Bathroom Decorating Ideas Big Look For Little Cash
Bathroom decorating ideas, especially for small bathrooms, always seem to center around one big idea: once a homeowner rebuilds the bathroom, what does he do with it?
The question ought to be, however: why rebuild it in the first place? Most bathroom renovations, particularly if one installs new appliances such as sinks, toilets, tubs or showerheads, can run between $5K and $10K. If a homeowner has that kind of money to throw around in this economy, more power to him; however, most homeowners are content to keep the smallest, dullest and most utilitarian room in the house just as it is.
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The happy answer to all this is that small bathroom decorating ideas are exactly that, small, both in scope and in price, because from an aesthetic standpoint, the small stuff is what makes the difference. Every decorator who ever earned his business prestige award knows that a splash of color or a single change to a rooms look is a far more effective method of renovating than ripping out walls. The small stuff creates the adventure.
So what are some effective and small bathroom decorating ideas? To create an interesting, even artistic, look, not much is needed monetarily. A new furnishing just one makes the biggest difference. A new hardwood shelf just to the side of the mirror can be both artistic and aesthetically pleasing, especially if it holds a few personal trinkets (the waterproof ones) in addition to Dads razor.
Sometimes one larger piece makes a huge impact: a new set of wicker shelves perched just above the commode and filled with decorative odds and ends is an inexpensive and innovative way to give a tropical look to a room that usually gets pretty steamy anyway. The addition of one or two plants (a number of smaller tropical plants thrive on the steam in a water closet) completes the exotic appearance.
A new paint job is an alternative to a dull bathroom as well (and it achieves exactly the effect of knocking out and putting up new walls, for about $9500 less). A new moisture - resistant ceramic - surface paint job will run perhaps $500 for the paint, and another $500 or so for labor; one might want to avoid the labor charges, since its an afternoons work at most even if one is applying two coats, and no real do - i t - yourselfer passes up painting as a chance to redo a room.
An off - white, ivory or light beige paint gives a completely new palette to the bathroom; a recent hot look for decorators has been the two toned look. This is achieved by painting a darker border above the lighter hue, the dark border extending around the bathrooms length and coming down perhaps six inches from the ceiling. It takes a bit more time to measure and paint accurately, but it gives an amazing view when its finished.
Another great idea is new tile, laid not only on the floor but also on the tops of the walls (a three - dimensional two - tone, in other words) and around the sink and tub. Single decorative tiles are often set into the walls in European bathrooms in lieu of pictures, an elegant alternative to blank walls.
And finally, if all these ideas still sound too expensive, the absolute cheapest one out there that will enliven and completely change a bathrooms look is also the cheapest thing to buy: a new shower curtain. An unusual design, single warm hue or exotic pattern gives an entirely new look to a room that suddenly looks beautifully bright and inviting.
These are a few bathroom decorating ideas, all designed to make over a dull room without making over a homeowners budget.