How to Decorate Your Bathroom under $500

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Bathrooms are some of the most difficult rooms to renovate and decorate, particularly if you are on a budget. Usually, any visible change could only be made if you tear the walls down and replace the tiles, furniture, and faucets altogether – but luckily for people on a budget, there are several cheaper alternatives as well. Here is how you can make your bathroom look great on a budget.

  1. Use Tile Paint

Are you tired of staring at the same walls for the last couple of years, wishing you just had the money to tear down these tiles and put some new ones instead? Say you have classic light blue tiles and you want a full-black bathroom; what can you do in that regard? You can paint over them, of course. Nowadays, you can easily come across tile paint that can immediately change the color of your tiles.

  1. Put a Large Mirror with a Frame

Very often, people just get a frameless mirror and hang it over the wall. However, to give your bathroom an extra edge of class, you might want to hang a larger mirror with a pretty frame to match your bathroom color theme. You may save even more by framing an existent mirror. 

  1. Paint the Walls and Ombre Effect

Many people are shying away from experimenting, as they believe it’s going to be expensive. However, all you need is an accent wall, some paint, and the right brushes and sponges. For instance, you may paint a wall in a dark blue, and then use a sponge to make a light blue cloud effect starting at the bottom. 


Your bathroom will seem more relaxing this way. Plus, the effect is so versatile that you may use it in pretty much any type of bathroom. “It can be used in any setting — traditional or modern. The effect is subtle, so it’s hard to get tired of it,” Marina Goldberg from Kilma Design Group adds about ombre.

  1. Hang Some Wallpaper

Some might think that wallpaper is not a good idea for a bathroom, but technology today begs to differ. “Wallpaper has really transformed over the last decade. There are several new designers that have a variety of fresh and graphic designs and textures,” says Kimberly Schmunk of Focus Builders.

There are many choices for water-resistant wallpaper, but if you want to be on the safe side, simply stick it in areas that will not be in constant contact with the water. Some bathroom-designed wallpaper can even be stuck to the tile, and you won’t have to go through any expensive demolishing projects.

  1. Paint the Cabinets

Do you feel like you want new cabinets, but you do not have the funds to buy another set? Well, in that case, why don’t you paint over the old ones? If the cabinets are in good condition, all you need is some paint primer, colored paint, and a few brushes. Sure, it will take longer until the paint dries as opposed to buying a new set, but at least you won’t be breaking the bank to one-up your bathroom. 

  1. Change the Cabinet Hardware

Sometimes, even changing the hardware of your bathroom cabinets can help decorate the place on a budget. Let’s say that you found a nice set of well-kept vintage handles and you replace your boring handles with them. From that action alone, your bathroom will get a different vibe, visible from the moment you enter it. 

  1. Bring the Plants

If you thought that plants didn’t have a place in the bathroom, you were wrong. “Plant life in your bathroom adds warmth and fresh oxygen to spaces that can sometimes be sterile,” says Leaf and June interior plant designer, Lisa Muñoz. Plus, the big advantage here is that you can buy them small and allow them to grow – something that will save you a lot of money while helping your long-term decorating plans.

The Bottom Line

Decorating your bathroom should not be expensive. You just need to know the right tips and tricks to use. Hopefully, this suggestions from professionals gave you a few ideas on how to spruce up your bathroom design without breaking the bank.

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