Remake Your Bathroom With New Accessories Remake Your Bathroom With New Accessories

You're sick of your bathroom. In fact, you've started looking into what it might cost to remodel the whole thing, and you've been fantasizing about laying a newly-tiled floor, converting the tub into a stall shower, and installing new cabinets. Then you calculated the cost and time involved, and you decided that you really couldn't stand living with the in-laws until next October.

That's a bit of an exaggeration, and it is not to say that a bathroom remodel won't lift your spirits or boost the selling price of your home. If you just want a brand-new look in your bathroom without going to the trouble and expense of a remodel, consider how easy and affordable it can be.

Color Design

First determine what color scheme and what style you'd like. You can choose something lush and verdant tropical colors, complete with a steam-loving ferns. You may want a Mediterranean look, with bright yellows, blues, and reds. Or you could opt for a classic black-and-white, with just a splash of red here or there.

In choosing the color scheme, you may want to consider the colors you now have. If your newest set of towels is maroon, let that guide you toward a color scheme, so you don't have to start completely from scratch. Likewise, if your tiles are a lovely shade of pink, you may consider accessories in a complementary color, no matter how badly you may want an orange chiffon shower curtain.

Let the Curtain Do the Talking

Begin building your new look with the shower curtain. A heavy cloth curtain will be more expensive, but it will also look better. Next best is a nylon or cotton curtain. Both come in a variety of styles and colors. Avoid curtains made entirely of plastic. They look cheap, and they don't wear well.

It may seem like fun to have a map of the world or a school of fish in the shower, but it will be hard to develop an entire design around this theme. Likewise, a clear shower curtain will just scream "tacky!"

Use the same guiding principals for the bath that you use for other rooms. If you have a multi-colored curtain, choose new towels and bathmats in colors that echo the scheme. You may find matching towels in the same store.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Interior Design

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