Simple Ways to Jazz Up a Bathroom For Under $100

Shannon Quinn - February 17, 2020
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Matching bathroom accessories makes a big difference. Credit: West Elm

8. Buy a New Set of Matching Accessories

A lot of people have bathroom products and accessories that they collected over the years from their dorm room, inherited from their parents, or picked up at a thrift store. And when you move in together with a partner,  both of your items are going to get mixed together. The odds of having everything in the same matching color or aesthetic is slim to none. And yet most people continue to use these accessories, simply because it’s the cheapest option. This can be one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give yourself a quick, cheap bathroom makeover.

It doesn’t need to cost a lot to buy a stylish set of matching accessories. Credit: iDesign

Something as simple as buying a matching set of bathroom accessories can make a huge difference in how the room looks. And the great news is that there are plenty of affordable options for a complete set of bathroom accessories at Walmart, Ikea, and Target. Many of these products look so beautiful, you would never know that they came from. If you go with something neutral like solid black, guests might assume that you bought them at a high-end store like Pottery Barn. 

Try to use biodegradable products whenever possible. Credit: Pexels

7. Switch Over to Biodegradable Products

If you don’t have the budget to do a complete bathroom makeover, consider buying biodegradable products to replace what you already have. Bamboo toothbrushes are cheap and easy to find, even at places like Dollar Tree. These look like something out of a magazine oh, and they work just as well as a plastic toothbrush. There are also a lot of companies out there who are pioneering the industry by creating recycled packaging, like Love Beauty and Planet. Even toilet paper can be more environmentally friendly if you purchase bamboo paper instead of the white bleached rolls that you’re used to. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable and stylish. Credit: Pexels

When you have been buying the same products all your life, it can be difficult to switch over to something new. As the saying goes, “old habits die hard.” However, it’s important to make adjustments in your lifestyle towards sustainability if you want to help save the planet from climate change. Here at HomeAddict, we already have a full guide on How to Reduce Waste at Home. Be sure to check that out after reading this article.

In Europe, heated towel racks are in nearly every bathroom. Credit: Pexels

6. Upgrade Your Towel Rack

Throughout my life, I have seen a surprising number of people who live without a proper towel rack in their bathroom. They might make it by with a hook on the back of their door, or by throwing the towel over the shower rod. However, having a proper towel rack in the bathroom makes a huge difference, especially if you want your towels to dry so that you can reuse them one or two more times before washing them. It also helps to eliminate confusion when you have multiple people sharing the same bathroom. And by laying everything out with enough space, you’re reducing the chance that anything wet will grow mildew overnight. 

Sometimes, all you need is a really good towel rack. Credit: Pexels

When I visited England, one of my favorite things was their heated towel racks in every bathroom. It just makes so much sense. They get so hot, that they work almost like a radiator to keep the bathroom warm when the door is closed. And if your towels get wet, you know that the heat from the rack will be enough to get it bone-dry by morning. I even used them to dry my clothes on a rainy day. Here in the United States, we would need to buy an electric version of a heated towel rack. They range from $60 to $200 depending on the style and size. 

What is your morning routine like? Credit: Kaboom Pics

5. Figure Out How to Make Your Daily Routine More Streamlined

Sometimes, your bathroom doesn’t need to have a full makeover. It might just be that you’re craving better streamlined set up so that your daily routine is a lot easier to accomplish. Think about all of the things that you do in the morning when you get ready for work.  How easy or difficult is it for you to brush your teeth, do your hair, makeup, etc? Can you accomplish all of this in the bathroom, or do you need to have half of it done in the bedroom? If you’re in a relationship, have a conversation with your partner about what you could do to make the bathroom situation better.

Dry brushing is part of some women’s night time routine. Credit: Pexels

For some of you, the solution will become clear right away. Maybe it’s a new medicine cabinet with additional storage, or a vanity two sinks so that both of you can get ready at the same time. With projects like these, your $100 budget will be eating up right away. Just remember that it’s a lot better to have a more streamlined 13 than it is to have a fancy looking bathroom. There’s nothing worse than an aesthetically pleasing bathroom that’s actually terrible for practical use. 

