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Simple bathroom updates: Before and after

Ashley Phipps is an Interior Designer, NCIDQ #25242, living in the Indianapolis area. She is also the author, designer and creator of the blog Simply Designing. You can follow Ashley at her blog, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pin...

Old to new: simple updates

Updating your bathroom can be a daunting task, but a full remodel is not required to update your look and turn your bathroom into an amazing space! Here are a few ideas for simple bathroom updates.
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Faucets

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Lose the builder-grade faucets that came in your bathroom and upgrade to nice, stylish and unique faucets that suit your style. Take your time picking out a finish that suits your home and your style, but do not be afraid to use oil rubbed bronze hardware in your master bathroom even if your half bath has nickel hardware. Each bathroom can take on its own unique style and picking out great faucets are a simple, DIY update that are also inexpensive.

2

Mirrors

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Unframed mirrors can be a bit boring and predictable. Replace a standard unframed mirror with an upgraded wood framed bathroom mirror. You can match the finish to your existing cabinets for a more traditional look or choose a contrasting color for a more modern, chic or eclectic look. Or for a DIY option, you can frame in an existing unframed mirror using molding from a hardware store.

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Linens

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Replacing existing worn and (possibly) dated towels is probably the simplest way to instantly upgrade your bathroom! Be sure to pick a color that you love and a style that is purely you. And remember to purchase good quality, plush towels that are not only pretty to look at but will also be luxurious to use and will last a long time!

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Paint

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Ditch the too-bright or too-dark dated paint and freshen up your space with a new coat of paint! Take your time picking the perfect color and do not be afraid to paint a small test area on your wall to look at for a few weeks before committing to a color. Be sure to use a semi-gloss paint to maximize the longevity of the paint in your bathroom.

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Shower curtain

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Update a boring, plain shower curtain with something a little extra special! Take your time to find a fun color, pattern or style of shower curtain that you cannot live without. Also, consider purchasing an extra-long shower curtain to mount closer to the ceiling for a more elegant look. And if you have the space and ability, consider mounting your shower curtain on a pretty curtain rod instead of using a typical shower curtain tension rod.

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