Give Your Bathroom a Lift

Six tips for refreshing this space, without a lot of effort

Just because your bathroom is hard-working doesn’t mean it also has to be ho-hum. You can easily give this utilitarian space a new personality simply by focusing on the small details, which can make a big impact.

Want to breathe new life into your bathroom? Try these affordable DIY makeover ideas.


  1. Upgrade hardware. Swapping out dated cabinet knobs, towel bars and sink fixtures can give your bathroom a whole new look. 

  2. Add a little green. Plants bring texture and pops of color to a space—and many kinds, like asparagus ferns and spider plants, thrive in humid conditions. Don’t have a lot of natural sunlight? Look for low-light lovers, like philodendrons. 

  3. Consider a stool. If you have the space, a wooden or ceramic garden stool is a classy addition to any bathroom. Use it to hold a plant, candles or a stack of extra towels.

  4. Update your shower curtain and bath mat. Say goodbye to solids and make a splash with eye-catching patterns and designs.

  5. Replace that mirror on the wall. Add oomph by swapping out a boring mirror for something a little more glam. From sleek and frameless to ornate and beveled, you’re sure to find a look you’ll love.

  6. Use space efficiently. Installing a floating shelf or two gives you more surface space for jars of bath salts, cotton swabs, makeup and decorative accents. If you have room on the floor or back of your toilet, use a storage basket to hold toiletries or extra toilet paper. Or, lean a wooden ladder against the wall for a unique extra storage space for towels.

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