If you dread walking into your dated bathroom and dream of a change, we’ve got a fresh list of bathroom decorating ideas that are inexpensive and simple to do.

The most important project you can do for a bathroom makeover is a lighting upgrade. A Swedish study found that lighting, paired with the right color, affects mood. Changing out your lighting can be easy and affordable, plus it makes a small bathroom look bigger and more beautiful.

Older lighting fixtures and fluorescent lighting cast unattractive shadows and unflattering color hues on your skin. If changing a fixture isn’t possible, you can upgrade your light bulbs with new fluorescent bulbs that have the color warmth of light cast on a bright, sunny day.

Once you’ve upgraded the lighting quality of your bathroom, paint is the next quick and easy update. Pick light colors for large surfaces like the walls and save the darker, richer tones for accents. Check to see how your color choices look in your new lighting before you paint, since the color temperature can change a color’s shade.

Set a weekend aside, invite friends over and try a few of these DIY bathroom decor ideas to give your bathroom a facelift.

Here is an overview of our quick and easy bathroom decorating ideas:

Fresh Bathroom Paint

Improve your bathroom wall decor by painting your walls with the perfect color. Light colors will make a small bathroom look bigger. Dark or vibrant colors add a touch of drama to any size bath. 

It’s no longer necessary to choose gloss paint in a bathroom to combat moisture. Ask the paint shop to mix in an additive to matte paint to keep it from getting mildewed.

Don’t stop with painting the walls — purchase an eggshell or semi-gloss paint and paint the cabinets, too!

Unique Lighting Fixtures

Replacing outdated lighting fixtures can transform your bathroom decor. There’s a wide variety of affordable lighting fixtures available in stores and online. 

Remember, major electrical projects are best left to professionals. However, with some guidance, switching out lighting fixtures is an easy DIY bathroom project you can do in a day. 

Don’t be afraid to try trends when changing your powder room lighting. Modern bathroom lighting includes hanging pendants and light bars that diffuse light in a room. It’s smart to choose LED lighting fixtures, since they’re the most energy-efficient and don’t add extra heat to your bathroom.

Bathroom Wall Art

There’s no need to stare at blank walls in your bathroom. Treated canvas prints are water resistant and affordable. Go for oversized proportions to get the best visual impact. For a unique look, have a local printer blow up a favorite photo into customized wall art. Nowadays, custom printers can create canvas prints and even laminate them for water resistance.

When brainstorming bathroom decorating ideas for art, think beyond a canvas print. A wall gallery of favorite objects like starfish or baskets can be a personal and refreshing way to decorate your bathroom walls.

Bath Tile Refresh

If your tile is boring, try covering it with removable adhesive tiles like the ones shown above. They’re easy to cut and install and they look like the real thing. The big win is that they can be removed whenever you want without damaging the surface behind it — perfect for updating the bath in an apartment or rented house.

Hardware and Faucet Upgrades

Here’s a quick and easy bathroom decorating idea — change out your bathroom’s hardware. 

New drawer pulls, towel bars, toilet paper holder, and faucet will completely change the look of your bath. Replacing your bathroom fixtures can even make your countertop look fresh again. Especially if you have a small bathroom that’s “adorned” with gold brass circa 1978.

Replacement is as simple as unscrewing or popping off the old hardware and adding a new one. To keep this project quick and easy, be sure you are replacing old hardware with similarly-sized screw hole spacing, especially on bar style drawer pulls that require to screws. You’ll make fewer new holes the cabinets and walls.

New Powder Room Flooring

There are DIY-friendly flooring options today that are modern and easy to work with.

Affordable, resilient vinyl floor planks are available at most home improvement stores and come in a variety of wood species and patterns. They’re realistic looking (white-washed oak shown above) and include texture and imperfections on the surface, much like a real wood floor or stone tile would. Installing is as easy as scoring with a blade, peeling and sticking. The best part is that they’re waterproof and come with long warranties against wear and tear.

You can also add a woven vinyl floor rug by Chilewich. The rugs are industrial strength, can be ordered in custom sizes and have a rubber backing that adds padding and comfort to your bathroom floor.

Better Storage in Your Bath

Decluttering and organizing your bathroom will instantly give it a fresh look. If you have a small bathroom, think about how you can improve on existing storage. Adding pull-out drawers (that sort items easier) into a cabinet is an easy weekend upgrade. Standard sizes of pull-out drawers are available at most home improvement stores.

Other ways to maximize storage include:

–Floating wall shelving
–Wall-mounted baskets
–Small furniture-style storage cabinet

Updated Towels and Rugs

Now you’re in the last leg of bathroom decorating stages. This part’s like adding a giant bow to a present. Donate or throw away your old, mismatched towels and buy soft, fluffy ones that match your new bathroom decor. Throw in an accent color or pattern for a modern bathroom design touch. Shop for these key textiles to update your powder room style:

–Towels. Try fresh textures and shades of color
–Floor mat. Look for comfort and unique materials.
–Shower curtain. Choose a patterned or printed shower curtain that coordinates with your towels and mats. 

Accents and Accessories

Ready to put the final touches on your bathroom decor?  Add a few more custom accessories and accent pieces to complete your DIY bathroom design. Here are some ideas to get you started:

–Wastebasket
–Bathroom soap dish or soap scum
–Live houseplants, like orchidsTowels. Try fresh textures and shades of color
–Candle or room diffuser for a fresh scent