Buy colorful, off-the-shelf window treatments and shower curtains, or consider custom. "That way you can pick pretty fabric that goes with your color scheme and coordinate it to look nice with something on the wall," says LaDonna. "There are lots of options when you go the custom route." If you have one of those bathrooms with the rare empty wall, consider tacking a bright, batik bedspread to cover it, hanging straight down or in easy folds. "Use the top of the toilet for bright, fun items," says Cy. He, for example, placed a bright yellow vase on the toilet tank that picked up other colors in the bathroom and holds corn husk flowers he got on vacation. He also decoupaged fake vases on the wall behind the tank and says his Ugly Duckling bathroom is now his favorite room of the house.
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.
Although many designers like to test paint right on the walls, color consultant Paulette Diamond, ASID, vice president of the International Association of Color Consultants - North America, suggests buying 8" x 10" flat canvas boards from an art supply store and painting one in each of the colors you are considering. "This system allows you to move the paint color samples around the room easily," she says, "while eliminating the mess and confusion of having several different colors painted on the wall." Finally, once you are pretty certain you have found the best color for your bathroom, "Just go for it," Joan says. "Remember, it's only paint. If you aren't happy with it you can change it very easily.
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