How to Give Your Guest Bath a Refresh (And Stay On Budget)

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Living rooms and kitchens tend to soak up a home’s decor glory (and budget!), which can leave more utilitarian spaces feeling a bit incomplete. One such space is often the guest bathroom — a multipurpose room that typically needs to be welcoming for guests, functional for daily use, and act as a storage unit all in one.

Cluttered cabinets, drab decor, and an altogether underwhelming vibe doesn’t have to be the case for your guest bathroom. In fact, the small footprint of this space means you can pack a real punch without breaking the bank. Ahead, our top tips for giving your guest bath a refresh on a budget.

           1. Add a pop of paint.

Your space may not be conducive to a total repainting, but sometimes less is more anyway. Adding in a focal feature (besides the toilet or shower!) can ground the space and offer a bit more interest. Consider a single, bold feature wall, or give your vanity cabinets a fresh coat of color — the guest bath is the perfect place to have a little fun with your paint selection! A muted teal, splashy coral, or navy blue can all transform a small bathroom into something wow-worthy.blue bathroom color

           2. Replace your hardware.

Mismatched towel bars, vanity handles and drawer pulls, and faucets can make a small bathroom feel jumbled and unintentional. Updating your hardware can have a significant impact on the overall cohesiveness of your bathroom without ever having to replace anything major. Take years off your bathroom’s life by ditching the worn, tarnished knobs and upgrading to something more modern. Be sure to factor faucets and toilet flush handles into your budget, too!

           3. Swap the shower curtain.

This tip may seem super basic, but swapping out the shower curtain can instantly make a bathroom feel less dingy. It’s easy to settle for whatever was on hand when you moved in, only to look up years later and realize you never upgraded it to match the space. Best of all, shower curtains are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Plus, this is a great solution if you’re renting, updating the bathroom from a kids-zone to guest bath, or looking for a way to add color without painting. Take it all to the next level by replacing your hand towels in a coordinating color!

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           4. Frame your bathroom mirror.

For instant polish and a more put-together look, upgrade the vanity mirror. If you have a sheet mirror behind your bathroom vanity, adding a frame to the existing mirror is an affordable way to get a professionally designed look. Choose from 80+ frame styles and finishes with Add A Frame® for a fast, customized, easy-to-install end product. Think you’re better off replacing the mirror altogether? Peruse our selection of Decorative Framed Mirrors for a ready-to-hang option, or add a little extra light to the room with a sophisticated LED Lighted Mirror.

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