By Ginevra Pylant
Creating a uniquely designed space in your home doesn't have to be costly. Try these clever ideas for a creative look.
BathroomDecor Updates That Add Character to Your Home
1. Doctor's Orders
Add a healthy dose of pattern and color to the inside of your medicine cabinet. Remove the shelves, then use spray adhesive to line the back of the cabinet with craft paper or wallpaper scraps.
Spruce up a set of plain store-bought towels with custom trim. Select thick grosgrain ribbon that suits your style, then stitch it along the edges of your linens.
3. Bar None
Hang a peg rack or an assortment of coat hooks instead of a traditional towel bar. Or fashion simple, rustic hooks from sturdy branches with good angles. Use a fine-toothed saw to make clean cuts, sand the edges and drill two holes for mounting.
4. Waste Not
Repurpose everyday items into one-of-a-kind accessories: A galvanized metal bucket or ceramic planter is an unusual trash can, and screw-top jelly jars are cool catchalls for cottonballs, cotton swabs and bath salts.
5. Art Installation
Adhesive decals transform a blank wall into a striking mural. An alternative to wallpaper and stencils, they add graphic punch and are easily removable.
6. Environmentally Friendly
Treat the bathroom like any other room in the house by introducing natural elements such as a potted plant or fresh flowers.
7. Modest Beginnings
Off-the-shelf vanity cabinets get an extreme makeover with high-gloss paint. Go the whole hog or use painter's tape to outline a thin faux trim in a peppy hue.
8. Grand Entrance
Trade in your standard door for a vintage model. Scavenge salvage stores for one with interesting architectural details, then slap on a fresh coat of paint or leave it as is for a distressed, weathered appearance.
1. Fridge Facelift
Revamp outdated refrigerator with chalkboard paint. Apply coats of low-VOC primer two or three coats of chalkboard paint for a smooth, matte display tonight's menu, lists and evolving artwork.
2. Shady Business
Dress up windows with Roman shades. Choose a semi-sheer fabric that in light and reflects your personality and tastes-whether it's a simple stripe, punchy pattern faded floral.
3. Surprise Element
Sneak in something unexpected. If you've got a sleek, modern aesthetic, hang a rusty, paint-chipped chandelier for a dramatic juxtaposition. Same thing goes for traditional settings: A sculptural, industrial-inspired faucet makes a statement in a room filled with wooden cabinetry and molding.
4. Colorful Expression
Banish beige and experiment with lively color combinations like aqua and red. For a less dramatic scheme, select two shades next to each other on a paint chip. Use the darker one for cupboards and trim and the lighter one on walls, then bring in an accent color with easy-to-change accessories like towels or cookware.
5. Conversation Piece
Display a sentimental object in a prominent place. Choose something visually compelling with a great story behind it. It could be a vintage movie poster from your favorite flick, your grandmother's duck-shaped soup tureen or a tapestry brought back from abroad. Imparting a piece of yourself adds true character.
6. On the Flip Side
Pick a set of lower-level cabinet doors near your oven or sink and replace the current hardware with extra-long door pulls. Install them horizontally along the tops of the doors to show off a set of stylish dishtowels.
7. New Heights
The ceiling is a great place to get creative. Channel old-world charm with embossed tin panels or a rustic vibe with exposed wooden beams. For a quick and inexpensive treatment, paint the ceiling in a high-gloss color that casts a soft, reflective glow and creates the illusion of a lofty space.
8. Form Meets Function
Stop hiding your cookware! Mount a stainless-steel or wrought-iron rod on the wall space between the cabinets and the counter top, then use hooks to display utensils, colanders or other items with interesting shapes.
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