One of the biggest culprits that makes your bathroom look drab and dated is threadbare basics – towels, bathmats and shower curtains don't last forever, and if yours have seen better days it's time to replace anything that drags down the look of the room. Choose a hue that suits your paint color – if your bathroom is neutral (gray, beige or cream), think about choosing a shade that will stand out. Accessories that complement your color scheme can do a great job of breathing new life into your bathroom. We love these towels in a rich shade of plum from JC Penney (on sale for $34.88).
A countertop overflowing with cleansers, makeup, soaps and lotions can make your bathroom look messy even if you've just scrubbed and scoured. Clearing off the surface can instantly make the room look fresh and clean. Store overflow products you use every day in a rustic wooden bowl for a neutral and functional decor accessory -- and keep everything else in drawers or underneath the sink. Ensure any accessories (soap dispenser, toothbrush holder) you do keep on the counter are uniform in style to create a neat, clean look that doesn't distract the eye. The stoneware bath accessories from West Elm ($10 to $19) offer minimalist appeal for an affordable price.
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Think of your bathroom as your very own spa escape and add style elements that help create a soothing atmosphere. Try these simple spa-inspired decor tips.
Having ample storage will ensure your bathroom not only stays tidy, but looks great between cleanings. If you have kids, pick some pretty containers, add name tags and encourage each little one to put away his or her accessories to avoid constant countertop clutter. If you've got extra towels and nowhere to store them, think about painting an old stool a pretty, eye-popping shade, tucking it in a corner (if you have the space) and using it as a unique place to store neatly stacked towels. Your brightly painted stool also makes for a stylish spot to place a leafy plant if your bathroom gets adequate light. Lastly, you can easily add more storage space by installing a floating shelf above the toilet or on another spare wall. Line it with small uniform baskets like these from Ikea ($7.99) to store items you don't use often.
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