ISSUE 48  |  Handmade in California

Five Quick Fixes: Remodeling Tips for the Bath

November 29, 2011 9:30 PM

BY Remodelista Team

A complete bathroom remodel can be an expensive and time-consuming proposition. If you don't have failing plumbing or decaying grout, perhaps a quick cosmetic overhaul is all you need. We've compiled our five favorite ways to give the bath a whole new look without having to start from scratch.

Above: 1. Paint the ceiling an unexpected shade: a deep blue or even black, for instance. A pitch-dark ceiling adds drama and emphasizes scale, as in this bathroom by Swedish designer Maliin Stoor. Image via Emma's Blogg.

Above: 2. Create a Shaker look by installing inexpensive beadboard paneling. Above, a bath in the Ten Broeck cottage in New York by Messana O'Rorke Architects.

Above: 3. For a quick refresh, change out faucets, cabinet pulls, or hooks. The Moen Iso Zinc Single Robe Hook in chrome has a simple elegance; $15.47 at Home Depot.

Above: 4. Change out the lighting for a new look. The Hotel Berge in Germany uses branches instead of the expected sconces; something to try if you have a DIY bent.

Above: 5. Add greenery to the space with a hanging plant, a staghead fern, or a collection of succulents. Tillandsias will flourish on the wall of a bathroom with good natural lighting. Flora Grubb Gardens' Thigmotrope Satellite Plant Hook is specifically designed for them; $40 for a set of three.

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