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5 Bathroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget


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Make Surfaces Sing
Maybe you can't afford such fancy fixtures, but check out the effect of those bright walls. Paint is cheap!
Maybe you can't afford such fancy fixtures, but check out the effect of those bright walls. Paint is cheap!
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If you've dreamed, but not yet dared, to make really bold decorating choices (like painting your living room walls chartreuse), it's time to make your move. Mon petit washroom awaits your wildest wishes. Because of its minimal square footage, a bathroom can handle colors and textures that would overwhelm larger spaces.

Even if you splurge on a gallon of high-end, mildew-inhibiting paint, it will only cost about $25 and it will cover about 350 square feet, which is more than enough paint for most bathrooms [source: Hamilton]. Top off freshly coated walls with vinyl wall stickers featuring you favorite shapes or inspirational sayings, which can be as quirky ("get naked") or as sophisticated (geometric, abstract bamboo) as you'd like. You can use these types of decals on unexpected surfaces, too, such as the tub or toilet. These vinyl stickers cost $10 or more, and can be purchased at home décor and improvement stores and from independent online retailers like those at Etsy, which will often accommodate custom requests at no extra charge.

Take your bathroom's ceiling from white to wow by continuing the wall color onto this often-overlooked fifth wall [source: Daniel]. If you're feeling adventurous, for about $10 you can apply a roll of textured and paintable wallpaper to the ceiling and then paint it to look like an antique tin ceiling. For a modern look, opt for textured wallpaper featuring an abstract design or apply a vinyl mural. You'll want to pat yourself on the back every time to look up while lounging in the tub.


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