How To Update Your Bathroom Without Renovation

Sometimes a full bathroom renovation isn't in the budget but that doesn't mean you have to live with an ugly bathroom! Here's how I turned this bland, contemporary bathroom into something a little more special without a single power tool.

 
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 Blandsville - someday the sconces, mirror and faucets will all go but for now....

Blandsville - someday the sconces, mirror and faucets will all go but for now....

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing offensive about this bathroom. I like the vanity and counter tops but the reality is that I didn't design it so it's not really 'me'. Whenever I want to quickly change the feeling of a space I add or update the rug. Adding a rug to your bathroom can make it feel like a complete room vs. just somewhere you 'go'. It gives the space some character and warmth. I chose a kilim from Rejuvination that has deep, warm colors. 

 Feeling way more like me already!

Feeling way more like me already!

Next we accessorize. I chose some cheap and cheerful small woven baskets from IKEA to add a natural texture (and to hide all the counter top mess that most bathrooms accumulate). A few dried eucalyptus branches add a touch of green but require no sun or maintenance. A great smelling candle and marble soap dispenser sit on top of agate slices for a little layering and more texture. Et voila! You've got an organized and styled countertop.

bathroom update by katie monkhouse
bathroom update by katie monkhouse

The final touch is my all-time favorite easy update: new hardware! Such a simple solution to updating cabinets and furniture. I found these really cool leather cabinet handles at IKEA but didn't love stainless steel hardware so I got these little black knobs to use with the leather.

 Gotta love IKEA

Gotta love IKEA

These are a natural leather so that will tan and will darken over time, which I love. The whole update cost roughly $300 and took about 30 minutes. Not. Too. Shabby.

 
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bathroom update by Katie Monkhouse

This little space feels so much more unique and customized. When I do get around to a larger update I plan on tiling from the sinks up to the ceiling with Heath Ceramics blue fog tile, replacing this giant mirror with two oval mirrors, removing the sconces from the sides and just having one awesome fixture in between the mirrors and, most importantly, new faucets in black. A girl can dream, right?

What are your thoughts on rugs in the bathroom? Yay or nay?