Small Changes, Big Results

Can an entire room be “trash?”

Wait, don’t say no, you haven’t seen my house. At least not all of it, ‘cuz I only show you the parts I want you to see. (insert wicked laugh here)

I made a really big deal out of my master bedroom makeover, so some of you remember that. And, of course, if you don’t, I’ve included these links to the BEFORE and AFTER.

Although I love the finished bedroom, I’ve never updated the master bath. THIS is where we get to the trash part. Our master bathroom is functional, but not beautiful. I think it’s so important to add softness and texture to a bathroom, to balance all of the hard edges and slick surfaces, but I hadn’t actually done it. So today, I got started.

Here are FIVE EASY WAYS to add softness and texture to your bathroom:

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.

Here are some pictures of my master bathroom after a quick makeover with stuff I already had.

I used leftover fabric from the bedroom to “make”, and I use that term very LOOSELY, a valance for the window. No sewing or gluing this time. Just creative folding and upholstery tacks, ala the Nester. You can see the edge of our shower here, it’s not one I can add a curtain to, so the hard edges remain.

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.

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