It’s hard to believe that this time last winter, I was busy cutting bathroom floor underlayment to size on my deck (I wrote about it in this post, if you want to blast into the past for a moment).
After going through the exercise of renovating our bathroom, I’ve found that I’m even more interested in how others are reinterpreting their bathrooms, and, don’t tell my husband, but I’m really excited to do it all over again someday. In addition to pacing with cool bathroom fixture trends there are a whole lot of other trends that have caught my eye, and I think you’ll be inspired by them too, even if they’re not as Vegas as adding mirrors with LED TVs. They’re DIY-able design updates that can really easily improve your space without spending a lot of money.
Keep on reading to see more, and be inspired to make custom updates to your own bathroom!
Wall stenciling is one of those design elements that I like best in small doses. I’ve never actually stenciled a wall myself, and truth be told, I’m really intimidated by how time consuming and meticulous it appears to be (depending on the pattern). While you might have to be really impassioned to take on stenciling your entire dining room, starting in a smaller area to hone your skills can be worthwhile – and add huge effect.
Case in point, check out Mandy’s beautiful bathroom. The look is subtle because she kept it the stenciling to one wall, and most impressively, it doesn’t look like a stencil because the pattern does a great job at hiding the repeating areas. I’ve added her rose damask stencil to my list of things to love. (Side note: Her curtains were hand painted too!)
I really wanted to add floating shelves to our bathroom when it was done, two or three shelves that would hang directly above the toilet for extra storage and appeal, but the walls in our bathroom just wouldn’t accomodate them like I’d imagine. If the shape of our bathroom was a little different, I would follow Caitlin’s lead in a heartbeat and create DIY floating shelves like she did in her bathroom. (You can read her whole tutorial right here.)
I’m still all about our subway tile. It’s classic, clean, and visually interesting without being eccentric or costly, and I’d probably do it all over again in my next bathroom renovation, but instead of plain white, I might jump into a different direction and choose one of the many subway tile colors available on the market (the ones in the next photo are only the ones available as special order at The Home Depot), but other suppliers offer even more options:
I gravitate to the chartruse, spring green, and every single gray. Complemented with neutrals and wood tones, I think either one would make for a magnificent standing shower surround. I also like the blue glass tile that Amy Matthews shows you how to install in this video:
What DIY updates are you planning in your own home?
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.