Design Your Own Bathroom Without Remodeling

That vintage bathroom in your home may function perfectly but still leave you feeling artistically unsatisfied. Tastes change over the years and maybe those coral tiles or aqua lamp shades just do not suit your contemporary decorating aesthetic. There are several ways to design your own bathroom without resorting to expensive and time-consuming remodeling services.

Surface Changes

Painting over old tiles is easier than you might think; many custom bathrooms make use of existing tile work in this way. You will need:

  • Oil-based primer
  • Paint in your choice of color (check the label to make sure it can be used effectively on tile)
  • A roller brush
  • Narrow paint brush for touch-ups
  • A paint tray
  • Plastic sheeting or tarps to protect surfaces

Following the instructions on the packaging, apply an even coat of primer to the tiles in your bathroom. Once the primer has set, apply the paint. Multiple coats may be required to cover especially dark tiles. A roller brush will let you distribute a smooth, even coating; use the narrow brush to touch up corners and small spaces.

A Few New Accessories


You can find many bathroom design ideas by visiting discount home good stores, thrift stores, and yard sales. Look for shelving solutions, lighting fixtures, soap dishes, and storage bins. These can quickly boost the appearance of a bathroom. Even small bathrooms can benefit from the addition of a colorful framed print, so keep an eye out for a picture you like.

Bathroom decorating does not have to cost a lot of money or require a lot of effort. A few simple changes can significantly improve your home. Check out our bathroom ideas page and download our FREE bathroom design ideas book below for more inspiration!