Nothing kills the look of a space more than a bunch of random objects strewn about. The bathroom counters can turn into the resting place for slivers of soap, prescription medicines, pocket change and other detritus. Streamline your look by creating systems for the items that accumulate. It is simple and easy to add small boxes to drawers to store disparate items such as bobby pins, sewing notions and doctors' instructions. You can add color by gift-wrapping these open boxes in bright shades. Small metal pots and pails are also ideal for storing objects, and these are pretty enough to place on open shelves. Avoid shopping in the cute bathroom section of home furnishing stores and aim for the garden and outdoors sections which features items in similar, sturdy materials.
The bathroom is typically home to four white walls. It is simple and cheap to add a splash of color by painting an accent wall. You can often buy cans of paint that were mixing "accidents" at paint stores. If covering a whole wall is too steep and investment, add color by painting the trim, door, baseboards or window frames a bright color. Jewel tones such as turquoise or jade look bold against typical bathroom neutrals of white or cream. You can also use a border of wallpaper or stencils to add visual pop to the bathroom. Vintage fabrics can add panache when used as trim on basic curtains and towels.
Invest in Accent Pieces
If you are going to spend a little money on the bathroom, try for something funky and interesting that can add a lot of personality and individual style. Maybe there are some towels in a vintage '60s paisley or some bright coral and seashells that could adorn the counter. The hardware store and thrift stores can be treasure troves of funky fixtures that can be repurposed to be used as hangers, hooks, curtain rods or wall art. Yard sales are the ideal domains for shabby chic tea cups that can hold cotton balls or cool, ornate frames with removable tacky paintings. Candles are another affordable and useful accessory that give a bathroom style. Place them in old blue bottles, mason jars or wine bottles.
Small bathrooms pose a special challenge when it comes to decorating. Space is already at a premium, and adding decorative touches often requires extra room. They key is to decorate the bathroom without taking up extra space.
Choose a color scheme for the room. Pastels or neutral colors make a small space look larger, but that doesn't mean it needs to be boring. Choose a light shade and accent it with a color that is a shade or two darker. Ice blue or green works well in a small bathroom.
Select a shower curtain with a small design or solid color that complements the walls. A fabric curtain gives a more luxurious appearance and provides depth to the room, while a plastic curtain creates a lighthearted, whimsical look.
Add a large mirror to reflect light and create the illusion of distance. This works especially well if the mirror reflects natural light from a window. Adding a full-length mirror to the door is not only practical, but it extends the size of the bathroom as well.
Replace the Hamper
Use a large basket to toss soiled towels into instead of a full-sized hamper. Be sure to purchase one with a lid to keep dirty laundry out of sight. Tucked into a tight corner, a basket is practical and saves space, too.