Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath

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:

Nate Berkus. Photo: Sam Jones

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.

Home Decorators Collection Fraser Bath Vanitey

Fraser bath vanity from Home Decorators Collection

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.

Etsy BeautiSHE Upcycled Mirrors

Upcycled mirrors from BeautiSHE on Etsy

Dress it up. Beyond that, consider a new shower curtain and fresh towels to make the space feel finished.

West Elm Gradiated Stripe Shower Curtain

Gradiated Stripe shower curtain from West Elm

For more on bathroom remodeling, consider:

Bathroom Decorating Ideas
5 Small Bathroom Space-Busters
Quick Tip: “Budget-Smart” Bathroom Remodeling