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Pretty Up Your Powder Room for Pennies

Design tips to revamp the most important room in the house -- the bathroom



    Pretty Up Your Powder Room for Pennies
    Courtesy of Michelle's Interiors
    Michelle Rohrer-Lauer teaches us how to spruce up our bathrooms, one small change at a time.

    If you're looking to do a major overhaul of a bathroom, say a new tub or vanity, that's probably going to set you back a few bucks. But, if you just want to spruce things up a bit, you can make some relatively inexpensive and easy changes that will give your lavatory a new lease on life (and we're not talking about installing a stripper pole in there a la Kate Hudson). Interior designer Michelle Rohrer-Lauer of Grayslake-based Michelle's Interiors offers some quick tips on prettying up your powder room without emptying your bank account.

    • By focusing on decor and accessories, you can really change the look and feel of an out-of-date space. A fresh new paint color on the walls or even on the vanity alone can create a whole new environment. Start there and choose accent pieces based on your new shade.
    • Purchase a new shower curtain, bath mat, towels and accessories in dramatically different hues than you had before that pop against your new wall color. Buy extra towels to display in a decorative basket.
    • Changing light fixtures, cabinet knobs and even shower hooks can modernize your bathroom and create visual interest without spending a lot of time or money.
    • Add shelving space to your washroom with plain metal shelves painted in your choice of color to house toiletries and attractive accents like scented candles.