Five-And-a-Half Cost Effective Tips for Accessorizing Your Bathroom
BY DAN AUSTIN
In the movie Steel Magnolias, the character Clairee declares that,
"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability
to accessorize." Well -- she's right!
One room that can really benefit from a little freshening up is
the bathroom. By adding accents and accessories, we can make our
bathrooms more inviting.
Here are some cost effective solutions for accessorizing and revitalizing
Begin by picking a design theme or color scheme. (See tip number
five-and-a-half for further advice.) This narrows the focus and
will help you in the decision- making process.
Tip #1 -- Dry Colorfully If the color of your bathroom is monotone,
where everything is white -- walls, fixtures and counters -- changing
the towels can bring an entirely new look to the room. The selection
of towels to choose from is almost endless. There are vibrant, solid
colors for a bold accent. Printed or embroidered towels are available
in virtually any theme or style from traditional to tropical. Consider
purchasing a set of towels for seasonal use. You do not have to
purchase all new towels, just enough that to create a visual difference
between summer and winter. Two each of the bath towels, hand towels
and washcloths may be enough. For the year-round towels, select
neutral tones or solids that coordinate with your decor. For the
seasonal accent towels, select lighter, brighter colors and patterns
for summer and darker, richer tones and patterns for winter.
Tip #2 -- Dramatic Curtains Shower curtains are one of the most
dramatic accessories in the bathroom, and can change the room's
look instantly. As with towels, the colors and patterns of curtains
available seem virtually endless. To create a warmer, more refined
look, use fabric shower curtains with a printed or embroidered pattern.
Vinyl shower curtains tend to be less expensive. They provide a
more casual and sometimes whimsical tone to the bathroom like hula
girls and an underwater scene with brightly colored tropical fish.
Tip #3 -- Jazz It Up A bathroom "ensemble" typically includes a
waste can, boutique tissue holder, tumbler, toothbrush holder, soap
dish, lotion/soap dispenser and jar for incidental items. You do
not have to purchase the entire set to perk up a tired bathroom.
If you have limited space, consider just the waste can and tumbler.
When selecting a style, make sure it fits with the overall look
of the room. There are a number of styles to choose from -- modern,
traditional, whimsical and formal, as well as styles appropriate
for a children's bathroom. Finishes include metallic and materials
that mimic ceramic with patterns that range from floral to exotic.
Tip #4 -- Apply Yourself There is a relatively new product on the
market called Stick'n Stile that allows you to decorate your bathroom
tile and tub area without replacing your current bathroom tile.
What really makes this product unique, especially for those living
in apartments, is the fact that it is removable. Stick'n Stile adds
interest to tile walls by breaking up the space, and it is another
way to add color to the bathroom. Stick'n Stile is available in
a variety of patterns that coordinate with other bathroom accessories.
These design appliques can be applied safely to tile, shower doors
and mirrors as well as plastic and fiberglass tub surrounds. No
special adhesive is required. Simply peel off the paper backing
and press in place. They are "permanent" until you decide it's time
for them to go. Then, simply heat each tile with a hairdryer for
a few minutes and peel it off.
Tip # 5 -- Artistic Reflection Set the tone for the bathroom by
treating it like any other room in the house. Hang art on the walls,
or install a small shelf for displaying knickknacks or other treasured
items. Mirrors are a welcome addition in small bathrooms. A collection
of small mirrors finished in decorative frames adds glamour to your
bathroom. They also reflect light to make the space appear brighter
and larger. Use an odd number of small mirrors -- one, three, five
-- in combination with other artwork. Before hammering nails in
the wall, place all the items on the floor until you have the arrangement
you like. For the do-it-yourselfer, purchase decorative picture
frames and replace the glass with mirror. And remember -- mirrors
and pictures should be hung at eye level.
Tip #5 1/2 -- Make Peace For those living in apartments, accessorizing
a bathroom can be challenging, especially if you do not like the
existing colors. Don't work against what you've got, work with it.
The same can be said for those with a bathroom they don't like but
simply can not afford to remodel. What if you prefer bright accent
colors like candy-apple red, but have a bathroom filled with earth
tones? You may have to compromise, but there is a way to work with
the color scheme that is already there. Your favorite color probably
won't work, so try a red with some earthiness to it, like terracotta
or poppy. Find a color that pleases you that does not fight the
colors already there. Hang a piece of artwork that includes both
the colors you already have (but are not crazy about) but also includes
the accent colors you like.
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