- Wood. Shelves, baskets, frames. These all add the texture and warmth of wood. Try to use wood in place of plastic for waste baskets and laundry hampers. Line an old basket with a canvas drop cloth to protect your clothes.
- Fabric. Add curtains to the windows. Use a beautiful shower curtain. If you have a shower stall, you might be able to add curtains to this. For an idea, check out Sarah's at Thrifty Decor Chick.
- Plants. If you're brave, and your thumb is green, go ahead and use real plants. If you're like me, go with artificial, just try to find realistic looking fake plants.
- Lamps. Adding a lamp to a bathroom elevates it to "real room" status. You know, instead of "functional closet" status. And you can't beat the soft light.
- Furniture. If you've got room, include a piece of furniture. A small dresser or bookshelf really adds character and warmth. Oh, yeah, and storage.
Oh! I forgot to put ART on the list. Not expensive stuff, mind you. Too much moisture in a bathroom for REAL art. I framed more leftover fabric and stenciled a "B" on some craft paper to update some 90's prints that were hanging here above the tub. I'd still LOVE to have some old chippy shelves to go in this spot, but haven't found anything yet.
Here's the corner with a plant that I got for free from my parents when they redecorated.
My "reinvented" tray holds necessities on the vanity, and a picture of my kids. I haven't found the perfect lamp yet either. A girl needs GOALS, right?
I spent NO MONEY this morning, just a little energy updating some stuff I already had. NOW I have to clean the bathroom. THAT will cost a little more. Energy, that is.
Link up those projects, my friends! I can't wait to see what you've been working on!