There's no denying that bathroom renovations can be costly, which is why we needed to come up with a fresh batch of budget-friendly decor ideas that actually make a difference. Just because we can't splurge on the clawfoot tub of our dreams doesn't mean we can't give our bathrooms a major design upgrade. In effort to make fresh, stylish interiors a little more accessible, we're spotlighting twenty-eight cheap and chic bathroom styling tips and hacks. Keep reading for tons of bathroom decorating ideas on a budget of $100 or less that a look a lot more expensive.
Add a tree in the corner for a low-lift up0date that has a ton of transformative power. As seen in this bathroom designed by 2LG Studio, the palm leaf tree truly brings it to life.
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Picking one color and sticking to it will make things a lot a easier, and this tonal look is both on-trend and visually interesting (even—no, especially—if you go for something as simple as white). In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, even the faucet is painted white.
Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte White Paint, $17
One of the only ways to bring warmth into a bathroom with affordable decor is an area rug. It's also a fun way to add color, print, and texture. The fringe and pops of neon featured in this mostly-marble bathroom by Regan Baker Design is the perfect case study. A bath mat will do, too.
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Always remember that extra storage is your friend in a bathroom, where you'll want to tuck away unsightly essential. Eye-catching hardware, like the rose gold handle pulls in this space by Hecker Guthrie, make the cabinets look like a lot more expensive. And instead of installing custom marble countertops, you can just shop for an affordable marble tray to stack your items on.
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When you can't afford to renovate the bathroom, focus on minor additions that can make it feel a touch more elevated. Spending thousands on installing a new marble sink for example, may be out of the question, but a fancy soap for guests can do more good than you'd think, and it's a fraction of the cost. Aesop is always a good call, as seen in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke.
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This bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie proves that you don't need a huge space to make an impact, especially when plants are involved. Love plants but can't keep them alive or don't think the ones that eventually die are worth the money? There are actually some pretty great artificial plants and leaves that don't look totally fake, whether you display them together in a vase or bolster a bouquet of flowers with them.
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Adding a dash of metallic can make the bathroom feel a little fancier and more polished. Even something as nondescript as a catch-all or soap dish will do the trick, but we're partial that round stool in Leanne Ford's bathroom.
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Even something as simple as hanging a robe can make all the difference. As seen in this Arent & Pyke designed bathroom, it makes the space feel more lived in. The small Art Deco area rug also plays up the blue tones throughout while introducing pattern and a pop of coral.
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Leanne Ford is the master of reclaiming old items and making them feel brand new again, like the shelf, mirror, antique knick knacks in this bathroom. The schoolhouse-style sink fits in with the retro look while the fresh white paint and oversized dome pendant polish things off.
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Not only is it a good idea to keep wallpaper out of splashing range, but it can also cut your cost in half if you only buy enough for half the square footage. The white tiles in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke keep things feeling fresh while the wallpaper adds a little more personality.
BUY NOWWild Grass Removable Wallpaper, $40
Design firm Alexander DB softens up the large factory-style windows and gritty concrete floors in this industrial space with a plush area rug and striped hand towels. Though they're decidedly more bohemian, they fit in with the modern black tub and warehouse vibes because they stay within that monochrome palette.
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Give your walls some oomph and treat it like a canvas for your a collage project. Think vintage ads and magazine articles and a few records for some contrast. In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford, the vintage magazine scraps play up the retro feel of the tiles.
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Introduce extra storage space for your towels in style by leaning a wooden ladder against the wall. It brings in more dimension than a traditional wall shelf and looks more unique.
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The beauty of this bathroom sink area is that everything looks like it has a history, even the soap dish. While the oval hanging mirror and sink feel grounded and rustic, the sconces and gold faucet introduce a nice formal flair. You'd never guess these old fixtures came from the house of an old friend of the designer, Leanne Ford. "It's a perfect example of how things can look so different depending on where they live," she says.
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In this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts, our eye is immediately drawn to the pretty linen towels, marble hooks, hexagonal floor tiles, and whimsical floral wallpaper as opposed to the toilet paper. For a similar effect, make your toilet paper blend in or look cooler than it is with a wall-mounted holder.
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Another great way to introduce a ton of storage without having to drill into your walls for custom cabinetry and shelving is by sliding in a etagere, as done in this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts.
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You don't need a giant space to design a bathroom that stands out. Take notes from this one by Regan Bake Design. An accent wall with a classic toile pattern, a timeless mirror about a small sink, an artful hand towel, and a geometric light make this powder room feel complete.
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If your bathroom is tiny, clear clutter and add more surface space by installing a shelf above the toilet or right under the mirror and above the sink, as done in this space designed by Leanne Ford.
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A fun shower curtain with geometric shapes will spruce up a bathroom or play up existing tiles, as seen in this space designed by Studio DB.
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Don't overlook the details, like a a toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, and other catch-alls for thing like Q-tips, cotton pads, and more. Transferring those drugstore items from their original packaging makes the whole room look so much more put-together and beautiful. Even a toilet brush can be pretty!
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The turquoise tiles in this small bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts are balanced by a more natural rattan-framed mirror, while modern scones bring the look into the 21st century. See how the color makes those other items pop even more?
BUY NOW Project 62 x Leanne Ford Metal Sconce, $30
It's all in the details—by giving accents an offbeat twist, you'll make a big impact. For example, instead of hanging a mirror above the sink, consider displaying artwork instead (Pro tip: shopping for your artwork on eBay and Etsy or scouring flea markets is a lot more affordable). Then put your hand soap and lotion on a small elevated shelf above the sink and hang a single slim pendant light instead of flanking a sink area with sconces for a typical symmetrical vignette.
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Hanging a few fancy and colorful hand towels can brighten things up immensely and also elevate a space that feels rundown or outdated. These butterfly-print Missoni hand towels in a little girl's bathroom designed by Studio DB are the perfect example.
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A magazine rack and custom linen curtains are both beautiful finishing touches. And the contrast between the hyper realist, gritty photograph against the classic black and white striped wallpaper and glitzy chandelier create a nice juxtaposition in this Leanne Ford-designed space.
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Want a pop of a color in the bathroom? Transform a flea market find or dated family heirloom by sanding it and then repainting it a fun color. Bonus points if it's a dresser, armoire, or something else that provides extra storage. We love the chalky look of this painted armoire in the 2LG-designed bathroom.
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A tasteful wastebasket and matching tissue box cover will tighten up your bathroom nicely. We also love the removable wallpaper from Chasing Paper in this bathroom by Regan Baker Design. It's temporary, affordable, and delightfully whimsical.
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A high-end room fragrance will instantly elevate the overall feel of a powder room. In this bathroom designed by Catherine Kwong, she chose Byredo's classic yet intriguing scent, Gypsy Water. If you don't want to splurge on one of their home fragrances, opt for a candle instead—they're a little easier on the wallet.
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Instead of laying new tiles—which can be super expensive and time-consuming—consider using paint instead. Hand-painted details add a personal touch you can't get in many other ways. Get inspired by this graphic painted floor situation by Leanne Ford if you're not sure where to begin.
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