This is a rustic farmhouse themed bathroom. Credit: Apartment Therapy

4. Give the Bathroom a Theme

Sometimes, people are at a loss as to where to start in their bathroom renovation. They might try to choose a color scheme oh, but that is often not enough to make it look really stylish. Some of the best bathroom makeovers I’ve ever seen started out with a theme. It could be 1920s Boudoir, Country Farmhouse, Minimalist, Victorian, Bohemian and the list goes on. Obviously, you should try to choose a theme that goes well with the rest of your home. If you’ve already designed your home in a certain aesthetic, it only makes sense to carry it through into the bathroom. 

This is a Little Mermaid themed bathroom. Credit: House Beautiful

With that being said, be careful of buying a bathroom theme that you find in the store. This is fine if you’re decorating a child’s bathroom in their favorite cartoon character products from Walmart. However, when you buy too many products that are matching from the bathroom section of a store, it takes creativity out of the design process. It’s okay to pick a few products from the same store that match, but don’t feel obligated to buy every single matching piece.

Some people like to drink a glass of wine in the bath. Credit: Pexels

3. Go For a Romantic, Relaxing Mood

You’re either a bath person or a shower person. Bathe people love to lay down and relax in the bathtub with some bubbles, a scented candle, a nice glass of wine, and a book. If this sounds like you, (or something that you aspire to do), try to keep that in mind when you’re redesigning your bathroom. It’s likely that there might be some kind of accessory or piece of furniture out there that would make it easier for you to relax with a bath. For example, you might want an end table that is the same height as the bathtub so that you can put down your wine and book. Or, you might want one of those wooden trays that goes across the bathtub. 

A lot of people like to relax with reading a book in the bath tub. Credit: Pexels

Lighting, color scheme, and accessories can all be molded around the mood that you want the room to be in. Darker sultry colors give you a more romantic and relaxed feeling. Obviously, this is perfect if you’re trying to wind down for the night. But if you would rather focus on feeling awake in the morning when you take your shower, it makes more sense to have bright, stimulating colors.

These shelf covers were made with contact paper and styrofoam boards. Credit: Do It On a Dime

2. Cover Bathroom Pantry Shelves

If you have a bathroom pantry or closet, chances are that it’s not a pretty sight.  This is especially true if you move into an apartment building that was built a long time ago. The shelving is usually made of particle board or metal wires, and you might be afraid to put too much on the shelf, for fear of it breaking. Wire shelving is also a huge pain, because it’s difficult to keep products standing upright. A very quick and easy way to upgrade your shelving is to use contact paper on a styrofoam board from the Dollar Tree. This can easily be removed when you’re getting ready to leave. Check out the video on Do It On a Dime to see the step-by-step instructions.

It may look like wood, but these are actually DIY covers with wood contact paper. Credit: The Martin Nest

The hack I just mentioned should only cost $2 to complete. This is perfect for renters who might only need to use those DIY shelves for one or two years. However, it’s not a great permanent solution to the problem. Some people might go the extra mile of upgrading their pantry shelving with real wood if they are the homeowner. This takes some carpentry skills, but it is relatively inexpensive, and totally satisfying once it’s done. And if you’re remodeling your own bathroom, you might also want to consider putting wallpaper in-between the shelves in the bathroom closet. This is a really clever way to sneak in a pop of color. 

This beaded chandelier looks beautiful, and makes a big difference for the design. Credit: Pexels

1. Hang a Statement Light Piece 

When you think about statement lighting pieces, the last place you would imagine putting one is in the bathroom. Admittedly, these can be expensive, and it would take up almost your entire $100 budget. Most people take their renovation budget and focus on lighting in the dining room or living room. While it’s true that these are the most important rooms to focus on, you might want to consider it for the bathroom, too. This is especially true if the bathroom has high ceilings, and you feel like there is something missing.

This outrageous light fixture goes well with the beautiful natural setting outside. Credit: Pexels

In the photos we provided, you can see how these statement light pieces really made a huge difference in the vibe of the room. Good lighting can completely make or break your experience when you’re having a bath, or getting ready in the morning. If you have a certain style in mind, take some time to go to discount houseware stores like Home Goods, Wayfair, and Overstock. You might be surprised to find a light fixture for an amazing price, with enough money leftover to do a second project. 

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