If you’re dying for a real vacation right about now, we have good news—and bad news. While spring break might still be canceled, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the magical vibes of travel into your home with some fresh decor.
After scouring Instagram for the hottest looks, we’re here to bring you these top five favorites. From European-style lamps and vintage accents to tropical-colored tiles, these bathroom looks have a little something for every would-be traveler. Here are five trending decor styles from the ‘gram—plus all the details on how to steal the look.
1. Box-framed wall lights
You may not know this one by name, but you’ll certainly recognize the industrial-chic vibe of these wall lights from @houseofbeau13.
“This is a great example of a trend that started in outdoor decor and became a hugely popular style for all types of indoor lighting,” says Natasha Nicolaou of NatNico Designs.
“The materials have an industrial feel, yet the box frame is light and delicate enough to not be overwhelming in a small space,” continues Nicolaou. “This makes the box frame sconce perfect for adding just a touch of industrial style to a bathroom.”
Get the look: Give your polished powder room an old Europe vibe with these dark bronze-finish brass wall lanterns from The Home Depot.
2. Antique-style mirror
Nothing screams “WC” quite like an antique-styled mirror like this one from @_havensent_.
“This past year has seen homeowners going for more bold and playful design choices in bathrooms,” says Nicolaou. “Where there’s bold design, you will often find a gorgeous ornate gilt mirror.”
“The vintage gilt mirror is a trend we have seen pop up in every room of the house over the years, and it’s finally found its time to shine as the crown jewel in bathroom design,” she adds. “They add a vibe of glam and vintage style to a bohemian or industrial-style bathroom, and they fit right in with the playfulness and color that’s trending in bathroom tile and wallpaper.”
Get the look: Round off your bathroom’s playful vibes with this modern accent mirror from Wayfair.
3. Bold and beautiful shower tile
If your dream destination involves more palm trees than castles, you’re going to love this colorful shower tile from @thehouse.andme.
“Don’t be afraid to use a bright, bold tile in your shower,” says Daniel Javor of Next Luxury. “Just balance it with soft neutrals in the rest of the bathroom.
“Bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces, making them perfect for splurging on a bold tile that would be too overwhelming or expensive to use elsewhere,” he continues. “Color is influential on your mood and mental state—so choose a soothing blue or green, or even an energetic yellow, orange, or red.”
Get the look: Shop this Loft Mata Hari polished glass tile.
4. Extra-long medicine cabinet
Another thing we find ourselves missing these days are quirky hotel rooms. Switch up your bathroom mirror into something functional and fun with one of these XL medicine cabinets featured by @nziarko_.
“It’s about time this became a trend,” says Nicolaou. “I have no idea why we’ve put up with tiny little medicine cabinets and tiny little mirrors for so long, but I’m so happy with all the choices that are offered now.
“With storage space at a premium in the bathroom, these extra-long cabinets are the perfect answer for those of us with countless creams, lotions, and serums in need of stashing away—and who wouldn’t want a bigger mirror?” she asks. “The perfect combination of form and function, this is a trend that will stick around for a long time.”
Get the look: Upgrade your bathroom storage with one of these Searle surface-mount framed medicine cabinets from Wayfair.
5. Oval vessel sink
With space being of the essence, there’s no better solution to efficiency in a bathroom than one of these oval vessel sinks featured by @holzhausliebe.
“If you’re remodeling your bathroom, a vessel sink is a great choice because it’s stylish, easy to install, and gives your bathroom a contemporary look,” says Javor. “An oval shape is nice because it’s thinner, making it perfect for use in narrow bathrooms, and the long length also gives you more options with faucet placement.”
Get the look: Bring some contemporary space saving into your bathroom with this matte stone Wisteria oval vessel sink from The Home Depot.
Ty Pennington has renovated many homes to accommodate families who’ve suddenly grown in size, but the latest episode of HGTV’s “Ty Breaker” brings us into a particularly tough challenge because it involves a blended family with a teenager who really needs her own space.
In the episode “When Two Families Merge,” Grace Mitchell, star of “One of a Kind,” joins Pennington in Atlanta as he helps Courtney, a mom of three girls, and Spencer, a dad of two boys, merge their lives, “Brady Bunch”-style!
However, Courtney’s oldest daughter, 19-year-old Stormy, needs extra privacy if she’s going to enjoy living there. So it’s up to Pennington and Mitchell to turn the dirty garage attic into a great spot for this teen to get away. Plus, they have to pull double duty by updating the main house so that it works better for this big family, all for just $110,000.
Read on to find out how Pennington and Mitchell update these two spaces, which might inspire some changes around your own home, too.
Use light colors to make a space feel bigger
One of the biggest challenges in this attic renovation is making the space feel big enough for Stormy. While Pennington lifts up part of the roof to make more space, this room is still a tight fit.
