We all have those restless moments when we want to do something different with the décor when the timing and budget just couldn’t be more wrong. Sometimes, however, you just need to do something different so that you don’t end up pulling your hair out. If you want to make some changes to your bathroom décor, but you’re on a strict budget, there are still some small and simple tweaks that you can perform to make your bathroom feel like it was given a significant upgrade. Upgrading the décor doesn’t always mean replacing the big hardware, like showers or vanities. Instead, you can choose to make simple decorative adjustments that will still change the room’s appearance and give it a new vibe without taking everything from your budget.

Repainting is one of the simplest and easiest ways to give your bathroom an upgrade.  When you paint, it doesn’t just have to be on the walls or other common painted areas. Consider painting your vanity a new color, repaint your floors if they are made of wood, or paint another piece of furniture in the bathroom. The new color along with the touch up will make your bathroom feel like a completely new room and it will be a big change with a small impact on your wallet.

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Invest in New Hardware
By hardware, we don’t mean all of the bathroom’s biggest appliances. Sometimes, some of the basics will do the trick. A new towel rack, toilet paper roller, soap dispenser, etc. will make the room feel enlivened. Changing the cabinet and vanity handles can also help to give the bathroom an upgrade. These things tend to look pretty dingy and rusty over time, so having some new hardware to replace them could ultimately become the upgrade your bathroom needed all along.

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Sometimes, the biggest deterrent in a bathroom is the amount of perceived clutter and mess. This is especially true of small bathrooms where storage is limited and additional storage may be either too costly or too impractical. If you have even the smallest room for additional storage, consider using old wooden crates for additional storage. These can not only make great small, compact storage bins, but they can also be a decorative and stylistic statement for your bathroom.

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These are just some of our favorite budget bathroom décor ideas, but you’re sure to find many more with a little bit of research and a lot of creativity. What changes have you made to your bathroom with a limited budget? What are your favorite bathroom décor DIY hacks? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below – we’d love to share your ideas!

When it comes to deciding on the material you’d like to use for your bathroom vanity countertops, you may be stuck at a crossroads. Both granite and marble are two of the most popular countertop materials for bathrooms, but how do you make that final decision when it comes to choosing one of them? As with everything, there are positive and negative aspects to consider with each material before making that final investment. Countertops are important because they add to both the function and décor of your bathroom, so it’s important to make sure you consider the impact of each material before making your final decision. Below, we’ve included some of the things you’ll want to consider if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place.

Marble is often viewed as a luxury item, and it’s not exclusive to countertops. The most contemporary and luxurious bathrooms make great use of marble, using it for walls, shower interiors, tub exteriors, and more. Marble is also slightly more expensive than granite. Marble starts at approximately $25 more per square inch than the cost of granite. Marble is less resistant to chips, scratches, and stains. If not cared for very carefully, marble will begin to show signs of wear and tear over the years, and it is difficult to restore pieces of the marble that are chipped or stained. Marble holds larger more spacious patterns and gives off that luxurious appearance that is often associated with this type of stone. Ultimately, marble may provide your bathroom with a more appealing design, but will be more costly and require a greater level of maintenance and overall care.

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Granite’s design differs from that of marble and it is easy to recognize by a few tell-tale signs. Granite has grains that are recognizable in specks throughout the material. The design is typically smaller and can include a multitude of colors such as blue, green, orange, pink and red. Granite is harder than marble so it is more durable and resistant to chips and scratches. Both granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids can penetrate the materials and leave permanent stains. However, with a seal, granite is ultimately more resistant to stains and can withstand water damage longer. Over the course of ownership, granite ultimately requires less maintenance than does marble. Furthermore, granite will save you about a quarter of the price of marble per square inch.

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When comes down to that final decision, it really just depends on your specific taste in the difference appearances between granite and marble, especially if you are trying to achieve a certain color pattern. Cost may also be a factor, especially for larger vanities and countertops. The last thing to consider is the maintenance that you are willing to put out for your bathroom countertop over its lifespan. If it will experience minimal to no use by adults exclusively, marble might be a great option; but if the countertops will experience frequent use by children or guests, granite might be the smarter choice.

Tile can be an effective and affordable way to spruce up your bathroom design. What’s great about tile is that it doesn’t only have to be used on the floor, but it can also be used for the walls, tubs, vanity countertops and more. Tile can be used for a whole floor renovation or it can be used to cover old and outdated materials that need replacing. Sometimes tile gets a bad rap; glossy wood floors and luxurious marble are seen as the materials of the contemporary style, but this idea comes from the idea of tile that was used in the bathrooms of the early 2000s, which now seem outdated and less than sophisticated. But tile can have a truly luxurious and transformative effect on bathrooms as long as it’s the right size and design. Check out some of our favorite tile designs below to get a head start on generating some tile ideas.

Tile the Walls
As we mentioned above, tile doesn’t have to be exclusive to floors. Some of the most attractive designs exist where tile is used to cover the walls of the bathroom, inside of the shower, etc. Most people expect tile to be on the floors if it’s going to be anywhere at all, so finding tile in creative patterns elsewhere is always a nice surprise that really adds to the overall décor of the bathroom.

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Unique Tile Patterns
Where tiled bathrooms exist, we are used to seeing some sort of rhythmic design, usually with blue and grey undertones that match our expectations for what a bathroom should look like. Another great way to use tile is to create your own unique design and don’t be afraid to break from the norm when laying down a new design. These unique tile pieces blend together to present a quilt-like pattern and add magnificent volume to this rustic-style bathroom design.

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Patterned Tile
Tile can be simple and blend together, it can be sporadic and create a free-form feel, or it can be highly symmetrical and create a unique and edgy pattern of its own. The type of tile you choose is entirely up to you, but if you enjoy form and symmetry we suggest searching for the design and pattern that is going to make your bathroom truly special and can be a focal point in the bathroom.

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Shower Interior
Even if tile isn’t your first choice for the flooring or walls, it can be a great solution for the shower interior of a walk-in unit or steam room. If your shower unit has glass doors or is visible from the rest of the bathroom, this can be a great way to make your whole bathroom feel like it has received a makeover while focusing your time and money on one simple area.

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What’s your personal take on tile in the bathroom, or even the rest of the house? Do you have tile in your home? Is it something that you would consider using for a renovation? If not, why not? If so, what is the design or structure you chose? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below!