5 Budget Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

5 Budget Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

I've been living in a 2 bedroom home for the past two years and while the space has some wonderful features—hardwood floors! marble countertops! huge windows!—there are bits and pieces that leave a little to be desired. 

Dealing with a space that isn't your forever home can be frustrating. You don't want to invest the time and money into something that you won't live in forever, but at the same time, you want your space to feel like it's yours.

Whether you're renting or working with a small budget, here are a few affordable upgrades so you can make the most of your space:

Embrace what you're working with

I'm working with a windowless bathroom at the moment. Natural light in the bathroom wasn't something I identified as a must-have when I was house hunting, but now it's a must on my list. But rather than fight it, I'm working with the challenges that the space has given me. I swapped out the unflattering yellow bulbs for a much more natural hue and left the walls white to really open up the space. Though the bathroom is a bit narrow, I love the high ceilings and marble countertop. 

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Hand Cream—Grown Alchemist / Charcoal Toothbrush—Binchotan / Mirror—Amazon

Add some greenery

Plants can really liven up the most sterile of spaces. As I mentioned, I'm working with a windowless bathroom that doesn't get enough light to keep anything real alive. I've found some pretty convincing faux options and air plants that add some color and life to the room. 

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Potted Aloe Plants—Amazon / Artificial Fan Palm—Crate and Barrel / Eucalyptus Bundle—West Elm

Inject some personality

I'm a huge fan of a collected home. I love to add interesting objects and textures to my living spaces. While I'm saving up for my dream home, I've been gathering pieces that I know I'll take with me for years, like this wooden ladder from McGee and Co. that I've been using as extra storage. Even if it's just in the form of pretty product packaging (I'm a huge fan of Aesop products), adding things you love to the space makes it uniquely yours.

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Hand Wash—Grown Alchemist / Mint Julep Cup—Amazon / Turkish Hand Towel—Amazon

Texture, texture, texture

I'm not a huge fan of color, but an all-white space can read pretty boring. I like to add contrast with different textures, whether it's glass, rustic wood (like the ladder, above), chunky jute weaves, slate and more. I've been really into Moroccan rugs and patterns to add some interest to the space.

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Decorative Ladder—Amazon / Jute Rug—Amazon / Charcoal Toothbrush Holder—Amazon

Adorn the walls

Artwork can go a long way in personalizing the space. Because I don't have windows, I'm faking it with this print from Max Wanger shop. It helps fake the idea of an open space and being outdoors. You can find some affordable prints at shops like Urban Outfitters and Etsy or hit up a local thrift shop for more unique finds.

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Cactus Print—Amazon / Little Cactus Print—Minted for West Elm / "The Wait" Print—Max Wanger Shop

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—Olivia

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