Spruce up the Bathroom for the Holidays
By Jill Black
Bathroom looking a little tired? As you think about getting your home-
ready for holiday entertaining, don't forget the bathroom. After-
all, it is bound to be the one place just about all your guests will-
visit. If your bathroom is in reasonable condition, a quick freshen up-
will make your bathroom the most popular room in the house this holiday-
1. Change the personality of your bathroom with new accessories. New-
towel bars and toilet paper holders are easy to install and soap dishes,-
toothbrush holders, cups, and liquid soap dispensers are readily-
available in coordinating finishes to match your faucets for extra-
2. Invest in plush guest towels in your favorite color or use-
complementary or contrasting towels with a holiday theme or colors.
3. A new rug helps add warmth to the bathroom, and camouflage worn-
floors. For a tropical themed bathroom try a bamboo floor mat matched-
with other warm, textured accessories like rattan chairs and baskets for-
towels and bath items.
4. Add some style and increase shelf space at the same time by using-
multi-tiered glass shelves or double towel racks. Wall mounts, which can-
include vases, candleholders and mirrors, are a multi-functional option.-
Canister sets are at home in many settings. Lidded canisters are ideal-
for holding bath salts, beads, sponges and soaps.
6. Glass and metal decorating accessories are as useful as they are-
beautiful. Clear glass containers allow the beauty and color of soaps-
and bath oils to compliment your color scheme. Glass cruets and-
apothecary jars are perfect for displaying bath salts, beads, oils and-
7. Add a scented candle, both for beauty and as a gentle way to freshens-
the air. Scented candles, soaps and other accessories can be used to-
accent and tie together a decorating theme e.g. a nautical or Asian-
themed bathroom. Adding a ledge of candles or a romantic French style-
table lamp provides extra ambience and style to a bathroom
8. Turn a boring, plain bathroom mirror into a work of art by adding-
picture-frame molding to the mirror's edges. Or for an even more-
affordable variation, use moldings from the craft store and paint,-
stain or decorate it with anything you like.
9. Monograms are not just for tablecloths and napkins or expensive-
towels and robes found in hotels. They are showing up on soap,-
bathrobes, vanity accessories and lampshades as well. Start a tradition-
and embroider your own family initials onto towels and wash cloths or-
appliqué initials using scraps of satin, linen or ribbon. Try sewing-
a contrasting band of color onto the edges of towels to match the-
color of the bathroom décor.
10. Add some greenery. An Aloe Vera plant works well in a modern setting-
and has the advantage of acting as an emergency first aid measure for-
cuts. In a villa or traditional setting try a member of the fern family.-
Do not use plants with soft or velvety leaves as the steam and moisture-
will cause the plant to die.
11. Make you walls interesting with Art. Decorate the walls with framed-
memorable items collected through the years like Christmas carol sheet-
music, children's art, or menus from restaurants visited on-
vacations. Valuable or heirloom pieces however, are best not displayed-
in the bathroom where temperature and humidity varies. When hanging art-
in the bathroom, seal pictures behind glass for protection. Clean frames-
and glass regularly.
Make use of narrow wall spaces. Accentuate the narrow space between e.g.-
windows or door frames by displaying two or more matching prints in-
identical frames. Tightly grouping an even number of pictures in a small-
space or narrow bathroom gives a window effect. Enhance this effect by-
using light colors and slender frames.
Copyright © Jill Black About the Author: Jill is the owner of Netwrite-Publish. For more ideas-
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