50 Affordable Ways to Update Any Bathroom Decor

Do you feel like your bathroom decor could need some help? Are you looking for inexpensive bathroom decor ideas? Whether your bathroom is old or new, there are some very inexpensive ways to update any bathroom. Why not see what you can do to improve your bathroom decor without breaking the bank.

Why is decoration important?

Decoration in a home can be life enhancing. Certain colors can affect your mood, textures and accessories can alter the way you feel about certain areas. It can make dinner parties more fun, talking to friends more relaxing,

What is good decor to put in the bathroom?

There are many different types of decor you can add to your bathroom. In addition to decorative mirrors, stylish sinks and faucets you can add some really nice decorative elements including curtains and window treatments. Add wall decor as well as wall treatments such as board and batten and beadboard accent walls. The hardware in your bathroom can be considered a decorative element as well. Rugs, wall art, decorative towels and more. There are a ton of affordable ways to decorate any bathroom.

Sometimes we feel like if we decide to tackle a bathroom project, that we have to eat the whole elephant all at once. Have you heard that phrase? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. 

If you are looking too create a dream bathroom, then maybe you are planning to eat the whole elephant and do a full remodel. But with building costs at an all time high, sometimes doing small more realistic updates is the key.

Now, tackling a whole bathroom renovation project can seem daunting, time consuming, inconvenient, and expensive! I know. I have done a few. When I did a complete master bathroom remodel, it was a whole elephant, and I felt like I was eating the whole dang thing all at once!

If only we could all be able to create our dream bathrooms, with the perfect bathroom accessories and bathroom decor ideas! If we were all experts at bathroom interior design, wouldn’t that be just dandy?  

I have found so many sources for bathroom decor ideas, and obviously I love to peruse Pinterest, and other design sites like Houzz. And sometimes seeing those beautiful bathroom layouts, with their incredible finishes and bathroom accessories can make you feel a little inadequate. But that does not have to be the case. There are easy solutions that can get more life out of a drab or unfriendly bathroom, and they are easier and less expensive than you think.

What about a powder room? Do you have a small space such as a half bath that could use an update? I did just that when I updated my entry powder room.  The changes were small but they made a large impact.

And what about my boys bathroom? I transformed the entire space for under 100 dollars! Can you believe that? There is proof that these inexpensive bathroom ideas work!

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I want to take you on a journey, instead of just telling you what to do, I want to show you how I used these methods to update one of our bathrooms. I hope by now, you know I don’t mess around.

 I wanted something that would be good for both girls and boys. A more neutral pallet is what I was looking for. Their bathroom used to be very gender specific and had bright blue and green accents that I had used when the kids were small. But they had outgrown it.

This bathroom needed to be update, check out how 5 simple steps comepletely changed this bathroom decor.

Affordable Bathroom Decor Tips

  • Repaint
  • Add Fresh Towels
  • New rugs
  • New Shower Curtain
  • Replace Sink Faucet
  • Add accessories

Now having a teenager in the house, I thought it time to give it a more grown up look. This look is grown up and also fits my homes decor. Check out the 5 things I did to change this bathroom without breaking the bank.

15 inexpensive ways to update your bathroom decor:


Paint is the easiest and most effective and dramatic way to update bathroom decor without breaking the budget. A gallon of paint can range anywhere from 20-50 dollars depending on the quality of the paint. I would recommend using a good quality paint, since you will get more for your money. Generally a good quality paint will have better coverage and go on better. I cannot say enough about how much just a coat of paint can completely transform a space.

I love white walls in a bathroom. Its a blank slate that you can draw inspiration from and add color or keep simple and neutral. Whatever energy you are wanting to add to your bathroom, you can get by adding a simple coat of paint.

There are so many different color palettes, from dark colors to simply white. The choice you make can make the biggest impact.

In a small bathroom, using paint is a great way to add interest to a space or make it look larger depending on the color that you use.

