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Decorating the Bathroom

We spend so much time in the bathroom, and yet most of us neglect doing it up. Just because your bathroom is small, does not mean you cannot make it look good. Here are a few tips to help you redecorate your bathroom without spending a lot of money.

Eveyrone's bathroom can be segregated into three areas - the sink and mirror area, the toilet area, and the shower.


Go for neutral shades when selecting tiles for your bathroom. Although patterned tiles look good in a kitchen, they may not look overwhelming in a small bathroom, since the tiles will be all over the walls. If you like a particular pattern, use it as a border, and stick with soft shades.

Avoid using white tiles in a bathroom. They look sterile, and don't lend a lot of character to the bathroom. However, if your bathroom already has white tiles and you don't want to spend a packet re-tiling it, consider changing just the top row of tiles so as to make a border.


Mirrors look best when placed directly on the wall, instead of on a cabinet. Mirror cabinets or medicine cabinets make small bathrooms look even smaller, since they eat up a lot of space above the sink. If you have a small bathroom, let the mirror run almost along the entire breath, above the level of the sink. You don't need to frame the mirror - you could border it with tiles, or you could just leave it the way it is.


Don't let the sink stand by itself, unless it is a really fancy glass sink or something very plush. Make a cabinet under the sink, and let it run along the entire length of the mirror. Use the space inside the cabinet to place the waste paper basket, laundry basket, extra rolls of toilet paper, mops, toilet cleaners and so on. If you want more storage in the bathroom, you could have a few drawers built into the closet under the sink, or you could simply have semi-circular racks with railings attached to the inside of a slim door. This will give you more space than a drawer will.

Always separate the bathing area from the rest of the bathroom, no matter how small it is. If you don't, then every time you take a shower, the entire bathroom will get wet and dirty - everyone knows what happens when they step into a wet bathroom wearing shoes.

Separate the bathing area with a shower curtain or with a glass door. Needless to say, a shower curtain will be a lot less expensive. Go for a shower curtain that is white, that matches your tiles, or that is transparent.

Place a small wicker basket on the shelf besides the sink, in which you can place your make up, shaving creams, etc.


Place a towel rack above the pot or in the shower area. Let the towel rack be such that up can fold towels and place it on the rack, or you can hang wet towels to dry from little hooks. When expecting guests, roll up a few small hand towels, and place them in a small tray-like basket near the sink.


All you need is one small shelf near the bathing area, in which you can keep your soap, shampoo, conditioner etc, and one small shelf with flowers - and you're all set, with a beautiful, neat and functional bathroom.

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