Advice From the National Kitchen and Bath Association on the Finishing Touches to Your Remodeled Bathroom

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, homeowners are far more interested in expressing their individuality and sense of style than they are in following current design or decorating trends, says Architectural Digest magazine. Once your dream bathroom has been completed by a design member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), use these quick tips to give your bath a unique look.

Choosing Decor

Add a simple detail, such as a picture rail or shelf along one wall to display framed prints or small collectibles such as perfume bottles. You can also fill antique bowls or shaving mugs with pretty toiletries, such as soaps or bath salts. If you have room, consider adding a wicker chair or table.

If your bathroom has a linen closet with a door, replace the door with a framed trellis or a reproduction of a Victorian screen door. Attach a beveled mirror to the wall over the sink and frame it with tiles. You can use a selection of mix-and-match tiles or try some colorful mosaics.


Add accent lighting such as a low-voltage strip of lights around the top edge of the wall tile. You can use lighting to draw attention to decorative wood beams on the ceiling. Another lighting trick is to line an entire wall with mirrored cabinets. They will make the room look significantly more open.

Colorwash Wood Cabinets.

Instead of paint, try a colored stain to revive wood cabinets or a vanity. Mix and match colors by using a light-colored stain for the background, then applying a brighter color to some of the drawers.

Add fresh flowers or flowering plants to the room. Seek out unusual vessels, such as wall vases, old watering cans, or window boxes to hold your favorite flora.