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You can see that I painted the upper walls white to brighten up the room. There are no windows, which means no natural light….so it needed a fresh coat of paint in my opinion. But, you so not have to use white paint to update your bathroom. You can use whatever you want.

Even if you have an ugly tile, or maybe a vintage pink or green tile you don’t love and want to do something about it, by adding a complimentary color or lightening up the space with a neutral color, you can add some style to the space without tearing the whole thing out. You can get more mileage from it this way.


There are so many great shelving options that can be added to bathrooms for storage or decoration. A good set of shelving can give you plenty of storage space, especially if you use decorative baskets


This isnt your grandmas wallpaper. There are so many stylish options to choose from with gorgeous patterns and designs. You could install wallpaper on one wall as an accent wall. I would highly recommend looking into some wallpaper options.

Shower curtain

This may seem obvious but changing out a dingy shower curtain for a more stylish one can be a great way to update your bathroom accessories and bathroom decor while staying in budget. Can you believe I found this black and white shower curtain at Walmart? It is easy to find shower curtains in your color scheme.

SHower curtains are a great way to conceal a tub or shower. However if you have a gorgeous freestanding bathtub, please do not cover it with a shower curtain, whatever you do!

New towels, a new white and black tribal inspired shower curtain, and a few other simple bathroom decor ideas can completely transform a space.

They have definitely upped their game and are bringing some pretty great products to their stores. You can find so many different options for shower curtains and they are a great way to update drab bathroom decor. I also did this in my boys bathroom. A super cute shower curtain can really change the look of the whole room.

Check out these great shower curtain options:

Towel Bar / Towel Racks

Adding a stylish new towel bar is a great way to update a bathroom without having to spend a ton of money. There are so many unique styles available.

Towel hooks

Believe it or not, simple bathroom accessories are important to the overall look of a space. Adding a decorative towel hook can add style to a bland bathroom. You can find nice pieces to hang your hand towels as well as other bath linens. Sometimes by adding focus to other parts of the bathroom can take the focus away from the parts that may not be so pretty. I create this simple peg towel hook rack the same way that I did my new entry peg hat rack

Fresh, new, white towels can totally change the bathroom decor in your home.

If you aren’t interested in a DIY project check out whats available online or in stores. There are so many inexpensive options out there to choose from.  

Here are some towel hooks that I love:


New Bath Towels

I cannot say enough about what new towels will do to a space. A fresh set of white towels can brighten any space. New towels instantly brighten up a bathroom.  Bathroom decor does not have to be elaborate and costly.

Create an easy DIY peg towel rack to hang your towels on!
Mrs Meyer hand soap and a tribal inspired hand towel added so much to the bathroom decor in this simple kids bathroom. A little greenery never hurt either!

I love to display my towels on my open shelves or over a towel rod. If you can find a towel with some texture or design that can be even better. Believe it or not, I love buying my towels at Walmart, and all the towels in my bathroom images are from Walmart. They ribbed towels are wonderful quality. And with a bunch of kids, primarily boys, it gives me a little peace knowing I don’t have to panic every time they use one or ruin one.

Here are some of my favorite towels:

New Rug

Just like new towels, a new rug can totally transform your bathroom decor. You can choose a bright patterned design, simple white bath mats, or a jute rug.  I often change out my rugs in my bathrooms since I think they get the most wear and tear, they need to be replaced more often. A bath rug can instantly soften the space, and are so comfortable under foot.

Check out some of these rugs that I have picked out:

Wall Art

Adding new bathroom art is a great way to update a bathroom. You can add a pop of color with a bright piece of artwork, or create a fresh look with something serene and calming. Adding wall decor is a great finishing touch to a bathroom. You can find an unframed print and frame and style it yourself. Also, a cute bathroom sign would be a fun addition. Bathroom wall decor can be subjective to your own bathrooms style.

Toilet Paper Holder

Just like you can add a new towel holder, a new toilet paper holder is key too. You can purchase a matching set and usually it is more affordable to do it this way.

