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Bathroom Decor for an Instant Room Refresh

Whether you’re in the middle of a bathroom remodel or you’re relying on decor alone to give your powder room an instant facelift, today’s post is for you. Sometimes a few new pieces and a quick switch of one key element (such as hardware) can do wonders to breathe new life into your space. From a textile update to a few countertop accessories, updated bathroom decor is the name of the game. Keep reading as we round up some our favorite finds and show you how a little bit of style can go a long way when it comes to a room refresh. [wooden bath caddy below from CB2]

Textile Style

Bring on the cushiness! Your powder room can be a quiet haven, especially when it’s time for a relaxing shower or bath at the end of a long day. There’s nothing like a fresh stack of towels to catapult your powder room into home spa territory! Whether you go with crisp white, bring in a bold color, or stick with neutral tones like the lovely dark gray of Zara Home’s Combed Cotton Towels, opt for comfort and coziness:

Stripes can evoke the laid-back feel of a breezy vacation, especially if tassels are there to trim your textiles. This Catania Fringe Hand Towel from CB2 may as well be hanging on the towel bar of your favorite resort. You’re welcome:

Also from CB2, the Karla Cement Shower Curtain brings serene stripes to the powder room and creates visual interest in your space. Channeling the look and feel of a Turkish towel, this beautiful essential was designed by Aelfie Oudghiri:

Light and refreshing is the name of the game when it comes to Urban Outfitters’ Esme Striped Gauze Shower Curtain. With enough substance to make a big statement but enough airiness to let the light in, this bathroom decor staple can’t help but channel a summery feel all year long:

Zara Home’s Bath Mat with Frame will put the perfect cottony cushion under your feet as you step out of the shower. A rectangular border brings hotel-style luxury to your space and can even help hide a less-than-desirable floor until you’re able to complete the bathroom remodel of your dreams.

Bring on the Baskets

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the middle of a major basket revival. From a storage perspective, this is exciting news, especially for those on a budget. You can find earthy baskets at any price, and there’s no better place to stash them than the powder room. Stylish and functional, they can also make a big statement, especially if you add tassels or pom poms. Below we see storage baskets from Xinh & Co., featured in the master bath of Studio DIY founder Kelly Mindell:

From H&M Home, this Jute Laundry Basket is over 2 feet tall. That’s a lot of basket for only $34.99! Use it to stash laundry, extra rolls of toilet paper, or anything else that you’d rather keep out of view:

This beautiful master bathroom update by A Beautiful Mess founder Elsie Larson features a stunning double sink, a double dose of wooden mirrors, and a quartet of earthy baskets for ample under-sink storage:

Row of storage baskets in a remodeled bathroom

Special Touches

When it’s all said and done, it’s the special touches that really stand out. Bathroom decor is about much more than shower curtains and towels. Functional elements such as hardware have serious upgrade potential. For example, switching out your standard silver towel bars with CB2’s White Marble Towel Bars can refresh your space and provide eye-catching additions to the room:

For an artful geo look, check out Urban Outfitters’ Hexagonal Towel Ring. With an unexpected shape that extends to both the wall plate and the towel holder, geometry can adorn your wall in an eye-catching display:

Speaking of hexagons, CB2’s Hex Knobs are a design favorite. And why wouldn’t they be?! Crafted from brass and available in six different finishes, there’s something for everyone here. Use them to upgrade cabinets and drawers, and prove that the smallest of details can take yesterday’s bathroom into the present.

Does this Darby Half Circle Wall Shelf from Urban Outfitters qualify as storage or wall art?! When the design is this interesting, it almost doesn’t matter! From foliage and candles to jewelry and cosmetics, no item is too insignificant to display here.

Have you considered upgrading the most functional of details? Even your toilet paper holder can be used to make a creative statement! Also from Urban Outfitters, the Corin Toilet Paper Holder is a simple yet striking blend of ceramic and wood. While the speckled cream version is featured here, the piece is also available in mint.

Countertop Decor

From the cabinets and walls to the counters, we now focus on surface-top bathroom decor that can elevate a space without creating a cluttered look. The key is making clever choices for items you need at arm’s length. From Zara Home, this Lined Cement Bathroom Set can hold all of your powder room essentials while creating a modern, unified look:

For purely decorative decor, planters and vases make wonderful additions to the bathroom. The best part is the burst of greenery they’ll hold, adding a breath of fresh air to your home haven in the process. If choosing real plants in a planter, make sure you opt for selections that will thrive in the amount of light your bathroom provides. Below we see a low marble planter from The Citizenry:

Need a close-up view when it’s time to check your makeup?! Zara Home’s Hand-Held Mirror is both beautifully designed and useful. Acacia wood is the featured material:

We hope today’s post has provided you with ample bathroom decor suggestions, from necessary options to special touches. As noted, no detail is too small when it comes to upgrading. Have fun, get creative, and choose items that enhance the aesthetic you desire for your space. Happy shopping!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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