7 Easy Bathroom Updates You Can Do This Weekend

Beth Stebner
7 Easy Bathroom Updates You Can Do This Weekend
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You already know what to get to seek refuge in your bathtub for the duration of winter. But what if your bathroom itself is, well, a little lackluster? It’s hardly worth spending time in the tub if you have to look at peeling paint, a gross shower curtain, or a room defunct of any life forms (save from that weird mold in the corner of the room).

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Luckily, it’s super easy to refresh your W.C. and transform it from post-Soviet to spa. A crisp white shower curtain can do the trick, and a gorgeous plush patterned towel can work wonders for adding texture and depth to the room. And—stick with us here—you can even introduce some plant life to your bathroom for a low-maintenance pop of color.

Ahead, seven smart ways to update your commode.


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Add a playful pop of color with an unexpected wallpaper design.

Photo: Lynne Scalo Design

A mod-ish print injects tons of personality into your bathroom.

Peonies Wallpaper, $35 per roll; at Chasing Paper

Adding a super luxurious Persian rug gives your home an old-world feel.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt for Amber Interior Design

Replacing a bath mat with a runner is genius for battling cold tiles in the winter.

Peshwar Runner, $900; at Safavieh

Add some (low-maintenance) plants to your shower for some instant color.

Photo: Luisa Brimble

You can snag a live plant at your local nursery, or go for a fake one if you have a black thumb (no judgment!).

Nearly Natural Philodendron, $39; at Wayfair

Sure, updating your bathroom could involve buying things, but it could just as easily be paring down on all of your many shampoo bottles and designer soaps. Try only keeping what you really need in the shower and tossing the rest.

Photo: ShareDesign

We can't think of a better bathroom refresh than a crisp white shower curtain with a little pop of color.

John Robshaw Iswar Shower Curtain, $161; at Neiman Marcus

A few well-edited beauty items like Chanel perfume or a Diptyque candle on a vanity tray is peak fashion girl.

Photo: Fusion House

This catchall has the added bonus of being super eye-catching.

Mike and Ally Audrey Glass Oval Vanity Tray, $220; at Bloomingdales

The most foolproof way of all to upgrade your powder room.

Coyuchi Diamond Jacquard Towels, $8–$24; at West Elm


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