower curtain

Another integral attribute of the bathroom is the curtain. If you choose an unusual option, like the one shown in the photo, any interior will change.


3 Flowers

Living plants are not often found in the design of an ordinary bathroom, although nothing prevents them from being placed there. You can choose succulents in small pots, put a floor pot with a voluminous plant, or even try hanging options.


Vases with fresh flowers or dry flower arrangements are also a great decor idea.


4 Wicker baskets

A popular option for decoration and practical storage in the bathroom are wicker boxes and containers. They can store clothes for washing or the necessary little things. The advantage of just such boxes is that they add a touch of ethnicity to the room and the comfort that accompanies it.

Design: Four Generations One Roof

5 Laundry basket

To collect dirty laundry, you can choose not only a wicker basket, but also a model made of textiles. Now they are presented in a huge number of options. Choose a basket with an interesting design (in the photo - an imitation of the starry sky), and it will become an accent in the interior.


6 Mirrors

In an ordinary bathroom, as a rule, there is only one mirror and it hangs over the sink. It is absolutely not forbidden to break this rule: not only are many models of mirrors beautiful interior accessories, but they also visually expand the space.


7 Colored bottles and storage containers

Beautiful bottles made of colored glass or painted on your own will be an unusual decor element. To match them, you can pick up storage containers and create an interesting composition.

Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design

8 Towels

This seemingly unremarkable attribute of the bathroom can be played with interesting things. For example, store towels in a certain way. Look at the photo below: a row of identically folded towels of different colors becomes an element of room decoration.


9 Rug

You can experiment with a rug in the same way as with a shower curtain: choose an option with an unusual design, and the interior will be transformed.


10 Lamp

Mirror lighting is an important attribute, especially for women who often perform cosmetic procedures in the bathroom. Try to beat this moment by choosing an unusual lamp.


11 Unusual shelving unit

An interesting storage idea is a simple wooden ladder. You can hang towels on it or attach boxes to it and put various accessories there. Such functional decor will add a rustic charm to the bathroom, and it is quite possible to make it yourself.


12 Table or ottoman

For lovers of long bath procedures, it will be very useful to have a small table or ottoman in the room: on the first one you can put a book or put a glass of wine while you bask in the bathroom; on the second - sit down or throw a towel or bathrobe.


13 Chandelier

In most bathrooms, it is rare to find a beautiful chandelier: apparently, it is considered that it does not belong in the interior of the bathroom, or it is only an attribute of spacious bathrooms. As you can see below, all this is empty speculation: the chandelier not only looks organic in the space of a small bathroom, but also becomes a bright accent.

Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design

14 Original Faucet

Of course, this option cannot be fully considered an express way to update the interior, but if you are planning to replace your old mixer, it may well be considered. Try to choose some unusual model, for example, in a brutal industrial style: it will definitely bring individuality to the interior.

Design: Jamie Banfield Design

15 Nautical Accessories

A nautical theme is often used in bathroom design – isn't that a good reason to add accessories to match? In the interior in the photo, corals act as them. You can also use beautiful shells, starfish and mother-of-pearl things.

Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design

16 Pictures and posters

It would seem that hanging paper decor in the most humid room of an apartment or house is crazy. However, this is a fairly popular design technique. It is only important to choose posters and paintings in frames and glass. Another option is to simply change the wall decor more often. Again, for updating the interior - great.

Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design

17 Wall Panel

A more practical type of wall decor is a panel made of ceramic or plastic elements.

Design: Lugbill Designs

Speaking of ceramics. Instead of paintings and panels, you can use decorative plates - this is also an unusual and practical way to decorate the bathroom interior.

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