There’s no denying that bathroom renovations can be costly. But good style doesn’t have to have a high price tag, which is why we came up with a fresh batch of budget-friendly decor ideas that actually make a difference. Just because we can’t splurge on the clawfoot tub of our dreams doesn’t mean we can’t give our bathrooms a major design upgrade. From simply adding a plant or swapping cabinetry hardware, these bathroom decorating ideas on a budget. Whether you implement one or a few, any of these tips will give your bathroom the high-quality look and refreshed feeling you’re after.
1. Add a Magazine Holder
A magazine rack and custom linen curtains are both beautiful finishing touches. And the contrast between the hyper-realist. Gritty photograph against the classic black and white striped wallpaper and glitzy chandelier creates a nice juxtaposition in this Leanne Ford-designed space.
2. Splurge On Towels
Hanging a few fancy and colorful hand towels can brighten things up immensely and also elevate a space that feels rundown or outdated. These butterfly print Missoni hand towels in a little girl’s bathroom designed by Studio DB are the perfect example.
3. 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. Then put your hand soap and lotion on a small elevated shelf above the sink as well as hang a single slim pendant light as Hecker Guthrie did here.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.