How to Decorate Your Bathroom Without A Major Renovation

This navy blue bathroom vanity and white marble counter top is accentuated with a steel-framed round mirror and copper sconces.

This navy blue bathroom vanity and white marble counter top is accentuated with a steel-framed round mirror and copper sconces.

There's nothing worse than a bathroom mirror that looks like it belongs in a public restroom.  I'm sure you recognize the kind which spans the entire wall.  They're typically borderless and lack any character.  Rather than emphasizing the room, they create a bland image.  Just take a look at the bathroom in the image below.  

Nothing says boring faster than the sight of a mirror spanning the entire side of a vanity or wall.

Nothing says boring faster than the sight of a mirror spanning the entire side of a vanity or wall.

Add A Framed Round Bathroom Mirror

Round mirrors emphasize the character in the walls -- whether it's the paneling, backsplash tile, or texture of the grouting.  They let the little details shine.  Be sure to choose one with a framed edge.

This white and gold bathroom is so cute, sophisticated, and feminine.  I love the touch of pink peonies.

This white and gold bathroom is so cute, sophisticated, and feminine.  I love the touch of pink peonies.

Plants Give The Bathroom Sophistication

It's true that they add sophistication in any room.  Yet, they're often overlooked to add in bathroom.  Rather than splurging on fancy hand lotion for guests, why not try one or three stems of flowers or perhaps a succulent.

The potted plants in this subway tiled bathroom give it a pop of color and sophistication.

The potted plants in this subway tiled bathroom give it a pop of color and sophistication.

Succulents in a bathroom need little maintenance and have a hip aesthetic.

Succulents in a bathroom need little maintenance and have a hip aesthetic.

Bathroom Lighting Adds Character

It's a tale as old as home buying.  You move in to a new home or apartment and the bathroom has the standard cheap vanity lights or worse the long flourescent bulb (see below).  Why not add your own personality to the room?!  

Bathroom tube lighting is boring and drab.  Get rid of these right away.  Try pendant or sconce lights instead.

Bathroom tube lighting is boring and drab.  Get rid of these right away.  Try pendant or sconce lights instead.

Ideal lighting should be on either side of the vanity mirror.  Overhead lighting adds shadows when applying makeup.  With that said, to each their own.  You're better off without the boring lights and adding your own style to the room.

This traditional bathroom with shiplap walls and clear glass sconces is perfect for a Cape Cod-inspired home.  I love the touch of Molton Brown products and the turkish towels.

This traditional bathroom with shiplap walls and clear glass sconces is perfect for a Cape Cod-inspired home.  I love the touch of Molton Brown products and the turkish towels.

Add A Stylish Low Stool

Stools create a spa-like ambiance that's perfect for extra storage.  They're incredibly handy for storing a book or magazine.  Perhaps accessorize them with soft towels and and a loofah instead.

This slate and wood stool not only adds a spa-like aesthetic, it's also great for storage and accessorizing your bathroom.

This slate and wood stool not only adds a spa-like aesthetic, it's also great for storage and accessorizing your bathroom.

Or Add A Spa Tower or Towel Rack

If you need more storage than a stool can provide, opt for a spa tower or towel ladder.  

Adding a spa tower or towel rack lends storage and style to your bathroom.

Adding a spa tower or towel rack lends storage and style to your bathroom.

Try A Combination of These

Feel free to try a combination of these.  Check out some of these rooms for more inspiration below.

The masculine touch of black honeycomb tile and a steel framed round mirror are softened with rustic features. 

The masculine touch of black honeycomb tile and a steel framed round mirror are softened with rustic features. 

The wood beams in this rustic bathroom really bring out the neutral tones in the frame of the round mirror.

The wood beams in this rustic bathroom really bring out the neutral tones in the frame of the round mirror.

I can't resist a blue bathroom vanity with brass pulls and white countertop.

I can't resist a blue bathroom vanity with brass pulls and white countertop.

The black and white tile in this bathroom is hip and chic.

The black and white tile in this bathroom is hip and chic.

What's your go-to bathroom decorating trick?  Tell us in the comments below.