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1. Play With Paint
Painting walls, shelves or a vanity can be an inexpensive way to update your bathroom without having to make any other big changes. But before you start slathering a bright new color on your walls, take a few things into consideration.
Designer tips: "If you have obvious moisture problems that are so bad that paint is peeling or tile is falling off the wall, it's time to bring an expert in for a new remodel," says designer Linda Evans. "Moisture problems can lead to possible plumbing and ventilation issues that need replacement."
If your walls are in good shape, then you'll want to keep them that way. Use a water-based primer, recommends designer Kevin Wild. This will help keep moisture off your drywall and prevent mildew. You'll also want to look into a mildew-resistant paint — many designers suggest using semigloss paint because it repels moisture and is easy to clean. "I love the look of matte walls, though," says interior designer Barbra Bright. "Now it's possible to have them in the bathroom too. Companies like Benjamin Moore make matte paint designed for high-moisture areas — no more shine."
3. Upgrade Your Accessories
Changing hardware and bathroom accessories may be the easiest and most inexpensive way to spruce up your bathroom. Choose drawer pulls in bright colors or unique materials to make a bold statement on a plain vanity.
Designer tip: "The details are what matter," says Wild. "Sometimes you don't have a lot of wall space for art and accessories, so the gem in your room is the drawer pulls. This is where you splurge a little."