I painted over the Masonite with a really good primer and then I decoupaged tissue paper in vivid colors over it — indigo blue, sunny yellow, even some silver tissue paper. It looks luminous, freckled, almost like water. Above the shower stall, I did much brighter colors and I sealed it all with a water-based polyurethane." While Cy applied his decoupage directly to the wall, his "simple French" look would work just as well applied to foam core or poster board, framed or not, and then hung on a bathroom wall for a splash of color you could change out whenever you want. "Paint the walls, or if they're mostly tile, paint the ceiling!" says Cy. "If the color doesn't work, you can paint it something else." And should you need to sell the house later, and believe the accepted wisdom that only white walls are appropriate in "For Sale" bathrooms, you can spend an afternoon painting it back. Or for just a minimal change, paint a frame and hang it on the bathroom mirror with Velcro.
Vanity units also allow you to play around with materials and colours. There are a lot of different worktop options, from marble effect to stone, that can bring another layer of design and a different feeling to your bathroom. If you have quite a lot of space, you could have a much more expansive vanity unit that spans the width of a wall (like in the picture at the top of this page). Most of the big-name brands sell a range of vanity units, but if you have the budget and want something very specific, you could also consider asking a builder to make bespoke bathroom storage for you. Bathroom cabinets and freestanding bathroom furniture Freestanding bathroom furniture and cabinets are usually cheaper than built-in, and often offer more flexibility. From full-length shelving units to mirrored wall units, the options are seemingly endless. They also mean you can make use of your walls and the height of your room. Consider these different options.
When you're spending your hard-earned money, you want to make sure every choice is the right one for you. Do you want a full-sized vanity? Should you install a medicine cabinet or floating shelves? It's normal for all of those choices to make your head spin. When surveying your options for one of the main aspects to your bathroom remodel — the cabinets and vanities — it's important to keep in mind two things: functionality and design. Cabinet functionality. Factors like the swing of the cabinet door or how deep your vanity is can make a big impact in terms of functionality, especially on hectic weekday mornings. Make sure everything is in an accessible place and the foot traffic pattern will allow for smooth transitions.
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