So they decide to use lots of light colors in the design to make the space feel bright and open.
When it comes time to choose a backsplash, they choose a very light blue—almost white—to keep the space feeling bright. Plus, they arrange the tile vertically, bringing the eye up and giving the illusion of a higher ceiling.
“Running the tile like this will give some great verticality,” says Mitchell. “I mean you worked so hard to get that roof up.”
Give a bathroom extra color for a youthful look
Mitchell and Pennington don’t want to use a lot of color in Stormy’s apartment, but they also don’t want the space to look too plain.
So, after they install some white tile in the bathroom, Mitchell decides the space needs some youthful paint to brighten it up.
“I love how this tile turned out, but it was feeling a little bit sterile,” Mitchell tells Pennington. “So I thought, what if when you walk in here, it’s like an art piece on the wall?”
She adds some green, yellow, and peach to the wall, and Pennington loves it so much that he decides to add a stripe of coral in the middle as well.
With all the colors, this bathroom looks beautiful. It’s a perfect bathroom design for this teenage hideaway.
Make custom storage for your favorite items
Pennington wants to make sure Stormy feels comfortable in her new apartment, so he wants to customize this space to her tastes. As it turns out, Stormy loves video games, so Pennington decides to create a custom storage solution for her gaming gear.
“I’m going to make these custom sort of, like, cushion inlays,” he says. “They’ll all be, like, set right inside their own molds, like when you open a camera case and the items just fit exactly where the shape is.”
Having a personalized, organized space for video gaming is something that even the most organized homeowner might overlook. This may explain why it really makes an impression on Mitchell.
“I love how personalized this gaming drawer is,” Mitchell says, adding that it’s “not only going to be practical but really beautiful.”
Update a fireplace to freshen up a space
While Stormy gets a fabulous new apartment, Mitchell and Pennington know that the rest of the family deserve a little home refresh. So they plan to give the main living room a new look, starting with the fireplace.
“One project that packs a punch is refreshing the fireplace façade. It’s the focal point of the living room, so a little upgrade here goes a long way,” Pennington says.
Mitchell and Pennington choose an elegant blue tile to replace the brown tile, then they replace the mantel.
“We took out the old mantel because, to be honest with you, it was just a little dated,” Pennington explains.
Give the ceiling a makeover with grass cloth
While the new fireplace and some new furniture help make this living room look brand-new, Mitchell also wants to add some grass-cloth wallpaper to the coffered ceiling.
Grass-cloth wallpaper may have been a style staple in the 1960s and ’70s, but it’s making a comeback now for its unique look.
“Grass cloth, it has a really natural organic feel, but it brings a lot of warmth and texture to a room, which I feel like, with all the slick paneling, would really be a great contrast,” Mitchell says. “And putting wallpaper on the ceiling is something I love to do. It makes a room really unique.”
I don’t know about you, but for me, a bathroom goes well beyond its practical uses; within the past years, I’ve come to think about it as a sanctuary of sorts, that room of the house that’s dedicated to pampering, relaxing, and deconnecting — a place where I can enjoy some alone time and use that alone time to take care of my skin, hair, body, and mind.
And just like any other space in my house, the more beautiful my bathroom is, the more I can enjoy the time I spend in it. But re-designing a bathroom or remodeling it altogether is quite an investment. That’s why today we’re going to look at a few handy ways in which we can improve our bathroom’s design without having to spend a ton of money in the process. Here are some tips to help you maximize your bathroom’s function and style while saving money — both on the short and long run:
#1 Choose décor materials wisely
When designing your bathroom, one of the most important things to take into consideration is choosing the right materials. And I’m not talking about the tile (which we all know ceramic is the way to go); but rather furniture and appliances. Since this space is expected to be exposed to water, humidity, and moisture, it’s best to use waterproof materials for all furniture, décor items, and appliances.
For example, solid wood or plywood may not be a good choice for furniture, as it will likely warp and crack (and it can even lead to mold). Instead, a way better — and longer-lasting — choice would be PVC, which is extremely durable, completely waterproof and offers a great look and feel as well for bathroom cabinets. When buying blinds for your bathroom windows, choose waterproof blinds because they are stain and mold resistant, as well as fade-free. When picking appliances, make sure to avoid any metal that might rust, and preferably stay away from plastic; some of your best choices are brass, stainless steel, and zinc (or zinc alloys), as they stand the test of time and add a note of style to your bathroom.
Overall, focus on materials that can withstand humidity and water. This way, you don’t have to spend money replacing them and you can rest assured that your bathroom will maintain its clean and brand-new look over the years.
#2 Widen and brighten your space with mirrors
Instead of adding a skylight or a new window to brighten a rather gloomy bathroom (which would call for a pricy renovation), consider using a large mirror, re-painting your walls in a light color, or adding extra light fixtures. These can all help create the illusion of space, making your bathroom look wider and brighter. Obviously, this technique is much more affordable than having to install an additional window to your bathroom space and you’d be surprised at how much of a difference adding a large mirror can make.
