How to Make Your Bathroom Look Expensive

You don't need a big decorating budget to create a luxurious bathroom, as long as you know the best color secrets. Learn how to use paint color and accessories to create a gorgeous bathroom on a budget.

Changing the lighting in your bathroom is one of the easiest ways to transform a plain space into a high-end showpiece. Rethink how lighting is typically used in a bathroom for a designer look. Instead of the traditional light bar above the mirror, try out pretty sconces on either side. If you have the space available, pendants are a trendy look for bathrooms.


Use White for Elegant Simplicity

– White cabinets and countertops create the backdrop for a simple and elegant bathroom. Use a light neutral paint color and white bath linens to create a high-end hotel bathroom style. A casual bathroom can look more expensive if you splurge on quality white towels and rugs. Pair your white linens with neutral accessories to tie everything together.

Gray Bathrooms Are Classic Beauties

– After decades of white or wood-toned bathrooms, gray has burst into the design industry as the new go-to bathroom and kitchen color. The reasons for choosing gray for your bathroom are obvious. Gray is soothing and easy to match. Warm grays, such as greige, can keep a bathroom from looking cold. Greige is also a perfect choice to complement a wood vanity or trim in the space and with brushed silver fixtures. Use lighting and accessories to complete your high-end gray bathroom look.

Create a Soothing Bath Retreat With a Monochromatic Color Scheme

The most expensive bathrooms are usually spa-inspired. Simple colors and materials are the favorites for spa-inspired bathrooms because of their relaxing qualities. You can create that spa vibe with a simple monochromatic color scheme. You don't have to choose a neutral color for your monochromatic scheme. A pretty blue or aqua paint color in varying shades can be super relaxing, too.

Make the Outdoors the Star

Most expensive bathrooms incorporate the outdoors as a design element. For your bathroom makeover, look for ways to bring the outdoors in with new window treatments that let more light in. Plants and artwork depicting plants are not just great ways to recreate an outdoor space but can have feng shui benefits as well.

Painted Furniture Creates a High-End Custom Bathroom Style

Sometimes all you need to create a luxurious custom-style bathroom is a coat or two of paint. If you're handy at all, there are awesome DIY tutorials online that can help you turn a dresser or chest into a vanity. If you're not into DIY or don't have the time, you can use paint to create a custom look with your boring bathroom vanity.

Rethink White Trim for Masculine Bathroom Style

If you love the enchanting look of dark wall color and floors, there's no reason to spoil the mood with white trim and molding. Dark color walls can be beautiful with crisp white trim, but for a subtly elegant look, pair rich wall colors such as navy blue, charcoal gray, or dark brown with mid-toned neutral trim colors.

Neutral Wainscoting Gives Your Bathroom Elegance

This elegant bathroom from Sherwin-Williams shows you that a simple change such as painting your wainscoting in a neutral color other than white can completely change your bathroom. There is no hard and fast rule that wainscoting and beadboard must be painted white. You definitely will want to stick with neutrals if you change your wainscoting, but you will still have a wide range of colors to choose from.

Add an Unexpected Pop of Color With Vibrant Cabinets and Shelves

– This white bathroom gets an instant style boost with bold color from the stunning aqua Decora cabinets and shelves. A quick makeover of your white bathroom doesn't need a lot of color. The secret to this pricey look is to choose one color for an accent and repeat it throughout your bathroom. Inexpensive accent pieces can include a new rug, towels, artwork, hamper, or even a mirror frame.

Use Tile for a Zen Retreat Style Bathroom

Taking the time and expense to redo your bathroom means that the outdated tub surround or insert should probably go. Expensive bathrooms feature tiled showers and tubs even in the simplest of spaces. Tile is a splurge for your bathroom that can be a timeless update. The secret to choosing a bathroom tile that will stay stylish is to choose neutral colors and simple designs. A gorgeous glass tile ribbon through your tiled shower can give it tons of personality while keeping it relevant for years to come, especially when it's paired with neutral tile colors.

Use Colorful Glass Tiles for an Art-Inspired Bathroom

– Bathroom tile doesn't have to be neutral or plain. Expensive art-inspired spaces use tile in creative ways. For your artsy bathroom, try installing a glass tile backsplash in pretty colors. If you are redecorating your bathroom inexpensively, look for mirrors with colorful tile frames. Match towels and other accessories to your colorful tile accents for a fun new look.

Make a High-End Vintage Bathroom Style With One Paint Color

Are you decorating a bathroom with vintage features? This color secret can turn your dated bathroom into a trendy space. When you are decorating a dated bathroom that you can't change, don't try to fight the features that you can't fully remodel. You can use those dated features to your advantage by choosing one paint color to unify space.

Luxurious Wood Accents Add Natural Style to Your Bathroom

Wood as a decorative element in your bathroom can give the space a relaxed and calming retreat style. Using wood as a horizontal wall design is reminiscent of a sauna at high-end resorts and ski lodges. Pair the wood accents with neutral paint colors and natural decor accents to complete the soothing look.

Try Rich Jewel Tones for a Dramatic Powder Room

Powder rooms are the ideal spot for a glam bathroom makeover. This is the one room of your home where you're almost expected to go a little over-the-top with your decorating and paint color.

Personalize Your Bathroom With a Wallpaper Accent

You can create a custom bathroom style with just a little wallpaper. Old school wallpaper borders are not as popular as they once were, but using wallpaper with crown molding creates an elegant look. In a powder room try a wallpaper accent wall for a glamorous bathroom style.

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