Drawer Pulls

Sometimes even updating the drawer and cabinet pulls on your cabinets can completely change and update a space. Some great options for finishes are brass, gold, chrome and oil rubbed bronze,

Window Treatments

Update your bathrooms windows (if you have them) with new window treatments! Add pops of color or some texture with fun curtains of blinds. There are a ton of affordable options. You can check out some great bathroom window inspiration here!


Lighting can be a big game changer. You can get tons of affordable bathroom lighting options including pendant lights, wall lamps, and overhead lights. YOU can also paint your current light fixtures (CHECK OUT THIS GREAT TUTORIAL ON HOW TO USE RUB-N-BUFF ON A LIGHT FIXTURE TO TRANSFORM THE LOOK)

You can use sconces, ceiling lights, a chandelier, and many other types of


A new soap dish, soap pumps, containers for cotton balls, toothbrush holder, a basket or two, a candle on the bathtub and even a tissue box holder or a vase with fresh flowers can all freshen up a drab bathroom. With these objects you have the opportunity to achieve new look. With bathroom storage being a premium, any decorative pieces that offer storage are also a great thing to add.

Bathroom Countertop and Vanity

Now, realistically replacing your bathroom countertop might be a bit too pricey. But you can definitely do it. You can also re-surface your countertop using materials specifically for countertops. You can use a substance called Ardex Feather Finish, which is a product that can completely cover your current countertop and give it a modern concrete look.

There are also some inexpensive DIY projects you could do to update your bathroom decor to update it without breaking the bank.  You can create beadboard or shiplap that add interest to plain walls and give your bathroom a wonderful farmhouse look. I have an easy shiplap tutorial, you should definitely check it out! We installed board and batten in this bathroom and it immediately created more interest in the bathroom decor.

You can replace an old vanity with an affordable pedestal sink, especially if space is an issue. This can open the space up a bit.


Each bathroom design is different and unique. There are so many different things you can do to update an old bathroom decor without tearing out the whole space. Sometimes it is more important to work with what you have than to want to start over. Its important to work with the integrity of the space and of the house.

I have done complete remodels and quick updates and both can be extremely effective. I just wanted to share a little bit of how I do it. These bathroom decor ideas are just a few of the hundreds of things you can do to a bathroom. I hope that they have sparked a few decorating ideas of your own. I would love to hear them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. Hi, Sara! Yet another list of great ideas! These changes are so easy to make, yet they`re changing a whole look of the bathroom. I really like some of your suggestions. This is a beautiful neutral style that you can make suitable for everyone`s taste.

  2. I appreciate all the thoughts of diyers. You guys are so creative to give anything a great look. I am not a rich person and always looking for cheap renovation ideas. These article was enough to encourage me anyway. I am thinking of a homemade wooden toothbrush holder. What do you think that can add some value with this idea?

  3. Hello there! I just love visiting your site for such doable inspiration. I was wondering what paint colors you used in your teen bathroom? I am looking for great neutral combos and you hit the spot right on with the board and batten to the tribal shower curtain.
    Looking forward to what diy youll come up with next!

  4. Excellent article. Updating your bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth, and you have given many fine examples that proove this

  5. Hi Sara!
    I love the idea of changing my bathroom curtain every so often, as it creates a whole new different vibe every time ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, paint goes a long way. It makes a kit of difference.
    Thanks for sharing this great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Wow, These are looking gorgeous. Everything you use in your bathroom is awe-inspiring. I want to make my guest bathroom like this. I will keep it in my mind and apply this when I am going to make my guest bathroom. Hope so that it will be a gorgeous one. Thanks for the sharing this.

  7. Amazing article, Loved your ideas on updating the bathroom, Really Helpful. Thanks for sharing. Also, let me know any good idea about installing the best porcelain gloss tiles in the bathroom area.

  8. Hi Sara, hope you get this since I am responding to an old post. I am a brand new reader and just love your home an everything you have done! I would love to know if the finish on the vanity is something you did or is it a commercial finish? I love it!

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