Updating your bathroom often takes a low priority, falling behind more visible and audience-friendly rooms like the living areas or kitchen. Because of its practicality, the bathroom is seldom referred to as chic or soothing, and is almost never included in the guided tour of the home. However, updating your bathroom with accessories can create a truly polished look, easing you into your morning routine and helping you wind back down at night.
We’ve chosen six of our favorite go-to bathroom accessories to add instant polish and elegance to your bathroom.
1. Swap Out the Mirror
In a room that encourages you to take a look at yourself, the mirror is one of the most important style decisions and makes a major impact on your bathroom’s overall style. Choosing a mirror that offers a bold touch or understated elegance can truly transform the area around it.
2. Add Storage
Instantly perk up your bathroom by banishing cluttered counter space. Choose bathroom storage accessories like wall-mounted towel bars, soap dishes and toothbrush holders in matching metals and designs to add some uniformity to the bathroom, while also keeping your styling tools stowed away.
3. Bring in a Stylish Bath Mat
Add a little designer oomph with a prettily printed area rug in lieu of the poly-acrylic blend mats of the past. A softly patterned rug is a happy alternative and feels great underfoot. Choose a style that is easy to maintain and won’t get ruined when wet.
4. Update Your Waste Basket
While not necessarily the most beautiful accessory, the waste basket is a crucial element for the bathroom. We like waste baskets that have a sleek and structural design with a lid for safe stowing. Choose a style that is pleasing to look at and easy to handle and clean.
5. Switch Your Cabinet Hardware
Adding new pulls, hinges, or knobs to your cabinetry is a great way to create a sophisticated look in your bathroom on a budget. With so many metals and finishes to choose from, the possibilities are endless. We love polished nickel and oil-brushed bronze for a subtle, glamorous update.
6. Refresh with Bright Lighting
Last but certainly not least, update your light fixtures with new vanity lighting. Make the most of your updated bathroom by giving it proper lighting using task lights, accent pendants and decorative lights for visual sparkle. Complement your new bright lights with beautiful flickering candles sprinkled throughout.
From a beautiful new mirror to fresh soap dispensers and towel bars to sparkling new lights, updating your bathroom with simple and sophisticated elements is easy to accomplish—and it won’t break the bank! In no time at all you will have achieved a perfectly polished powder room, fit to be the very first stop on your home tour.
Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Labs is an interior designer who likes to share tips for updating your bathroom. She offers great advice about how even a few small changes can make a big impact. Click here to see some great bathroom hardware and accessory options that Kerrie talks about in this article at The Home Depot.