Create a New Bathroom for Under $50

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Some call it the second most important room in the house after the kitchen, but for many of us, it's the most important. The bathroom gets a lot of use, and having an attractive and well-designed space makes your daily routine much more pleasant.

Many of us live in houses with sorely outdated bathrooms. Remodeling costs are high; many homeowners lack the time and skill for such a project. You don't have to tear it up to improve it. Here are some easy and inexpensive ideas for updating your bathroom from some of the top deign websites in the country.

Buy New Towels

You don't have to buy a whole new set. Just buy a few hand towels or washcloths in a new shade that will complement your existing color scheme. Get a mix of colors or just a single shade. Try rolling them and keeping them in a basket for an attractive accent.

Add Tile Appliqués.

"Too often people think they are stuck with the tired old tiles in their bathrooms," says Todd Imholte, president of Environmental Graphics, a company that specializes in decorative products for the home. An easy fix is provided by Stick'n Stile decorative appliqués, which can be applied to bathroom surfaces such as tile, fiberglass, and mirrors.

They come in a fun array of shapes and sizes, from whimsical butterflies to contemporary geometric squares and tropical leaves. You can create your own design to fit any color scheme. The adhesive appliqués are easy to apply and remove.

Frame the Mirror

Decorate a plain mirror by creating a custom frame. Cut your choice of molding to fit the mirror and paint it in neutral colors or brushed gold and silver. Use liquid glue to attach the frame to the mirror.

Paint the Room

A new paint color is an easy way to update a room. Choosing a color that complements your existing tiles, but is a bit unexpected. For instance, if you have 1950s green tiles, try pale yellow. If you have black or white tiles, highlight them by painting the walls sage green. If you don't want to go beyond white, update your color with tone-on-tone neutrals like ecru, oyster, almond, or biscuit. Then add colorful touches with towels, soaps, and candles.

New Shower Curtain

For under $20, you can find a distinctive shower curtain with interesting hooks that will make a big difference in your bathroom. If the room is small, a clear shower curtain or one in the same color as your bathtub will create the illusion of a larger space.

New Medicine Cabinet

You can make a dramatic difference in your bathroom by replacing an old cabinet with a simple, wood-framed mirror. Once the mirror is in place, add a matching, free-standing storage unit or small table.

Change the Hardware

An easy way to alter the look of the room is to update details, such as drawer pulls, towel bars, shower controls, robe hooks, and soap holders. Splurge on a new faucet. If you just want to change a few things, mixing metals is perfectly acceptable.

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