If you are choosing a new bathroom design or decor, there are a few things to look for. You don't want your bathroom to look dated in ten or fifteen years, so choose a style that won't go out of fashion anytime soon. It's important to stick with a style and feel good about it, even if you don't have the money to carry it out entirely.
1. Lighting: Cheap fluorescent bathroom lighting can be a real downer: harsh, yellow, and unflattering, you'd be much better off with the soft, white light of street light fixtures, or a few new low wattage bulbs.
2. Sink: White porcelain is always a classic style. Even if you can afford to spend on only a couple of areas in your home, nothing is as classic as a clean pedestal sink.
3. Fixtures: You don't have to buy your fixtures brand new. There are lots of used antique fixtures on the market, that are cheaper than new ones. These can help you restore your bathroom to its original character. And if you're designing a bathroom for the first time your impact will be green by recycling old fixtures.
4. Mirror: Especially if your bathroom is small, you can make it look much bigger by adding a large mirror. This allows for more light and the appearance of a wider space.
5. Tile: Old dull tile can look new again when it's contrasted with a lighter color. Glossy white paint along with white linen shower curtains and a matching linen window treatment can make an old bathroom look new again. If you can afford to re-tile, nothing is as classic as white subway tile. If you want some color, cobalt is a great option.
6. Personality: Just because a bathroom is classic, doesn't mean it has to be boring; add a personal touch wherever you can.
7. Details: Hardware knobs and pulls for cabinet drawers or cupboards can make a big difference. On a budget you can balance the traditional whites with more modern (and less expensive) stainless steel Amerock cabinet knobs or Schaub hardware.
8. Luxury: A matching set of soft white towels is a great addition to any bathroom. So is a waterfall style shower head. These little items will round out your bathroom into a place where you enjoy spending time.
Whether you have $20,000 or $200 to spend, you can make a drastic difference in your bathroom by changing a few little things. There are ways to do more with less, and when you pay attention to the basics: lighting, textures, and cleanliness, everyone will be impressed. With these three bases covered, it doesn't matter how much money you have to spend on your bathroom, it will be attractive for years to come.