Editor’s note: Since bathroom remodeling is an expensive undertaking, we reached out to Nate Berkus—TV host, designer and master of smart, budget-frinedly room transformations—for his advice on updating a dated bath. Here’s what he had to say:
Consider the space. If you don’t have a lot of room, a full cabinet vanity—while enticing for the storage—might make the room feel small. Instead, consider a pedestal vanity. To make up for the missing storage, consider lidded baskets as a place to stow away all your products. If your space allows for a vanity, consider one that is open with places to stack towels.
Rethink the mirror. For the vanity mirror, think well beyond the medicine cabinet. I love finding mirrors that weren’t meant for this room and retrofitting them into the space. They tend to up the ante on the space and feel more interesting than a plain mirror. If you live in a home that already has a wall covered in a mirror that will cost too much to remove, consider installing a more interesting mirror right on top of the existing one. It requires a skilled hand to do it, but it makes the space feel more tailored.
Dress it up. Beyond that, consider a new shower curtain and fresh towels to make the space feel finished.
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