If you feel like you don’t have the space to add an additional mirror to your bathroom, consider replacing the mirror above your vanity with a far larger one. Bonus tip: choosing an unusual shape or a unique frame for the vanity mirror (like the one in the image below) can give an impressive look to your bathroom, and act as the centerpiece of the room.
#3 Update by regrouting
If you’re looking to update your bathroom quickly and on a tight budget, consider replacing the existing tile grout. Regrouting is a two-step manual process by which you first remove the hardened old grout from the seams, or joints, between the tiles in your bathroom, then apply fresh new grout to make it seem like you have just installed your tiles (here’s a full walkthrough of the process). You’d be surprised how big of a difference this fairly simple update can make — especially since tiles rarely show signs of wear and tear, but the grout’s initial color fades away, and often gives a sense that it’s dirty, discolored and old.
This idea works best if the tiles in your space are still in great shape, that is, they don’t have cracks or missing pieces. Although it may take a bit of work, it’s surely faster and cheaper than a major bathroom overhaul. Fresh grout will make the tiled area look brand new, and you can even apply a new grout color to make a more dramatic change to your bathroom.
#4 Get creative with designer tiles
Now, if you’re looking to add a splash of sophistication to your shower or bathroom tiles, but don’t have the budget to splurge on designer tiles, there’s a super easy trick you can turn to: use regular, budget friendly tiles across the walls of your bathroom, then add a pop of design and color in a small area using more expensive designer tiles.
Or, you can keep it simple and use classic tiles, but arrange them in an unusual pattern or install them at an angle to create an eye-catching effect. If you’re looking for the maximum effect, create an accent wall (preferably right where either the shower or bathroom vanity go, to highlight that space), like the one pictured below. It won’t cost as much as replacing all of your bathroom tiles, but will definitely give your space a great, updated look.
#5 Try to avoid current trends
We all like to think that we’re aligned with the latest trends and fads. But the truth of the matter is, the best way to waste money is to follow fads that in a couple of years will seem so outdated that you’ll feel the need to renovate your bathroom all over again. You can make your design last way longer if you’ll use natural finishes and neutral colors.
Classics also tend to be considerably less expensive than their trending counterparts, and they’re much more likely to stand the test of time. See below for a marble-themed bathroom that was all the rage a few years back, but that seems a little out of place in the more minimalist-inclined era that we live in today.
#6 Use traditional finishes
This goes hand in hand with our last point: using fancy fixtures and embellishments on your faucets and cabinet hardware may seem like a good way to add some personality, but they can turn out to be rather costly without having the desired effect over the years. These kinds of fixtures are pricier than standard ones and their unusual colors, trimmings, and shapes can be more difficult to match with the rest of the décor — and limit any improvements you might decide to make in the near future.
Because of this, you may be forced to buy new coordinating pieces, too. However, if you’ll stick with traditional finishes, it will be simpler for you to create a cohesive look while still sticking to your budget.
#7 Re-use old furniture to create a unique look
If you have an old desk, table, dresser, or TV stand, consider using it in your bathroom (provided it can withstand humidity and isn’t easily prone to water damage, as we’ve stated above). Repurposing old furniture will give you a chance to show your personality while adding much-needed bathroom storage. Consider doing this as a DIY project, which can help you save money while also being earth-friendly.
Not sure how to fit old furniture with your bathroom décor? Repurposing doesn’t mean using the piece of furniture in the same way it was intended by its makers; so you can get as creative as you want, by say turning an old desk into a vanity, parts of a table into shelves, an old painting frame into a mirror frame, you name it. See below for a great example of how this stunning bathroom with matching his and hers vanities uses old crates to frame the bathtub.
#8 Refinish rather than replace
Replacing bathroom elements will usually require removing or replacing plumbing fixtures, which comes with additional costs. It can also involve construction changes, demolition work, and new installation. Before deciding on replacing any of these fixtures, determine if they really need replacement. If you’re replacing them for aesthetic reasons, you might have the option to refinish them instead of replacing them altogether.
For example, you can refinish your old tub with a nice-looking, protective coating instead of completely replacing it. You can also paint your cabinet anew instead of purchasing a new one — and you can even get creative with the color you use. Check out this elegant bathroom below, whose owners chose to refinish the bathtub and paint it in a slight pinkish hue. Isn’t it just lovely?
The bathroom is one part of the house that needs some upgrading every now and then, and said upgrades can turn out to be quite expensive. However, with some rather small, but well-thought changes, you can spruce up your bathroom design without spending a pretty penny. And if our suggestions are not to your liking, there’s tons of helpful resources out there that can give you some great ideas to get you started.
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