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Mini Makeover Ideas for the Bath

Transform this space – without calling a contractor.
⁣Bathroom renovations are notoriously expensive, with the average bathroom reno costing thousands of dollars (if not tens of thousands). But a makeover of this space doesn’t have to be an all or nothing: A mini makeover is something you can DIY in a jiffy. Whether it’s a fresh set of towels, a new coat of paint, or our favorite solution, a new rug, you can give your bath a whole new look with just a few tweaks. We gathered some of our favorite designers bathroom designs to give you some inspo:
In this bathroom by Linda Sonders Designs, our Gradation Ticking runner brings in a welcome dose of pattern in an almost all white space. Two more tricks to steal: A houseplant to add life and woven natural baskets to conceal clutter on shelves.
Utah-based Whitney & Co. Design followed much the same formula (a striped rug underfoot and a touch of living greens on the counter) in this mini bathroom renovation. Writes Whitney, “We upgraded this builder’s grade bathroom with a more detailed vanity, round brass mirrors, and a lovely striped runner. It didn’t break the bank, yet it’s not so builder’s grade anymore!”
We’ve got two words for you: Styled shelves. If your bathroom features open shelves, like this one by Jenna Baksa, take fifteen to declutter, organize, and style them so they add to your decor--not detract from it. For extra credit, decant staples like Q-tips and cotton balls into pretty containers, and roll out a handsome indoor/outdoor rug.
Two rugs are better than one in this bathroom by Jennifer Chipman, Senior Interior Designer for Alder and Tweed in Park City, Utah. “I love the challenge of working with “quirky” spaces because you already have instant personality,” says Chipman. Using a runner and an area rug works with the floorplan and creates two distinct zones in the bathroom.
We love the look of a glam chandelier in the bath, like this one in a room by Hilary Hale Interiors. And upgrading your light fixture is less of a project than you might think: With some very basic electrical know-how, you can do it yourself, or call in a handyman for an hour.
Patterned textiles take any room to the next level, but especially in the bathroom where they soften hard surfaces like tile and stone. Add a patterned shower curtain, a textured rug and an upholstered stool, like Instagrammer @MollyinMaine and you’ll have completely transformed your room.
Behold what paint, new countertops, and a little styling can do! “This bathroom was in decent shape but the vanity colour was definitely dated,” says Lisa Harbun-Hemeon, the owner of West River Design in Canada. “Replacing the countertops with quartz, removing the massive builder mirror and adding some architectural interest with horizontal shiplap elevated this space from blah to beautiful!”
Not only does the high-contrast stripe rug change the look of this bathroom, it changes the feel too. “Tile can feel so cold on your feet, so I love that this rug fills the space in front of our vanity so my feet don’t touch the tile,” writes designer Hilary Hale of her design.
Jordan, the blogger behind House Becomes a Home, also discovered the power of a rug to change the look and feel of a nice-but-plain bathroom. “[It’s] so crazy how a new rug can change up an entire space!” she wrote. “I feel like this beauty was made for my bathroom.”
There are a dozen no-reno-required styling ideas to steal from this chic bathroom by Jaimee Rose Interiors, including a Morrocan-inspired rug, a tasseled stool, and a pretty potted orchid. Another quick DIY idea: Swap your vanity’s hardware for something more your style.
If your bathroom features wood paneling, consider painting it (and your trim) in a bold color like designer Alison Pickart did. Throw in a colorful rug and you’ve got yourself a room with some serious personality.
Our founder Annie Selke’s own bathroom is a picture of zen-like calm (hello, soaking tub!). To get the look, throw down a sheepskin, hang up a soft robe, and corral your soaps onto a pretty tray.
A bathroom is a classic place to try out fun wallpaper. Designer Abigail Eve Henderson used our Beads Indigo Wallpaper to stunning effect in this bathroom. She says, “One of the first steps of interior design is deciding how you want the space to feel. I wanted this bathroom to feel fresh, light, bright and clean.”
While you may not be ready to create your own antique dresser-turned-sink vanity, you can take a lesson from this bathroom by KLH Custom Homes.  “Vintage always steals the show,” writes the team at KLH. Consider adding a small antique item to a bathroom to give it character and then lay down a plush black and white wool rug to finish the room. 
This calming bath by Nicolls Design Build (@nicollsdesignbuild)  proves that neutral accessories can be soothing while still adding interest to an all-white bath. The nubby texture of our indoor/outdoor Hobnail rug paired with a natural wood stool creates a subtly warm, organic vibe.
“When beautiful, custom cabinetry and quartz just isn't enough—you guild that lily with a marble herringbone backsplash and some brass sconces,” jokes designer Gina Sims of this drop-dead gorgeous bathroom. Our Samson rug (based on an antique one from designer Bunny Williams’s personal collection), sophisticated soap dispensers, and hotel-crisp hand towels are a few other elements of polish you can add to any bath.
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