Even if full-on theme decorating is just a little more obsessive than
you can handle, itís still a good idea to think about a general style
and mood youíre trying to evoke Ė bold and festive, sleek and
modern, tranquil and classic. Doing so will help you narrow down the
color scheme options. Look through decorating magazines and books; make
a trip to the paint store to look at paint chips; get inspired.
Of course, if youíre renting your pad or are otherwise unable to
make major bathroom changes, coming up with a theme or style may be
simply a matter of making the most of what youíre stuck with. Canít
do anything about that salmon-pink tile? Embrace the hue and go all out
with a fluffy-soft, rosy-hued, girly dťcor. Hate your seagreen toilet?
Try an ocean theme and the blue-green toilet will fit right in.
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Itís super anal-retentive and more than a little Martha,
but one of the quickest color scheme changes you can make is to
color-coordinate your towels, bathmats, toothbrush holder, etc. Outlet
stores are a good place to get good deals on new bath linens, and youíll
be amazed at what a new set of bath towels and hand towels can do to
freshen up the look of your bathroom. If youíre willing to invest a
little more effort, of course, paint is the budget decoratorís best
friend. Nasty cabinets can easily be repainted in whatever hue suits
your fancy, or give the whole room a color makeover with a fresh new
coat of paint for the walls. Itís even possible to paint over bathroom
tile (although itís probably best to leave any tile-painting in shower
or tub areas to a professional, since the water contact can be
problematic Ė DIY.com
offers helpful how-to advice, or talk to your friendly neighborhood
hardware store guy). Donít feel confined to boring old neutrals,
either Ö sure white goes with everything, but it can be a little
stark, and thereís nothing like a big sassy splash of bright color to
add instant personality to a room.