Ah, the bathroom. When it comes to home necessities, it reigns supreme. That being said, the first thing that comes to mind when you think about bathrooms isn’t exactly savory.

But think about all the other things you do in the bathroom that have nothing to do with the toilet. Whether you’re putting on makeup or brushing your teeth, you probably spend more time in there than you realize. Why not reinvent that space with some bathroom beautification? Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Add unexpected furniture.


Don’t stop at the sink, toilet, and bathtub. A great way to add unexpected opulence to your bathroom is to introduce a few statement pieces. If you have some room, hunt down a gorgeous armchair or grab an edgy end table. Reimagining spaces is about leaving conventions behind.

2. Love your linens.

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Linen closets are great, but don’t let yours rob you of a decorative opportunity. Instead of keeping your rags and towels in hiding, stock up on some pretty ones and use them to your advantage. Places like HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx carry unique, inexpensive options that you can use for their intended purposes and to add depth to your space by incorporating different colors, patterns, and textures.

3. Give your storage a facelift.


Something as simple as turning pretty containers into useful storage elements can elevate the vibe of any room. Before buying new things, go through your home decor stash and see if you have anything that you can repurpose. Have an extra vase sitting around? Use it to organize your makeup brushes. Do you have more coffee table trays than your coffee table can handle? Put one on the vanity to keep your skincare staples right where you need them. If you’re running low, check out flea markets for unique options with a little vintage flair.

4. Buy yourself some flowers.


Whether you like watering flowers or dusting off blooms of the silky variety, introducing a few bouquets is a simple (and affordable) way to upgrade your bathroom. Placement is key, so drop one bundle in a pretty vase on the vanity, and let a few others peek out from behind your linens on the shelf.

5. Pick something and run with it.


It can be hard to find inspiration, so if you’re in a rut, head to a local flea market and rummage through old treasures. Pick one object that speaks to you and build from there. It could be anything from a piece of jewelry to an antique perfume bottle, and from that point, you can start thinking about color palettes and decor.

6. Get your sconce on.


The right lighting can add a whole new level of luxury to any room. If you have some empty wall space over the vanity, throw in a little mood lighting. Sconces will help you add extra light when you need it, and let you make things dimmer while you relax in the bath.

7. Find a mirror that makes a statement.


As is the case with bathroom storage, bathroom mirrors are often left to their boring (but useful) devices. Ditch your stock mirror and switch it out with one that doubles as an accent piece. Something as simple as a beveled edge can instantly turn your mirror into a work of art. You can even frame one yourself for an unexpected twist.

8. Experiment with color.


While neutral colors are always welcome, a little punch can go a long way. If you love your neutrals but want to add something exciting to the mix, apply a simple coat of paint to things like shelving units, cabinets, and moldings. Painted walls are nice, but strategic pops of color are innovative and endlessly unique. Need help getting started? This should do the trick.

(h/t Bliss at Home)

You don’t have to be a professional decorator to reinvent a space. The most important thing about any room in your home is that it feels lived in, so why should this one be any different? Upgrading your bathroom won’t just make it look better. It’ll help you turn it into a little sanctuary that you can call your own.