Before and After: 5 Easy Ways to Upgrade a Bathroom

October 17, 2017

Fun fact: From a resale perspective, a bathroom makeover is one of the best investments to increase the value of your home. While a gut reno may be required for some extreme cases, a few simple hacks will elevate any bathroom – no sledgehammer needed. Don’t just take our word for it – see how we gave a generic white space some personality in five easy steps. Just pick a vibe (ours was “industrial chic respite”) – and try this at home!

1. Accent Wall

Bathroom with wallpaper

Source: Mason Liffmann and Monica Wang/Parachute

Graphic wallpaper is all the rage (à la this bedroom makeover), but a busy pattern in a small bathroom can be dizzying. We recommend an accent wall instead. It allows you to indulge in a bit of print without overwhelming the space. This Speckled Wallpaper in Cloud Blue by Rebecca Atwood adds dimension – and a dash of playfulness – to an otherwise contemporary look.


School House Electric Sconce

Ellerbe Sconce ($249)

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Rebecca Atwood Wallpaper

Speckled Wallpaper (prices will vary)

Rebecca Atwood

Towel Ring

Maxwell Towel Ring ($84)

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

2. Quality Bath Linens


Source: Monica Wang/Parachute

The only reason to leave a warm bath is a good towel. Our Classic Towels are soft, absorbent and super durable for that. But we’ve also got Turkish Towels to add a spa-like feel to your space. Lightweight and versatile, these Towels were designed to complement our entire Bath assortment – from the shower curtains to the Hand-knit Rugs to the robes

3. Personal Accessories

Detailed bathroom shot.

Source: Monica Wang/Parachute

So…what do you want to look at every day in here? Rather than clutter your bathroom with run-of-the-mill tchotchkes, add a few meaningful items that personalize the space. Remember, your bathroom should be an extension of the rest of your home. The handmade soapcarafe and cup setbath salt dish and teak stool here were all handmade by artisans and consistent with the owner’s love of light wood and one-of-a-kind pieces.


Carafe and cup

Carafe + Cup Set ($114)

Clay + Craft


Erode Summit Soap and Bouton Plate ($68)

Umé Studio

Turkish Towels

Turkish Towels ($19 – $29)


4. Good Lighting


Source: Mason Liffmann and Monica Wang/Parachute

Replacing outdated chrome light fixtures completely transformed the mood of this space. The minimalist Ellerbe Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. reinforced the industrial chic theme. Soft light from the globe shape of the sconces hits this mirror just right, making everyone look like a movie star ready for their close up. Sometimes the simplest update can make the biggest difference!

5. Space Savers


Source: Mason Liffmann and Monica Wang/Parachute

Focus on the details that contribute to both form and function. You don’t need to spend a lot to refresh your bathroom, but you should invest in items that do double duty. Get a nice mirror that will open up the room. Display your Towels on elegant rings – or a sleek ladder to maximize vertical space! Use a bathtub caddy to organize your bathing essentials. Think of your bathroom presentation as a gift to yourself – something you’ll appreciate every day.  


Bath Caddy

Live Edge Wood Bath Caddy ($70)


Teakwood stool

Artisan Teak Stool ($280)


Turkish Shower Curtain ($89)


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