According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, bathroom fixtures take up 20% of the renovation budget on average so when choosing fixtures and finishes consider who is using the space and how heavily it will be used. Is it a kid's bathroom? Then plastic laminate flooring and countertops are a good option because they're both durable and inexpensive (and high-end material is of less importance to children). You'll thank yourself later for using finishes that are low maintenance and easy to keep clean. In that regard, choose quartz instead of marble and make sure glass shower doors are treated with anti-spotting agents. In terms of fixtures, you'll want high-quality construction like all-brass parts and a PVD finish that will resist scratches. Basic chrome is cheaper than materials like nickel or bronze. Low budget, high impact swaps include replacing specific features; here's our guide on how to pick out the best bathroom vanity. When making any changes consider where you can creatively hide storage in the room and for energy efficiency be sure to look for low-flow toilet models.
Stack floating shelves to add storage in a fashionable way. Colorful storage ladders showcase personality and are a great place to store containers. Sink skirts add flair and hide cleaning products. Wooden crates can be stacked, drilled into the wall or placed on the ground for accessible storage. Functionality is key for a small bathroom. Small rooms can easily lead to unwanted clutter, so make sure you're adding only design elements that are functional. Don't add knick-knacks or objects that don't serve a purpose. Store cotton balls and swabs in glass jars on floating shelves. Install a hamper under the sink. Minimize counter space by storing (rather than displaying) personal products. Add stackable baskets underneath cabinets and above washer/dryer units.
In addition to painting, there are other easy bathroom decor ideas such as refreshing the room's accessories like floor mats, toilet paper holders, soap dispensers and towels. Pricey items like custom floor patterns or countertop materials won't be as hard on your budget as they might in a kitchen because the space is much smaller. If you don't know quite what you want or need look through our other bathroom design ideas for some of the hottest bathroom trends and innovations, or browse other inspirational ideas like our marble bathroom gallery or our 30 beautiful and relaxing bathrooms. If you're still sketching out designs on graph paper make sure to look at our ideas about how to make the most of your bathroom layout.
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