While much interior design emphasis is put on your living room and kitchen, your bathroom is also an important space in your home that is seen by your guests. Plus, it’s the spot in your home that you likely get ready for the day or take a hot bath after a long day at work. Your bathroom should reflect your personal style, just like any other room in your home. So, is it time for a bathroom revamp? Great bathroom design ideas don’t have to cost an arm and a leg…and, they don’t have to involve moving walls.

Here are six terrific bathroom design ideas that make the most of what you have using creative wall treatments, flea market finds, and creative bathroom colors.

bathroom design ideas1. Furniture Style Vanities

Make a sleek retro or stylish Victorian bathroom vanity out of an old desk, dresser, 60s stereo console…or, you fill in the blank. Find them at flea markets, yard sales, and second-hand stores. I look for ones with deep drawers and then use a jigsaw to cut out the sink template. Home improvement centers have stock stone counter-tops that work well with under-mount sinks. Paint your new vanity, stain it natural, or leave it as-is for a “distressed” hipster look.

2. Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…

Dump that old wall-to-wall mirror with the clips…they’re dated! Instead, hang smaller, framed mirrors over your sink. Many stores have these on the floor, in stock. Home improvement stores usually have various sizes to choose from, allowing you to arrange them as you’d like. For a more custom look, you can create a frame at a frame shop and buy a mirror to fit it at a glass store.

3. Accessorize

Add towel holders with metal finish to match bath fittings or cabinet pulls to boost both function and aesthetic. Then, to spice things up, treat yourself to new towels with accents of color. See our blog on how to add in color; it’s an easy upgrade that shows…and is so affordable.

4. Washable Wallpaper

Color, texture, pattern, and more can be yours with a coated wallpaper that’s easy to clean and can stand up to high humidity. Many of the thicker, textured papers can be installed right over a thick texture or older plaster wall with cracks without the imperfections showing through.

5. Lighting is Everything

Give your bathroom a boost with improved lighting. Good lighting makes the most out of your bathroom colors and lifts your mood, especially in the morning as you start your day. Install a light bar over the vanity sink for shaving and makeup, or add wall sconces on dimmers to set the mood for a relaxing soak. Match the finishes to the faucet for a cohesive look.

For an element of surprise, do something different: a vintage chandelier hanging from the ceiling is a bathroom design idea with a sophisticated grin.

6. Floor Matters

Install new pre-finished wood flooring or new inlaid vinyl floor-covering for a bathroom design idea that will make a big impact for a small investment. Because the floor area in most bathrooms is small, your material costs will be minuscule. For example, floor covering at $20 a square yard (square meter) for a 6 foot by 10 ft bathroom runs about $130 U.S. And, you can find great deals at half that price if you watch for them. New vinyl floors that don’t require adhesive are very doable for homeowners with basic skills.

Pre-finished wood flooring is comparable. It’s also relatively easy for the homeowner to install. Look for a weekend how-to workshop at your local home improvement center. If you’re installing pre-finished wood flooring, you will have to pry up the plywood or particle board underlayment first, or your toilet will sit too high when you re-seat it and then slowly leak around the drain flange.

I hope these bathroom design ideas have inspired you…I wanted to share something with you that you could put into action right away. If you have any questions or challenges, as you work out these or any of your own ideas, send them our way. The same holds true if you have a great quick and easy design idea for the bathroom or any part of the house.