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Decorating Ideas - Bathroom Décor on a Budget

Updated on July 1, 2017
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In my next life, I want to be an interior designer. I love decorating and home decor, taking on projects, and helping others do the same.

Decorate on a Budget!

A bathroom should be filled with light. Your bathroom is almost like a place to go to meditate; it’s where you go to cleanse and refresh or relax in a hot bath before retiring for the night. Bathroom remodeling usually surprises people at how expensive they can be, especially given the size of the room. Renovating a bathroom can be very expensive, but redecorating it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of low-cost ways to makeover your bathroom.

Many people associate their bathroom décor with the ocean or beach. A few simple accessories can bring memories of the beach and the ocean to your bathroom, and add a calming feel. Here are a few bathroom décor ideas that can be easy on your pocketbook, followed by some pictures to help inspire.

  • Paint is the most cost-effective way of affecting change to a space and the bathroom is no different.  Paint bathroom walls with a simple clean color like lemon yellow or pale blue.
  • If you’re replacing or adding tiles, don’t spend extra money on flashy handmade tiles; go neutral and plain so you can save money and end up with a neutral canvas for colorful accessories and towels.
  • Update a tired tub by installing new faucets – this touch can go a long way to changing the overall feel of the room.
  • If you have enough room above your sink area, hang a large old mirror with a new frame for charm.  If you already have a large mirror there, purchase some inexpensive molding, such as chair rail, and with a few simple miter cuts, frame out your mirror for a dramatic change.
  • If you’re looking to change out your bathroom vanity, try to find a dresser at an auction or flea market that has “good bones” and top it with piece of marble to create a unique vanity – this can cost a lot less than some ready-made vanities if you find a piece of furniture at a great price. 

  • Real stone flooring can be pricey, but you can achieve the same look with look-alike ceramic tiles, many of which are very affordable – not to mention easier to maintain than real stone.
  • Scour salvage yards for vintage sinks; this can save you a bundle versus purchasing a reproduction one.
  • To cut down on the time and expense of tile installation, purchase two-inch floor tiles in one-foot square sheets.
  • For budget decorating, creative repurposing is the key.  Enlist old gym locker or other baskets as bathroom storage; try hanging them on a wall.
  • Brighten a bathroom by hanging multiple mirrors on the walls.
  • Bring the outdoors in with a plant, or plants, to infuse color and life to a plain bathroom space.
  • In a small or narrow bathroom, hang a small mirror with an interesting frame above the sink and use an old bench or trunk to hold toiletries.
  • Create a unique decorative accent with a pretty mobile that you can make yourself using shells; hang it near a window.
  • Decorate windowsills with seashells and glass bottles filled with beach sand.
  • In summary, painting, replacing old fixtures such as faucets, choosing bright towels and bath rugs, and updating window treatments can go a long way to changing a hum-drum bathroom into a relaxing paradise.

If you liked these tips and want more, check out more budget decorating ideas for these rooms:  bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms. 

Pale blue walls gives a bathroom a clean feel (this is my bathroom.)
Pale blue walls gives a bathroom a clean feel (this is my bathroom.)
Neutral tones and ocean reminders makes for a serene decor.
Neutral tones and ocean reminders makes for a serene decor.
An old framed mirror can make a dramatic change to a bathroom.
An old framed mirror can make a dramatic change to a bathroom.
Another example of using old mirrors in a bathroom.
Another example of using old mirrors in a bathroom.
Repurposing a piece of furniture to use as a vanity adds unexpected character and beauty.
Repurposing a piece of furniture to use as a vanity adds unexpected character and beauty.
Scour salvage yards for vintage sinks.
Scour salvage yards for vintage sinks.
Save money and purchase ceramic tiles that look like stone rather than the real thing.
Save money and purchase ceramic tiles that look like stone rather than the real thing.
Here, baskets were hung on the wall for inexpensive and unexpected storage.
Here, baskets were hung on the wall for inexpensive and unexpected storage.

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks, Bishop55!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      I loved the old framed mirror idea, those are beautiful.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks MsFran! That is my favorite design style for sure! Thanks for the comment.

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      MsFran 7 years ago from Here and There, Everywhere

      Wow, i so love your beach décor designs.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you for visiting, Maita!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      This hub is beautiful, good advices and like you said I love this "mirror with a new frame for charm" I love that cos I am looking at myself smiling when I am washing my hands at the sink hehe. Thanks for this one, Awesome because I like the images too, Maita

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Steve - thanks for visiting and I do hope that some of my tips here help you! I've struggled to make the best of what I have until I can afford real a real re-do and I am finding that it doesn't take much. Adding the frame around the mirror, a nice light blue coat of paint, a couple of new faucets and new door and drawer hardware to the plain (ugly, cheap) laminate vanity and it's now "tolerable"...good luck to you!

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I'm a complete moron when it comes to decorating and saving money on revitalizing an area. I got some good ideas here. Thank you, I hope I can utilize some of your ideas to make a difference in our horrible bathroom.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks! I'm glad I could help in some small way. All of my bathrooms have large, almost wall to wall mirrors and I purchased inexpensive chair rail molding that's a dense foam (very lightweight) and already white. I made a few miter cuts and applied the strips all around the mirror with some liquid nails and - voila! - a whole new look.!

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      The paint trick works. I did it in my bathroom, which was very boring. A lot of your tips I have applied in there, all with stunning effects.

      But the mirror, oh my the mirror. I had a total mental block. You've shown a way out. Thanx.

      The pics want me to start re=doing the whole thing all over again. Beautiful bathrooms.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for an interesting hub with lots of great tips.