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February 17, 2012 > Ideas for a Mini Bathroom Makeover

Ideas for a Mini Bathroom Makeover

Is your bathroom in need of an update? There is a design solution for every budget. Before you begin, evaluate your needs and wants. Who will use this bathroom? What is the feeling you want to evoke? Do you want a luxurious spa bath or a whimsical, kid-friendly bath? Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Start with a new piece of art. Purchase a new art print, or "borrow" one from another room in your house. Think creatively about artwork-frame calendar photos, or your kids' paintings, or even greeting cards. Paint the walls, using a color from the artwork, and purchase new towels and accessories.

2. Paint the ceiling. If you want to try some vibrant color but are hesitant to paint all of the walls, paint the ceiling. Consider colors like lavender, red, or apple green. Be sure and bring in art and accessories that contain your ceiling color. It will look amazing.

3. As an alternative to paint, consider using wallpaper. Talk about dramatic! Cover one wall, or just the ceiling, or go ahead and cover all the walls. Choose a bold and dramatic pattern like a paisley or damask.

4. For a luxurious spa bath feeling, stick with neutrals-select creams, whites, grays and tans for wall colors and accessories. Outfit the bath with aromatic lotions, soaps and candles, and of course fluffy white towels.

5. Replace the light fixtures. Is there a ceiling light? For a romantic look, replace it with a small chandelier. Replace the outdated bar light with something more modern. The choices are endless.

6. Change your light switch to a dimmer switch. Imagine relaxing in the tub with the lights dimmed and candles lit.

7. Change the cabinet hardware. You can select whimsical knobs shaped like soccer balls or frogs, or glass knobs for a vintage look, cut crystal for an elegant look, and iron knobs for a rustic look.

8. Keep knickknacks to a minimum. Because of their size, bathrooms will just look cluttered and crowded with too many accessories. Less is more-display one large, beautiful vase on the counter. Or borrow a model home trick and fill a large glass container with bars of soap.

9. Update the towel bars and tissue holder. Again, there are so many choices, from traditional, to rustic, to modern. If you have chrome bath fixtures, nickel, Lucite, or chrome accessories will work well. If you have bronze fixtures, choose bronze towel bars.

10. Is there room in your budget for a new tile floor? There is an incredible variety many of materials and finishes available today. I recently finished a bathroom project where we used tile that looks just like hardwood for the flooring. It looks fabulous. In another bath, we used glass tile mosaic as a perimeter border, surrounding 12" x 12" tiles.

11. Add display space by mounting wall ledges or glass shelves on the wall above the toilet or towel bar. Prop or hang a piece of art, and add a bud vase of flowers and a candle.

Your new bath may become your favorite room in the house.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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