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5 Bathroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget

Updated on January 18, 2012

You visit your bathroom several times a day, shouldn't it be a nice experience?

Small bathrooms need love too! The average person sees the inside of their bathroom more often than their bedroom (because they're sleeping), yet it seems bedrooms get more attention when it comes to decorating. I say we fix that!

1) Hang a candle sconce on the wall for ambiance.

There's nothing like the ambient glow while soaking in the tub after a hard days work. Choose scented candles to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

2) Trade bathroom decorations with your friend.

People spend lots of money buying shower curtains, rugs, decorative trashcans, toothpaste holders and more simply because they're bored with the design. Oftentimes these items are still in great condition and gets stuffed in a closet or sold in a yard sale. Why not ask your friend to trade and help each other out?

3) Switch the medicine cabinet for a decorative mirror.

Removing the old medicine cabinet is usually easy as removing a couple of screws and pulling it out of the wall. The new mirror should be large enough to cover the hole. You'll be surprised how such an easy change will liven up a small space.

4) Use over the toilet shelving to replace your medicine cabinet.

Over the toilet cabinets range in price, but you can get one for as little as $30 brand new. They are more stylish than medicine cabinets and usually store much more. Several of them have at least one open shelf as well as a flat space on top. Place a few knickknacks or a decorative basket or two for your smaller items to fit in to add style. If there's enough clearance between the top shelf and the ceiling, consider placing a candle on top. Place your best towels on the shelf for added design.

5) Give them something to read and without wasting space and have fun.

Place a cork board or piece of plywood on the wall near the toilet. Wrap it in a solid color of wrapping paper. Each week clip your families favorite comics and place your favorite page on the board with thumbtacks.

Use your imagination and dress up the corners with tiny bows or flowers.


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      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      Injured Lamb - A show toilet. Cute! I'm so glad you liked the hub. It's because you use it several times a day that it should be great! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      I love this ~ "Small bathrooms need love too!"...Yes, you are so right. People tend to overlook the "love" for bathroom but focus on bedroom. I have a habit of decorating my bathroom and make it as if a show toilet even we do use it several times a day...thanks for the sharing Tams R, you have done a good job!

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      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks Vespawoolf! I'm glad you stopped by to read my ideas. I came up with the idea after watching a friend of mine put a bunch of really cool bathroom decorations in a yard sale. I told her she liked mine and I liked hers so let's trade. It looked better in my bathroom anyway...haha!

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      vespawoolf 6 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a good idea to trade bathroom decor with a friend!

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      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      Lucybell, I'm glad you enjoyed my ideas. One less boring bathroom, yayyyyy!

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      Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      You have some really good ideas. I never really think of decorating my bathroom. Now I think I may go with a theme of some kind.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Welcome to HubPages! You make a really good point about the "visits" to the bathroom daily. I really like the idea of the over the toilet cabinet.

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      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      It's a great place to leave a reminder note. Using a dry erase board works too. Glad you found it useful.

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      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      I'm glad you liked it. The glow is so relaxing esp when I put my radio on something soothing, I can spend forever in a bath.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Goodness, this is fabulous! I love the idea of a candle sconce in the bathroom. Mine is looking pretty sparse... I should consider this!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tips for decorating on a budget. I really like your idea of a cork board beside the toilet. I could use this when I come up with ideas for writing.

      Welcome to HubPages.