Sprucing Up Your Bathroom: Without a Major Renovation

Don’t have the cash to spend thousands of dollars on a complete bathroom renovation? Don’t worry! Renovating an entire bathroom can be time-consuming in addition to wallet-straining, but there are a bunch of easy ways to make your bathroom seem like it has been totally refurbished… without the hassle and expense.

The Ugly Tub

If you don’t have the time or money to replace a nasty old tub, cover it up! Companies like bathfitter.com and others are ready to come to your house and cover that nasty old tub with an enclosure that will make your bathroom look brand new.

Fresh coat of paint

It is truly amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. Choose a bathroom color that will be serene and peaceful while you relax in the tub. Shades of cream, yellow, beige or sage green add an element of relaxation. Try painting the ceiling a pretty shade of sky blue to bring the great outdoors inside.

Towels & Rugs

A fresh set of towels and washcloths, including a dressy-looking fingertip towel for display will instantly give your bathroom a brand new feeling. Coordinate the towels with a new bath area rug or two and you’ll have an instant makeover! A fresh curtain can do wonders as well.


It’s the little things that can make a big difference in your freshened-up bathroom. A wicker or metal shelf featuring a key focal point like a hanging ivy plant or antique teapot add a whole new interest in the room. A new set of toothbrush holder, cup and soap dish can make the room feel brand new.

Light It Up

Candles are a must for the laid-back loo. Choose colors that match your towels or rugs, and scents that force you to breathe a sigh of relief. Turn out the light… there’s nothing like a candlelit bath to melt the stress of a hectic day.

You can even treat yourself to one of those wire bath shelves that go across the width of your claw foot tub and feature a book and wine glass holder. Don’t forget the CD playing softly in the background, and an inflatable pillow for your head. Bring on the chocolate truffles!

When redecorating your bathroom, be sure to visit homedecorators.com, which is a great one-stop-shopping resource for inexpensive yet elegant bathroom décor. Inexpensive bathroom pick-me-ups can also be found on lillianvernon.com. If you really want to splurge on the classiest bath accessories, visit restorationhardware.com.