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Simple Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Bath


Bathroom white cabinets and green walls

Clear everything off the counters and start fresh.

You don't have to endure a whole bathroom remodel to enjoy a fresh look. If your bathroom feels dull and dingy, there are a number of things you can do in a day or a weekend to really perk things up.

Without spending a lot of money, you can freshen up your bathroom with organization, fresh color, updated lighting, and good accessories.

And every one of these ideas will help to really make a difference in the look and comfort of your bathroom.

Get Rid of Clutter

This first project won't cost a cent, but will yield great results. Take everything - yes, everything! - out of your drawers and cupboards, off counters, and out of the medicine cabinet or vanity. It should look the way it did when you moved in. Choose only the must-have's and find the most convenient place to put them. Anything that is not essential should go out. The point here is to get rid of anything that you don't really need. Read our article on organizing and storage tips for your bathroom for some great ideas.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Once you've decided what you cannot live without, decide what you need to get it organized. You can find great clear plastic boxes, bins, drawer dividers, and clear cosmetic bags for things out of sight. For items that will stay on the counter, find decorative storage items to enhance the decor.

Out - of - Sight Storage

Consider installing a plastic-coated, pull-out towel bar inside your bottom cabinet. It will be a great place to hang cleaning rags and damp washcloths or drying hosiery. Use turntables to minimize storage for tall bottles of hairspray, toothpaste, or shaving cream. See-through boxes and pull-out drawer units are handy.

Add Towel Bars

You really can't have too many towel bars in a bathroom! They'll discourage dumping used towels in a pile on the floor. If you have extra wall space, put one there. If you can have a towel bar for each member of the family, each person will know their towel is fresh and personal. Or consider hanging a bar behind the door or over the toilet. Be sure the bar is placed so that any towels will not hang over heating vents. Hotel-style towel racks are available in home improvement or bath decorating stores. The extra shelves they provide can display colorful, thirsty towels.

Hooks for Hanging

If you don't have enough room for another towel bar, how about a decorative hook or two for hanging a robe or towel Install it near the shower, on the back of the door, or near the sink. They won't take up a lot of space, but will still get things off the floor.

Add a Small Piece of Furniture

Even if your bathroom is small, you could probably find room for a small shelf or chest. A large bathroom could use the storage space offered by a cupboard or armoire. Even a small chair would come in handy! Any piece of furniture will help to soften the space of a utilitarian bathroom and add style, color, and warmth.

Freshen Up the Floor

A simple new colorful rug can work wonders! Or if the flooring is really bad, consider either covering it a with large cut-to-fit bathroom rug, peel-and-stick tiles, or even paint!

Organize a Cleaning Kit

Gather some bathroom cleaning supplies and store them together in a handled tote under a sink or in an upper cupboard. Get smaller size spray bottles if space is an issue. Install child-proof latches if you have small children in the home.

Add Color!

See this page on adding color to your bathroom, with projects you can do in a weekend.

See great lighting ideas on Page 3.

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